Friday, September 25, 2009

New Lines, Different Directions

As I mentioned, things have started to take shape again the the metals shop. The unplanned hiatus turned out to be a great break, and I returned to the jeweler's bench with renewed inspiration, motivation, and lots of new ideas. These ideas, while clearly formed, have resulted in a mish-mash of the many different paths my imagination takes me on. And it's interesting, the directions the designs are headed in. From rustic to contemporary, I am wondering if I am going to be able to pull this off—blending very different styles while still keeping a coherent body of work. I'll take you on a tour of my latest work and see if I can't demonstrate how they connect in a way that makes sense.

First, there's a new "Raw" line of simple shapes with a rustic feel to them, like the Raw Oval Earrings (below). Thoroughly beaten up, each piece will be new take on a classic—an oval dangle, a round pendant, or a teardrop earring, for example. The "Raw" pieces will be perfect for everyday wear, but will also bring a natural feel to a more formal occasion.

In relation to the "Raw" line, the new "Pastoral" series will reflect a natural sentiment, but by depicting simple scenes of the outside world, rather than through texture. While the organic effect of the oxidized interior lends to their provincial quality, these scenes are given a more urban feel by being cut from a highly-polished dome. The Tree Scene Necklace , shown below, is the first in this series.

Lastly, a new line of mirrored pieces in the works called SpyWear, which is an expansion on the original mirrored line. These pieces feature a simple shape (my design, or choose your own) cut from a small dome, then set in a bezel that holds a mirror inside. With dramatic contrast, the shape and darkened dome are set apart from the shine of the mirror's reflection.

The SpyWear line has a notably contemporary edge to it, in contrast to the other lines, but simplicity and a featured form is what makes all the new pieces relate to each other.
I will be expanding all three lines over the next few weeks. Check back here, or at my Etsy shop to see what comes of these three design endeavors.


  1. What beautiful pieces, great job.

  2. Amy, your jewelry is exceptional! I get a feeling from your work, that is both timeless and modern. Sophisticated and rustic. I love the names you gave your different lines too! The Raw Line feels like a combination of modern and ancient! So organic... Love it!

    Greetings from a fellow fishie!

  3. Thanks so much for the kind comment on my blog. I love all your pieces of jewelry. Especially your raw oval earrings! Beautiful. Great names and info on the inspiration behind the lines!

  4. I can't tell you how much I love this style. Gorgeous!