Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Working Together

I'm writing a simultaneous post about grunge, but wanted to get this up first. Last year, I had a really wonderful working relationship with an Australian jeweler I met on etsy. She has since departed the Internet (as far as I know), but I wanted to share one of our more interesting collaborations.
I found these vintage charms online:

And since we needed a birthday gift for my music-loving, art-majoring cousin, I thought: Eureka! I asked Em to work something out that was very rocker chic/ chick and then we'd go from there, which was our usual process.

This was the first design:

I am still iffy on this. It's certainly not my taste, but I had to remember that this wasn't for my birthday. My qualms centered around my cousin's petite frame; I was afraid this would not only overwhelm her, but draw attention to her large bosom. (Which, with the help of myriad low-cut shirts, she does well enough on her own.)

So Em came up with this:

Which was the final design. Again, not necessarily my aesthetic, but I liked it enough. My cousin loved it. Any opinions out there?

If you've never worked with a jeweler on a commissioned piece, I would highly recommend it. You are allowed to become part of the creative process, even if you can't set a stone.

8 comments:

Kori said...

Wow- I actually really love the final necklace. Very cool.

In Yr Fshn said...

Thanks, Kori!

WendyB said...

I think the final necklace came out great. And I too recommend doing custom designs ;-P

In Yr Fshn said...

I know, Wendy, you are like the ultimate example of collboration and I envy you for it...

Shaz said...

quick question, were are all these designs from? Did you design them? or are you a jewellary enthusiast?

In Yr Fshn said...

Hey Shaz,
I am a very big jewelry enthusiast! I have a small notebook of sketches and everytime I see a design I like online, I keep a copy of the picture on my desktop (which is, as you can imagine, very cluttered). Basically, Em and I would go back and forth with pictures and designs, and she would come up with something. Then I would tell her what I liked and didn't like; she was incredibly accomodating to my whims.
Also? Very affordable. I think this necklace ended up costing $50 0r $60.

krissy said...

wow, i really love that necklace!

In Yr Fshn said...

Thanks Krissy! I need to tell my cousin about all the love her necklace is getting!