I made a ring a day (RAD) last year and that project was more about finding new ideas than it was about making cohesive and well-planned work. With RAW I want to take more time designing and fabricating rings, I want each piece to be extensively thought out and well-finished. For RAD my ideas were all over the place – I needed a lot of variety to stick with the project. My goal for Ring a Week is to maintain a disciplined art making practice and to end the year with a cohesive body of small, wearable sculpture.
My secondary goals for RAW are to improve my stone setting skills, never miss a Sunday deadline, and start to incorporate some of my conceptual ideas into the work. I am moving to a production style of jewelry making this year (uggh) with a wholesale line, and making art for RAW will provide some balance.
We’re seven rings into the year and I find I am only meeting some of my goals. The last three weeks I’ve put off fabrication until Sunday despite designing the rings early in the week. I’ve ultimately been unsatisfied with the work because I can’t take the time to properly solve problems. I can’t step away and come back fresh, or make sure I have the right materials ahead of time, and I haven’t had time to suitablyfinish the rings. I’ll keep working on it – onward and upward!
Please visit the blogs of these RAW participants to read their thoughts:
Laura M (Zoeowyn)