I woke up early this morning, had some caffeine, got out my iPod and sat down in my studio. Time to be creative. I'm fortunate that when I find myself stressed or suffering with insomnia (for some reason, an issue this week), I can always do my favorite thing- make jewelry. When I work on my designs I tend to get into a creative space in my mind, very little disrupts me. My dogs jump around, bark at my neighbors leaving for work, but I pay no attention. People who have witnessed this call it my "zone," as I will often have conversations, or at the very least respond to what they are saying, with little recollection of it later. Best not to ask me important things if I have a pair of pliers in my hands...its like trying to talk to a sleepwalker!
custom work. Often I sit down in front of what must look like an absolute disaster to everyone else. Spools of wire, tools, tiny beads, little bags of gemstones scattered about in what seems like no rhyme or reason. It looks as though a tornado hit my studio- all the time. But, somehow I tend to know (generally) where things are and have a method to my madness. I like to work with the materials- the gemstones, strands of pearls, and shiny chains, feel them in my hands and visualize what they could be.