Exceptional joy can be found in making something beautiful and purposeful out of something of a much lesser value. I like to think of the end result as being the difference that I’ve made.
Those leather remnants don’t look like much right now, but later on, somewhere down the road after the work has been done, someone will ask ‘Did you really make this beautiful piece?’ and I will say yes.
With a such smile on my face, and warmth in my heart ‘Yes – yes I did make this!‘.
Elements of Surprise in Making Something Beautiful
People are often surprised with the end results of my jewelry designs.
The magic that imagination can play, when given the some to grow, is quite powerful. Sometimes, I even shock myself.
As stated during an interview for Hamilton Spectators’ WhoWhatWear article, (Dec 2014) regarding the results of pretty much any designing session I’ve ever had…
‘It’s weird because when I’m done, I’m like, how did I come up with that?”
Perhaps it’s the weirdest thing I could have ever said at the time.
Now it probably is, but quite honestly, despite the years of experience, this element of surprise doesn’t seem to go away.
That’s part of the attraction.
For others (who are often not handcrafted one of a kind jewelry clientel, but rather DIY’ers) it is easy to see one of my designs and think, ‘oh I get how that was made – I could make that myself’ or even better, questioning how it could be that expensive.
These are all after thoughts, and nothing that can compare to original designs, and the hours designing actually takes. Regardless, I want everyone to create something beautiful – with their hands – and with their life.
The Life Lesson:
Anyone can imitate, but being boldly original, and unapologetic for having a sense of yourself – and who you want to become – that’s making something beautiful.
I encourage you to do this for all of your days.
With an open heart,