I guess it's time to start talking! Well, I mean blogging and talking about my journey. Creative journey. Just like many others, 2020 should be deleted out of my life book for good, but - but ! Wait. The 2020 pandemic made me really look deep into my creative closet - and I mean that literally and metaphorically.
In the beginning of the pandemic I opened my creative closet in my living room to organize it (trust me it looked exactly like Monica’s secret closet from that Friends episode). I started playing with all the creative projects I did in the past and got deeper into really making whatever I wanted out of all the tools and supplies I had. The 2020 pandemic kept me hostage in a creative bubble. I pulled out my sewing machine and for a hot minute started thinking of walking away from jewelry and beginning a clothing collection.
Growing up in a seamstress’ family, I had a knowledgeable foundation about how to make samples and then put them into production. I knew it would take time, but if I structured myself and didn’t rush, I could patiently build a collection of few things for late 2021-2022. Little did I know, the deeper I started looking into it, the more I realized how the world of sewing – the world that I grew up in - was no longer mine.
I went to my master jeweler for advice (he helped me build my Dumbbell Jewelry Collection). What should I do? How can I bring to life a brand new jewelry collection? His advice was simple - just stick to the bench.
He was right, all I had to do was sit behind the bench and let it come to me. I set up my jewelry bench in my living room, moved things around for the wax injector, cleared out the kitchen counter for the polishing machine, and since I don't cook I use my electrical flat top stove as a counter for the ultrasonic and my tumbler.
I'm not going to say sleepless nights exactly, but lots of hours went by, experimenting and melting, burning and breaking stones - his advice worked. With my dedication and his guidance, this is what I been up to. At this moment, these items are not in the store, and many items might not make it to the store and will only be available upon request.
These days I'm obsessed with silver rings, natural stones and bezel settings, tiny elements and an overload of magic! The more time I spend at my bench, the more and more I learn to surrender, be patient, and trust the process.
Visit my Instagram account to see more items that I made for last few months @CreativeGalina
On the next blog, I would love to share with you the process, the thoughts and creative struggle behind the scenes and I hope I can capture this magic in the right words. I’d love for you to see how some things just work without any explaining or overthinking.
Oh - and the other advice I got from my jeweler that got me stuck for few days (I was definitely overthinking!)