For Part 3 of my series on artistic growth, jewelry artist, Jeanne of J3Jewelry shares her journey of growth with us.Â Jeanne has not only grown in her craft, but in photographing her jewelry too.Â Here's what Jeanne has to say on the subject:
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My journey and my growth are far from over, but I feel like
Iâ€™ve learned a lot in the almost 3 years that Iâ€™ve been doing this. All self
taught, and when I see what people who have gone through formal training can
produce, at times it makes me really wish I could put myself through school to learn the same skills in that type of setting. However, I am enjoying
this self-taught road as well. I get to spend as much time on something as I like before I move on to the next thing that catches my fancy.
The first jewelry project that really started me on my way were these
simple earrings. I took an hour long class that taught me how to do a wrapped
loop, how to use pliers to open a loop to connect components together and use flush cut pliers to snip extra wire off.Â
Very simple stuff. Incidentally, this is what also got me hooked on
Swarovski crystals.Â As you can see in the picture, those are Swarovski crystal
earrings. This is also one of my first photographs. I positioned the earrings in
direct sunlight because I couldnâ€™t get a picture illuminated enough to
demonstrate the colors of the crystals well enough for my liking any other way.
I didnâ€™t know a thing about light boxes or indirect light at the time. Iâ€™ve come
a long way since then!
A whole bunch of time, research and practice later, I have
learned new techniques and better picture taking skills. Here is one of my
favorite weaves and photos. Still not the best it could be picture-wise, but
it was a turning point in the quality of pictures I was beginning to take. This
is simply on a sheet of white copy paper in indirect sunlight. A bit of help
from Photoshop lightened it just a bit and it was cropped as well.
Nowadays I use my hand made light box for a lot of my
photos. I donâ€™t always have my pieces ready to photograph during sunlight
hours. The bracelet below was for a friend and I finished it up right before I
was to attend a going away party for her in the evening. You can see the
difference between the indirect sunlight and the light from the light box. Not
necessarily bad, but different. Yes, I still have much to learn, and Iâ€™m loving
every minute of it!
Thank you, Dawn, for asking me to contribute to your next
blog post! I look forward to reading it when itâ€™s posted!
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Jeanne, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with us.Â It's a wonderful insight into how you've grown and continue to grow as a jewelry artist.Â Â
To see more of Jeanne's beautiful jewelry, visit J3Jewelry Artfire studio.