A friend recently asked me about my creative process, if there were bursts and lulls, ebbs and flows. In thinking this over, I admitted to myself that the highs, the bursts of wild inspiration, are breathtaking and powerful and never do I feel so energized as when the tidal wave of the muse washes over me. However, as a tidal wave is wont to do, it has the potential and power to knock me off my feet and spin me into a frothy, fizzy mess. A beautiful and appreciated mess, but a mess all the same. Sometimes the multitude of creative ideas, all calling out their desire to be realized can feel downright paralyzing.
And the lows are of course, low. I tend to keep a tidier kitchen, the laundry gets caught up and I spend so much time paging back through sketchbooks, wondering what in the world I was thinking with such and such drawings. These are the days when I know I need to just keep showing up, to constantly remind myself that what came from my head and heart still resides there, and that I will find it again. And that maybe, just maybe, I need to rest.
But it is the middle ground that is my favorite. That honest, sturdy place. When the frenzy has slowed (I think my muse is a kinetic being - she is ALL or nothing and spazzy to the max), when I've had a chance to hold each idea and look at it from all sides, when I've been able to discern which ones truly must see creation and which need to germinate a while longer. It's such a practice, such a constant search for balance. It's like finding a runner's stride, like hearing a perfect harmony, like believing in the rhythm of your own unique heartbeat. And it doesn't always come naturally. Hense the practice.
So, as I tend to do, I thought about all this and let my hands work.
The Practice of Balance
(sterling silver and pisco blue chrysocolla)
This ring was quite literally, a practice in balance. The idea arrived in a flash, so I took a day to marinate over it. That electric blue stone called out for tiny feathers so I happily obliged. Each ball of sterling granulation was individually placed, some intuitively, others after careful consideration. The physical balance of this ring is lovely; it cradles the finger with a rich weight, just enough to remind you of its presence. There is a quiet breath in this ring and it wears like a token of peace.
(in the shop
Wherever you are today, just know I believe in your good heart.
~ Umber ~