The Genesis Moment idea is the brainchild of the wonderful Rachael at The Bowerbird Girl blog. What was my ‘Genesis Moment’, the moment of ‘aha, that is what I want to do when I grow up’ for me? How has that developed into what I do now, what I am known for? That is the question and a tricky one I think, I am still not really sure what I want to do when I grow up. Do I have an answer, well yes, thanks for asking, I do.
I have been making jewellery for a good many years, mainly for myself and now I sell it too. Only recently have I found my ‘what I do’, the ‘What are you known for’ part of the Genesis Moment.
To be honest, I used to make jewels which I knew would be popular but they really weren’t my style, but someone had asked, so I obliged. These pieces are never your best work are they, kind of someone else’s idea really.
A few years ago, I had the pleasure of taking a class instructed by the amazing, inspiring and brilliant Stephanie Sersich to make her signature ‘Spiney Knotted Bracelet’. I used a gorgeous selection of beads and thread provided by Stephanie, followed along closely and made my first bracelet. The whole experience of the class and the finshed bracelet set the wheels of my brain spinning.
My style is simpler than this, but the techniques are so versatile that I continued to work with the linen thread and with the macrame knots. Eventually, I developed my own range of wrap bracelets which are long long long and can be worn as a necklace or a bracelet and sometimes an ankle bracelet. My own stash of CatsEatDogs wrap bracelets shows how much I love them and I will wear two or three at a time.
I have made necklaces and earrings with the linen as the constant base and all design hurdles are overcome with techniques I learnt from Steph.
Colour is a big part of the bracelets for me and I love to mix up beautiful colour combinations and bead textures all fastened with a unique vintage button from my every growing button collection.
Do you have a Genesis Moment? Do share in comments, I would love to hear from you!