thursday may 20 (s pearl said i should put dates on my pots) im hitting at sheree's afrofuturiism conference saturday at 4 o'clock 410 s. main, a good line...
The Fine Art of Looking Different...Or Wearing Handmade Jewelry and Having People Wonder Where You Got It...Posted by C.S.Stone on 3/19/2010
Ok, that was the longest title ever. Good.
I am an eccentric. I like being different. I insist upon being as far away from center (sometimes left, sometimes right) as possible. So, I make jewelry that kinda represents that. Well, it was supposed to be stuff for me, my personal jewelry, not to be shared with the world except in having people look at it as I wear it and say stuff like "gee that's cute, where did you get it?", and "ooooo, can I borrow that next weekend?"
It started with, "I'll pay you for a necklace... just "make something"." So I did. She loved it. She asked for more. I made more. Her friends liked it. So I made stuff for them. So forth and so on, etc. Then someone suggested I sell my stuff on the internet. So I spent a good deal of time and energy building, creating, ripping my hair out, over a website. I finally got it right.... check it out sometime.
And now, I'm officially an internet entrepeneur. Oh happy day! Now, I'm forced (?) to make jewelry all the time cus people out in cyberspace like my jewelry too! Ha! There's no forcing involved, I love making jewelry. I find myself checking earrings on ears of total strangers to get a feel for how they were constructed, knowing I could come up with different takes on the same ole thing. I troll second hand stores in search of vintage jewelry to pull apart and reuse. I spend entire weekends straining my eyes over my work table.
I love making handmade jewelry!
Now, making handmade jewelry is one thing. Wearing it is a completely different matter. I wear my pieces or the pieces of ladies I buy from (what, I shouldn't buy from mah sistas? yeah, right) I don't flaunt, I just dress conservatively, and then slip on the funky pair of earrings and the wildest necklace or bracelet in the inventory. Ladies smile and look. Men say, that's different. People want to know where I got such an amazing sense of style (I am the only person I know who can wear a brown top, beige pants and hushpuppies and STILL look like I should be somewhere other than a classroom).
The fine art of wearing handmade jewelry is making sure you have an audience, making sure the jewelry is what they see (even if you are too cute for real life and they keep looking at your face) and always have business cards in your pocket.
If you'd be interested in looking different (its ok, different is good, ask Kermit the Frog), holla at ya girl... I got something I think you should see.
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