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Wabi Sabi – Accepting Transience And Imperfection

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A Year In Review:

My “Project Wabi Sabi” is now complete! December saw the final outcome of my project to make a piece of jewellery out of a different material for ten months of 2018. This was to celebrate my 10 years in business and it took the theme of wabi sabi, which is a Japanese phenomenon of the acceptance of transience and imperfection.

During that time I also recommended x30 independent businesses selling anniversary themed gifts made from the material that I was working in. See my wedding anniversary gift series here. I interviewed x10 brilliant women who have supported or been part of my Saloukee journey during the last ten years. See my designer interviews here.

Wabi Sabi Jewellery
Wabi Sabi Influence
Wabi Sabi Design

Finally, I also blogged about my learning process. 2018 was also a mission to find some creativity again. To push my personal development and revisit many of things that made me fall in love with jewellery in the first place. Many of which seem to get lost along the way, when in the depths of running a business day-to-day. So my final blog series focused on the behind the scenes of my making. You see my making series of blogs here.

After such a packed year, which consisted of one self-inflicted deadline after the next, I have to say I’ve allowed 2019 to take a gentle start. I want to give myself some time for the dust to settle and some brain space to enable a review of what I had accomplished. I felt it only right to pen one final blog about the project, to acknowledge the undertaking and accomplishment.

Some lessons learnt

You can teach an old dog new tricks …

Setting myself the project that I did towards the beginning of 2018 really felt like a risk. I knew I wanted to celebrate my 10 years in business and shake up my perceptions of my creativity. Even with the task set out ahead of me in March, I was unsure what I’d learn and whether at all it was achievable.

What I can say is that I am so glad that I challenged myself to do it. I’m by no means saying that it was easy because really it wasn’t. Some days I did wonder why I make my life such hard work. But, at the end of the year it felt like such an accomplishment to be proud of. Not only did it reinvigorate me but it undoubtedly has my business too, which of course go hand-on-hand.

Wabi Sabi Linen Earrings
Wabi Sabi Metal Jewellery
Wabi Sabi Raw Rocks

There were many things I learnt about myself, my followers, my process and my business along the way. I wanted to share some of the key things that I took away from the experience. For me, to write it down here means that it’s solidified and can be revisited. I thought perhaps my thoughts on this might resonate with others too?

The strange thing is too that when I read my list, none of them seem like epiphany moments and they’re all things I thought I knew. However, the process I explored gave me loud affirmations about the following:

  • Material is king – what I work with in my hands is what inspires me. Without inspiration my business does not exist, so I have to love what I’m working in, no compromises.
  • Don’t over complicate – I often make my life so difficult for myself. It’s ok to sometimes take the easy route, it doesn’t make it any less valid.
  • A visual ‘feeling’ is legitimate – I often design with what ‘feels’ right, through my gut and instinct. It might not always be everyone’s cup of tea but it’s perfectly justified.
  • Challenges keep the hunger alive – taking risks makes you feel vulnerable but they’re a must if you want to stay excited. Learning keeps your brain intrigued and active.
  • It feels good to sell – though my project was not directly about selling, when it did lead to sales, it was a real joy. So often, making money in the creative industry is a dirty word but we need to embrace our talent and share it.

What the future holds

Evolving designs …
Some of the processes that I explored during last year, really did excite me. There were a number of them that I’m therefore going to be pursuing further this year. My intention is to develop a number of collections based around pieces that I made.
Though at this point I don’t want to give the whole game away, I’m happy to reveal at least one of the pieces that I will be looking to develop. It was my month 8, bronze earrings outcome. I really enjoyed revisiting the lost wax process and loved giving my work a less ordered and more organic finish. It was fun to play with metal too and I’m looking forward to honing my skills further throughout 2019, so watch this space!
Wabi Sabi Stud earrings
Wabi Sabi Bronze Earrings
Wabi Sabi Organic earrings
And finally …

Let me just take this opportunity to say thank to all those who followed and supported me on my journey. To everyone who took the time to be interviewed, to those who made a purchase and to those who commented and liked my posts along the way. I couldn’t have done it without you all.

So here’s to new adventures, I’m looking forward to what 2019 holds and I promise to show you what I get up to along the way.

Just one last question … did you have a favourite from the outcomes? Check out my video below and let me know by leaving a reply below, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Thank You!

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