Unlocking My Creative Block

When I’m creatively blocked, feeling restless and dried up, I need to make myself busy.  Chores are OK,  they’re always there, looming and threatening to engulf me into a squalid abyss.   Sometimes I cave in and attack one, but I prefer a more creative outlet that will hopefully unblock and free me from the drudgery of housekeeping that uses up so much of the energy better spent in other ways.

I decide to take inventory of my stash (beads, wire, etc.). That might ignite some sort of creative spark.  Sometimes an idea will materialize that way.  It didn’t work.  I could look through some jewelry books and magazines?  That thought just made me afraid.  In my desperation, I could inadvertantly copy someone else’s design!

I’ve got it!  I’ll look through all the things I’ve listed in my Artfire shop that haven’t sold yet and evaluate them for design and image quality.  That opened up a can of worms!  I know I’m very critical of my own work, but these older photos looked really bad to me now. In retrospect, some of my earlier pieces seemed so poorly designed.  I wanted to take them all off my shop and had to restrain myself.  I remembered that on occasion, I do sell some piece I had forgotten about or labeled as ” unworthy”.  I held myself back a little and only “deactivated” a few jewelry items to redo.  Some pieces really just needed better photos to bring out the details and color.

That made me feel better but now I have another problem.  I have too many jewelry pieces to redo or photograph and I actually have an idea for something new!

About zoraidabros

I'm Zoraida and I design and create handmade, one of a kind jewelry. My work is inspired by the art of ancient world cultures that have endured the shifting trends of fashion. I prefer to work in copper and semi precious gemstones but also appreciate fine lamp work beads, wood and other artistically crafted materials. Please visit my studio at http://zoraida.artfire.com and my website at http://zoraidajewelry.com
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3 Responses to Unlocking My Creative Block

  1. You are too funny! But I have to admit that, in the past when I had my Etsy shop, I went through the exact same gyrations as you did by re-doing. Hang in there! Your jewelry creations are definitely worthy of a buyer who appreciates good quality & design.

  2. Seriously, that’s a great idea. I’m a brand new seller, so am learning and absorbing as much as I can. And seeing your work and reading how you’ve worked at unlocking your creative block is wonderful. I had a question for you – this is my block I realize, but wondering if you’ve ever felt it? I sometimes have projects and plans for things, but stall in doing them. It’s as though I’m almost afraid to work on them, not sure. Does that make sense? At any rate, thanks for your blog and sharing your work 🙂

    • zoraidabros says:

      Thanks Juliette for reading my post. Yes I sometimes have projects and plans that I hesitate to start on. I think that perhaps I doubt my ability to materialize them (lack of confidence?) But that’s OK. I sketch & write them down in my idea/sketch pad for a future project. Eventually I do get to them. No rush. No schedules. That’s the beauty of being your own boss. As my skills improve, so does my confidence.

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