Creating Jewelry in the Age of Crisis
In times of crisis such as the one we are in now, most people are not thinking too much about buying jewelry. They worry about economic uncertainties. These fine pleasures of life are considered vanities and are at the bottom of the list, in other words, not at all a priority; but we should not let fear get the best. Right now, more than ever, people need art and to be near things that brings meaning into their lives. It is a time of struggle but also at time of change, reflection and growth. Preparing for change is not bad idea, because it is one sure thing to come. Art and jewelry can be part of positive change. Change is good but change is also hard.
We are comfort creatures and unless we are forced to change, we simply don’t. When the tough gets going, and we see danger, we change because we need to adapt to survive. So, without getting into despair we should welcome change and the struggles this pandemic brings to us all. We must engage in ways that allow us transform hardship into an opportunity.
Covid age along with all other convulsive events we're experiencing should bring us into deep reflection, calm planning, and creativity, because we simply have a ton of time alone and our lives are deeply disrupted. We no interference, other than our mental noise. We have no other place to go but to our inner most places and within ourselves. It can be scary because we are not used to be in such deep isolation and to be in touch with ourselves, but if we channel these energies correctly, we can transform this fearful crazy time into a powerful experience. And how does jewelry making fits into this?
This crisis is making me think about the meaning of what I do. Am I catering to commercial ideas or am I going deeper into creating something of lasting value? I take the longer road, and I spend the extra time. I am more patient with my pieces and give them ample time and care to grow into something beautiful. Without such powerful and drastic change of pace this pandemic brings, I probably would never have such deep reflection. But the result of this is even deeper because it meets our humanity after all.
Jewelry may be considered a vain and unnecessary item, but that is a contradiction. If we reflect on this issue a little closer, we will find that jewelry is associated with our most precious gift in life: our humanity. Jewelry is not about the jewelry pieces, but about us. We use it because of others. Jewelry is intricately linked to our social life, and how we want to interact and present ourselves socially. This is so self-evident it is an indicator or how happy and socially connected we are. I notice that with myself.
When I’m socially disconnected and worried about “being serious about life”, jewelry is getting dust in some drawer or box. When I’m happy and socially connected, my jewelry is being used and is with me everywhere I go. During these times, I feel I’m more alive. So, the useless becomes the most useful, or rather, part of the most important things in life.
Our life happens while we are living it now, and not in some distant future. Jewelry in a way can serve to, or at least be used as a reminder of, that life happens now, and we don’t know for how long we will have the privilege of having it.
Photo credit: Rhandi Purnell