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A creative exercise

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made with Mirrix’s hand-dyed silk, sari silk, and crystals.

So, it’s not the ugliest or the prettiest object, but nice aesthetics were not the driving force behind my making this bracelet.  Let me explain…

Today while Sam had his morning nap I wanted to try something new: make something ugly (in 90 minutes).  As haughty as this may sound, it is surprisingly hard to intentionally make an unattractive object, especially when using Mirrix’s silk and crystals for goodness sake. How ugly could it end up, right?!  I’ve just been feeling uninspired lately, so I really needed to make something new and different to get out of my creative slump. When I told my friend, Ana Isabel, about this she told me that one of her colleagues suggests temporarily trying another medium.  Apparently, she tried working with ceramics and it helped her get her creative juices flowing in general.  So, the theory is that once those juices are flowing you can apply them anywhere?  Sure, makes sense to me.  I think I had a similar idea with going with Kim Werker’s suggestion to make something ugly (or an ugly something) which I think basically suggests that if you feel you have freedom to make things that are not beautiful you can potentially unlock creativity that is being held captive by routine and predictability.  What do you think?

As a side note I thought I should share that in the end I kind of love this piece. So, when my husband arrived home I handed him the bracelet while saying, “look, I was trying to make something ugly, but….”.  He just matter-of-factly stated, “um, well it is ugly”.  I guess ugly is in the eye of the beholder, too.  LOL.

I plan on finishing the ends by braiding a nine-strand braid on both sides.  Stay tuned on my Instagram to see the finished bracelet.

Janna Maria Vallee

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