We are thrilled to welcome jewelry designer Kim Evans from Divergence Design to the Happening Hands Blog! You can find Kim’s work on her website.
I have a BFA degree in directing, but in the 80’s it was still hard for women to get a non-traditional jobs. So after years trying to get somewhere in corporate America, I decided to “give up” and try to make a living in the arts. If I was going to be broke, I might as well be broke doing something I loved.
I like modern design, specifically Mid-Century Modern. I grew up in a mid-century home. My parents were quite creative, but I don’t think they realized it. I have no problem staying creative. Being creative is a joyous experience regardless of how it expresses itself.
Ideas come to me all the time. Sometimes I get them down on paper, sometimes not. I just sit down and make stuff. Complicated designs, ones that require multiple steps, are sometimes put away and not resurrected for months, until the correct way to complete the design comes to me. So I guess that might be considered a process.
The first time I tried to drill a pearl (without a pearl vice to hold it in place – I didn’t know any better at the time), the drill bit slipped and I drilled completely through a finger.
Be kind to people and animals. Dreams cannot be realized without effort. Listen to the birds, take time to smell the summer rain and marvel at sunrises and sunsets.
I’m currently trying to decide whether to keep moving in the direction of creating high end designs, or wholesale fast, easily made jewelry.
Don’t let setbacks prevent you from realizing your dreams. Learning how to deal with setbacks are what will make you and your business stronger.
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