Rachel, a woman from whom I have been buying stones such as those you see here, has been giving me valuable guidance as I prepare to take a couple of collections to a showroom to “audition” for representation. She had advised me to narrow down my themes, which were all over the place.
I did a series of pastel stone necklaces, rounding out the groups with earrings in hoop and threader variations. I pinned the groups on black velvet boards. What an improvement from the spastic amounts of pieces in bags with dozens of plastic pockets. I was quite proud of the upgraded presentation.
Until I sat down with Rachel. There was not enough variation in the samples. Not enough pieces in the groups. And some of the chains I had chosen were much too thick for what they were holding.
The feedback didn’t dismay me. Quite the opposite. Rachel is spoon-feeding me priceless knowledge from her 12 years in the jewelry business. In fact, to my surprise, she was delighted, rather than offended, when I cribbed one of her most successful ideas (the wrap bracelets, which put her on the map as a designer).
So these will be added to and fleshed out. I return to Rachel’s house for a second second opinion next week.