Last week, “Lisa”, a first time commenter asked, “What is with all the project runway garbage on a jewelry site?????” Gee, that was polite, wasn’t it? Considering that every week she is getting (for free!) an original project, artist profiles, business tips, book reviews, new products and techniques, and a lot more. But she feels that a post each week about fashion is hurting her somehow? Go figure.
Well, interestingly, it set off a debate about whether or not Project Runway was an “appropriate” topic for a jewelry and beadwork blog. If it were my personal blog, my answer would be an unequivocal “you betcha”, and if you aren’t interested, skip the post. Here are some remarks from some jewelry designers who answered that question:
…there are tons of examples where the designers have incorporated jewelry or beading into their designs. Like Laura Bennett’s sparkling Swarovski encrusted top in her final runway show, or Kanye Gillaspie’s multiple pieces made throughout the show to accessorize his models…
Project Runway is a rare example of television that focuses on and expounds various designers’ approaches to creative problem-solving. Often times it requires them to think outside of the box. This is a good lesson for ALL designers, whether of clothes or of jewelry.
I read all of the major mags regularly. I consider it part of my job. It’s imperative for anyone who designs jewelry to stay aware of the trends. Those pleats, folds, fabrications, motifs and color palettes all inform my work. If we design jewelry in a bubble, who will buy it? It has to compliment what is on the racks….
Watching a show like Project Runway is a great way to get your design mojo running. A good designer gets inspiration everywhere. I love these columns, keep ‘em coming.
So there you have it. Project Runway, and posts on other aspects of fashion will continue. But it’s not my personal blog, so in the interest of keeping the network happy, I will be focusing more on the handwork, the beading, and what accessories (especially jewelry) could/should/would be paired with these pieces in real life. Will it satisfy everyone? Nope. Can’t possibly do that, and really don’t care to try!