Sponsor a Design by Danielle Kathleen!

Hello jewellery lovers!

I have an exciting new initiative called Sponsor a Design, which I hope you’re going to love!

As you may be aware, Danielle Kathleen is a small design studio. I make by using computer aided design processes to model pieces, which I then have 3D printed, cast, laser cut, digitally printed or otherwise conjured up from mysterious bits of data. The pieces get posted to me and assembled or finished in my studio here in Canberra, Australia. This means that I can keep costs relatively low for my customers, who are still able to buy bespoke, designer jewellery, but who also avoid paying for the hours of work that handcrafting a piece might demand. It also means that every design is made-to-order for the buyer, so my business can run without debt or significant environmental impact!

It does also mean that 99% of my designs never make it to market, however – simply because I can’t afford to make everything. That’s sometimes a good thing (not every design is amazing, lol) but it also means that pieces you might love are never seen outside my computer screen. I’m also aware that, even as low cost as I try to be, sometimes my biggest fans are still unable to afford pieces. SO! I’ve launched a new product type for my buyers called Sponsor a Design. The Sponsor a Design section of my website shows digital renderings of my newest and/or unlaunched designs for my fans to sponsor by buying them at a lower cost, launching them into reality!
If you’re interested, pop over to my website to see what I’ve been designing here: www.danielle-kathleen.com/collections/sponsor-a-design 

Or, read more about Sponsor a Design, including the terms, the how and the why: www.danielle-kathleen.com/blogs/news/sponsor-a-design

I hope you enjoy and let me know what you think! – Danni

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Pipi Pins News

Today I found out that all of my Pipi Pins sold! I am very excited and proud. They were a fun little experiment, so I’m happy that they were loved. All my jewellery can be bought from my jewellery website at danielle-kathleen.com, so I might add these as well if anyone likes them? ^_^ – Danni

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The Creative Cycle

Like most creatives, I often get lost in my own creative cycle, disappearing for weeks down the rabbit hole of making/destroying/making again. It is an enduring behaviour of mine that often gets dismissed as me being an “overachiever,” but I think of it more as my manic creation phase. As a creative I tend to go through a pretty distinct cycle:

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I’m self-aware enough to recognise that being a creative is not always healthy, but I feel that by being able to recognise problem phases such as manic creation and stagnation, I can harness the creation cycle for maximum benefit. So, when I’m in the design phase I design using everything I can, as much as I can, but make sure that I rationalise and curb the urge to make by recognising my limits. This means I make only a little at a time, and the remaining designs are still sitting there ready to go for when I get a design block later on. If I feel like I need to make, I make prototypes and test ideas instead, so that I can re-design and resolve teething issues before committing.

 

I chose being a creative as my outlet pursuit rather than my main source of income, so that nothing I do in this space is ever urgent. I don’t ever want my financial stability to be entirely dependent on my often fickle creatives urges, because then my next creative block will result in only rushed, half-baked designs pumped out in a panic instead of lovingly resolved, miniature works of art. I have the luxury of asking myself if I have to make something now now now, or can it wait a few weeks and gain better design outcomes in the process? Often projects can wait, and I think the pause means that the creation mania becomes less financially destructive for the non-creative, worker bee Danni, who earns us the real bucks.

 

All of this does often mean that, because I design nearly constantly in some phases, I end up with several branches of ongoing design groups or collections that are hard to resist. At the moment I’m being pestered by a design that will not leave. It batters at the walls of my subconscious like a moth, throwing shadows and reflections across my inner eye, begging to be let free. It’s not the only one, either. My current projects include:

 

  • The Haiku II Collection. These are my laser cut stainless steel earrings and brooches. They are soothing pattern designs that are an ideal self-care method of creative relaxation. I get them cut into metal and hand finish them. These form the largest part of my selling stock.
  • The Seed Collection. These are 3D printed metal designs for necklaces that reference seeds and organic pod shapes. I have four pieces on their way and another few ready to go! I am ridiculously excited about these, as they feel very distinctly ‘me’.
  • The Reed/Stream brooches. These are two brooch designs that are still being built in my mind. They started as laser cut pieces and have evolved into a 3D printed/hand finished project. I’m envisioning submitting them to the ANCA Pin Six exhibition in the middle of the year, so I hope the designs work out!
  • The Colour Field scarves. I have countless scarf designs in my folders, but my by far favourites are three abstract colour scarves that reference the light filtered through leaves in different seasons. I think the way light glows through thin materials is one of the most beautiful images, and produces astounding colours.
  • The Ceramic vessels. As my manufacturing company have moved into ceramic as a material, I’ve been able to explore this medium. I have several hanging planters, a ring dish and bowl all made now, and several more pieces being designed. As a self-confessed art vessel addict, this might be dangerous.

 

I’ve already started getting little packages of design prototypes and self-presents in the mail, so I’ll make sure to post a few pictures here as well! Which design project do you want to see most?

 

If you’re a creative, what does your creative cycle look like? Is it a bit healthier than mine, or do you get lost in Wonderland as well?

 

^_^

Danni