Saturday, February 21, 2015

In the beginning....designing a collection

There is that stage in the design process when you have all your ideas, perfectly formed in your mind, all is beautiful, all is complete and all you have to do is start making.  This is the part I love and dread in equal measure.  By delaying, the ideas remain pure, you can refine and alter each detail in a scribbled sketch without compromising the knowledge that the concept is good, noble, worthwhile.

Then comes that moment when you have to start building, making, committing in real materials.  I have been in this game long enough to know that the shining perfection of your concept can come to a shattering halt as soon as this second process begins.  I have enough experience to not ask too many questions during this time.  Just. Keep. Going.

raw materials, January 2015
At the core of this collection are some ingredients that perhaps you would not find in mainstream jewellery.  I like the idea of taking something that the 'world' considers to be common place, to be expendable, to be considered unworthy of attention and  elevate it right up to hero status.  Let the last become first and so on.

jewel like lichen, Cari-Jane Hakes, February 2015
Isn't that just the way of the world?  The things we chase and pursue, the ladders we climb often end up being a heap of empty promises when actually it was all the other stuff we ignored that was shining with dim sparkle, waiting for us to get our priorities in order.

pine needles and cones, Cari-Jane Hakes, February 2015
 The building has begun.  You can't delay too long, the sketching has to stop at some point.  Expect some beautiful things soon.

A/W 2015 Collection, From Land and Sea and all that Rest In-between, Cari-Jane Hakes, February 2015


  1. I love the ingredients,Cari-Jane. Looking forward to seeing the results of the building.

  2. I wish I did this, pulled together all the ideas in my head that are going into my paintings and drawings. A shoulder from a Dali painting, a memory of a PNG mask, a piece of pottery....


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