I’m often asked where I get my inspiration.  Here’s where one source of my inspiration comes from.

When we remodeled our apartment ten years ago my husband only requested three things:  a salt water aquarium, a big screen TV and a recliner.  The rest of the renovation was completely up to my discretion so who was I to deny him?   Trust me, I tried.

I’ll admit, we all use the TV (which really isn’t so big by today’s standards), and the recliner is still an eye sore to me but somewhat stylish even for a barcalounger.   The aquarium, however, is a constant source of entertainment and inspiration for me.  It’s like scuba diving without the hassle.  We have live coral, clown fish, tangs and wrasses just to name a few.  A lot of the same fish we see when we’re scuba diving. 

I love watching the way the fish interact not only with each other, but with the corals and their environment.  Which brings me back to my inspiration:  I love the way fish scales catch the light, how they are so smooth when stroked one way and textured when rubbed the other way.  (I’m not actually petting the fish, although I have)

So while looking at my current Origin collection, I tried to imagine how I could use that same smooth/rough texture that has movement and still catches and reflects light.  I’m using my small orbs to create new earrings, necklaces and a bangle that mimics that fish scale look.  They will be perfect for holiday parties or just making a dramatic entrance in jeans and a t-shirt.  I’m making them now and they should be camera ready in a week or so.  Stay tuned!