Derivatives of a Design
Creating a new look derived from an original work
Many creatives see a vision of their design based on variable attributes they deem important. This is a useful way to approach a work since it solves some sort of problem. To simplify this concept let’s take a recent design I completed which had a very specific design intent.
The original concept for Ribbed Cuff was a sleek, minimal look that could be worn every day and would mimic precious metal jewelry. In addition, it had to “wear well” with loose woven fabrics like sweaters, so as not to catch the knitted weaving. This constraint on the design was born out of a desire to wear it often with winter clothing. A basic wardrobe has a need for a sleek bracelet that looks sophisticated but at the same time is simple and unadorned. Furthermore, there may be a desire to wear it with other fine chains as a companion bracelet.
After several sketches and considerations, the general design for Ribbed Cuff was born. As with much of my design work, many ideas are fleshed out which have strong potential but do not end up evolving into the final design. In other words, oftentimes many more ideas for how to complete a design present themselves and are not executed.
Ribbed Cuff was no exception. One of the directions this bracelet could have gone is towards a more ornate style. Keep in mind I had already upped the ante by adding zircon settings between the ribbed panels but that was as far as I was willing to go. I liked the sleekness of it, it complimented a svelte winter wardrobe so I did not pursue the more ornate sketches.
Matter of Taste
After launching this design as a kit, and wearing it about a bit, it became obvious there are predilections towards something more ornate and this cuff would be the perfect design to appeal to two taste preferences or wardrobe needs. So, the bracelet went back to the drawing board and the embellishments originally sketched were reviewed. The most delicate and pretty concept was a ruffled channel set in small 2mm beads. After working out the bead counts and thread paths, then weaving it on the surface of the panel, the Ornate Ribbed Cuff emerged.
So, to wrap it up…there are now two options on how to wear this bracelet. If the ornate flourishes are more appealing to you, the instructions are being made available to everyone.* You can download them below.
More than anything, I really enjoyed the challenge and the process of working through another rendition of the same design to create another “look” and make another group happy with something more ornate. I hope you like it.
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