By Kristal Wick
Inspiration…What Does It Mean To You?
Colors, shapes, and techniques can all be inspirational and seem to be the most common answers to this question. But what REALLY floats your boat? My inspiration always comes from an internal question:
You see, I was born with a slight handicap: only a thumb on my left hand. Everything I do takes me longer than most, especially when it comes to jewelry making. Closing a jump ring or wrapping a loop can be daunting tasks, but always worth it in the end! I couldn’t hold a jump rope as a kid, so my folks had a prosthetic post made for me at age five. The post made it possible for me to grasp on to things like a ski pole or hair dryer, from there it has been a whirlwind history.
If I Can Do It, You Can Do It
My folks were really great at encouraging me to go for it, whatever “it” was. Although it must have been tough watching me struggle, they raised me to believe that all things are possible and to keep on trying. I bring that same attitude to my jewelry designs, particularly when teaching. My motto is, “If I can do it, YOU can do it” and I strive to impart even a speck of this positivity in each and every student. As children, we seem to have a willingness to take risks in the realm of creativity. As adults, we become fearful of jumping off the artistic cliff into new color palettes or techniques. I believe the most important aspect of any creative endeavor is embracing your inner critic(s) or fears and letting go! Give yourself permission to splash around in the sheer bliss of unedited creativity. In the end, it’s actually the flow that counts here my beady peeps, not how perfect your wrapped loops are.
“Don’t Die with Your Music Still Inside You”
One of my fave inspirational teachers is Wayne Dyer and his phrase is permanently instilled in my noggin. Feel free to replace the word “music” with any other passion you have such as cooking, painting, a new business venture, or even jewelry making! It doesn’t matter how old we are, our weight, education, or how many beads we own; everyone can tap into their creative flow and express their deep inner desires. If I can do it, YOU can do it – so go write that book, take up the cow bell (there’s never enough), or learn a new mixed metal technique, and join me in venturing outside the box! When you hear that inner question “can I do it?” I hope you yell back, YES! I know you can, and I want to see the pictures and hear all about your exciting journey…