1. easy to understand, deal with, use, etc.: a simple matter; simple tools.
2. not elaborate or artificial; plain: a simple style.
3. not ornate or luxurious; unadorned: a simple gown.
4. unaffected; unassuming; modest: a simple manner.
5. not complicated: a simple design.
These are the first 5 definitions of the word simple from Dictionary.com.
All of these definitions could apply to jewellery. Not complicated, unadorned, not elaborate.
The post from Beading Daily’s blog titled Why Simple Designs Aren’t Simple to Make got me thinking. When I first started making jewellery I made simple designs. I was learning as I went and it seemed the best way to perfect my skill.
Once I became better at my art and creating, I started to make more complex designs. While I loved creating the more complex designs, they often included periods of extreme annoyance when the design would not work out as I had hoped or envisioned.
And now I’m going back to simple. My tag line for my business is Inspired by simplicity, asymmetry and all things beautiful.
So, why do designers steer away from simple designs? There’s a common misconception that simple = boring. Simple designs are definitely not boring. The multitude of absolutely divine and stunning beads, metals, clasps and pendants can create a design that is anything but boring.
Have a look over your own collection of jewellery. Do you gravitate more toward the simple designs? Do you have some really complex and out-there designs among the mix?
Simple designs are a wonderful way to perfect your skill, which will probably eventually lead you to other mediums. It seems to be the path many designers take.
So, is simple boring?? What are your thoughts?