By Barbara Gabogrecan
When I decided to enter the Australian Gift of the Year competition, one of the sections I decided to enter was for a related group of five products. But I only had four, so I racked my brain to think of what I could do for the fifth product. I decided on jewellery – but how could I use silk painting to create jewellery? The first thing I looked at was jewellery findings; just what was available that I could place silk in.
Finally I decided on three circular pieces, about 20mm diameter. There were two pieces to the circle; a background piece that was slightly convex and a circular ring that was nicely engraved. Each set had a small ring attached!
On two of them I added silver earring hooks and on the third I threaded a solid ring that went around your neck. I now had a pair of earrings and a pendant.
I placed a piece of silk on light weight white cardboard and glued it on. I then cut it to fit the circles. They actually looked great. But how would I present them?
By accident I found a lovely box that had two ‘door’ like openings. The silk jewellery looked fantastic when the doors were opened to reveal it sitting on a cushioned background. I now had my five products.
Yes, I won the Award for The best selection of product and I also won an Award for the best jewellery! However it was quite embarrassing when retailers contacted me to see my collection of jewellery – and I didn’t have any jewellery!
However, it was great to know that my designs were good enough to win major awards. That year I won five awards and the next year I won another two. To be successful with product, you just have to use the same creativity to develop product as you do when creating works of Art.
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