- Liana Kabel
- Brisbane, Australia
- My studio is located in Brisbane, Australia. For the past 10 years I’ve been enjoying creating jewellery designs from an array of mundane materials. Tupperware and knitting needles have remained a firm favourite. My designs have been published numerous times, graced the shelves of many wonderful galleries and stores and been worn by those whose aren’t afraid of colour and attention. All of which I am very grateful for. For several years I’ve also been fortunate enough to work with many businesses as a coach and workshop facilitator.
Saturday, February 17, 2007
When I make a new design I always try to test it before I start selling it. At times this can be a bit haphazard in my eagerness to get new work out there, but I think it is very important and my aim is to be more consistent in this. Looking at a piece and trying it on momentarily only can tell you so much. Testing new jewellery designs really just involves me wearing a piece for a week or two. In this time I can learn so much about what is possibly wrong with a piece and hopefully so much about what is right.
Having another person to test pieces would also be a good idea and a different perspective always helps (maybe Flo could volunteer for this?). I am so often surprised how people wear pieces as they are not how I designed them, such as wearing a catch to the side as a feature when I imagined it at the back as merely a functional element.
Currently I'm testing the Knitwit ring. So far I have confirmed the things I'd hoped, such as it is comfortable and keeps it's shape + it's fun to play with. I was also surprised to find that it has six different look (button at top, bottom, to the side, face up etc) because by looking at it I had only imagined one.
I'd be interested to hear what sort of testing others do or don't do. Do you use the ceramic cup, carry the bag around or cuddle that toy?