Jewelry Design Inspiration = Designspiration!
The ideas of multiverse, teleportation and inter-dimensionality seem to co-mingle frequently in popular culture, perhaps reflecting recent insights into the building blocks of our perceived universe. (e.g. Higgs boson, et al.) Two movies released in 2014 are good examples. “Predestination” a Michael and Peter Spierig take on Heinlein’s short story, “All you Zombies” is one contemporary-classic mind-fuck that I can highly recommend. I thought it was very well done as the plot unfolds slowly, layer by layer to the twisted end. “Interstellar”, is a Christopher Nolan epic that didn’t fully captivate me but did hold my interest. In fairness, the theme of inter-dimensionality is a tough row to hoe, (pun if you’ve seen the movie) so I think a little slack here is appropriate especially as it offers up the sublimely profound statement, “Love is the one thing we’re capable of perceiving that transcends time and space”. Think about that for a moment and you may have an epiphany. I found the statement by TARS, the robot, “I have a cue light I can use to show you when I’m joking, if you like.” less profound but amusing. I wonder if I can get one installed on my forehead for those that just don’t seem to get my humor?
So after a recent late evening in my studio, I flipped through entertainment options as I indulged myself a cocktail and began to prepare my dinner of various leftovers. Alysia was somewhere else and I was, for that moment, completely in my own space. I’ve always been a sci-fi fan so without any real fantastic options I landed on a 2008 Doug Liman movie, “Jumper”. This movie apparently had a great opening weekend but pretty much got ravaged by the majority of critics. The fact that I didn’t even finish it may attest to its banality but I suspect it was the second, or maybe third drink that eventually put me to bed prior to the end. I’m usually good through any movie that I start.
The following morning, I woke up with this exact design in my head…
…and at that point had no idea where the heck it came from. I had a Jewelry Design Inspiration or “designspiration” and I was intrigued enough to sit with “Design Station”, (my trusty built-for-me desktop) while I had morning coffee and create this fairly simple geometry. Still a little baffled about from where the inspiration for this design came, I posted it on both my personal and business Facebook pages with the query of, “Does this mean anything to anybody?” An acquaintance of mine, another well-known jewelry designer said that it was an inter-dimensional portal. I had to like that comment because…
About then I remembered Jumper and the entire fascinating concept of the Multiverse, something I actually think about a lot. It dawned on me that this design probably wasn’t a portal, but could
be a key to a portal! Layers of meaning began falling into place as I took this design through the printing process on my trusty B9Creator© and then cast one in 14K Rose Gold and one in Sterling Silver.
Toying with the cast design, I note interesting visual effects when I peer through one grid pattern onto the opposing one.
The most fascinating thing for me remains that empirical science seems to be circling back around to include metaphysics. I found this button sometime around 40 years ago and it has since decorated my workspace environment along with an amulet given me by my best friend of that time.
Maybe we all, mostly unknowingly, make our own world after all!
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And speaking of portals, stay tuned next week as we revisit the Janus project, with the introduction of a new twist! Janus, of course, being the Roman god of portals and new beginnings. Thanks so much for reading this and sharing it with your friends!