I am working on giving up the title “Jack of All Trades” for the title of “Master of One”. It is something that I have discussed with other artists and understand that it is a common quandary for creative people. I have excluded some mediums that I decided were not for me—stained glass, glass blowing, iron work, screen printing, weaving, and a few others.
Now, I like to paint (oils, acrylics, and watercolor). I cannot give that up. I love the tools, attention to detail, and the processes of metalsmithing. I cannot give that up. I also sew. That is partly out of necessity. I make costumes for the girls. They always pick the strangest things to be for Halloween that I can’t just go out and buy it. So sewing stays. Plus, I like to give presents that are unique and made with each individual in mind.
I have developed a strategy for myself this year so that I could focus my energy that sounded great in theory; but as I got started I found it made things worse. I decided I would concentrate on jewelry making. I would get rid of anything that I would not use for jewelry/metalsmithing. This means I keep my tools, beads, kiln for metal clay, enamels, and all my precious metals. So I started to get rid of things that would not fall into those categories starting with my paints, and decided “nope, I can make paintings for pendants to go with my jewelry”. Then I thought “I can’t get rid of my glass because I have my kiln in which I can fuse glass for my necklaces”—I’ll have to show you what ideas I’ve got brewing with that. My ceramics tools and clay I must keep for making ceramic beads and pendants. So, I am back to square one.
Maybe there is something in between a Jack and a Master that I can be, because I am running out of space. If you have a better idea, please, share it with me. I really need it.