“I love art. It’s my imagination on the outside.”


That’s what Louise of the children’s book, “Louise Loves Art” says as she scribbles page after page of drawings in a tireless effort to create a masterpiece- which turns out to be an almost cubist portrait of a very naughty-looking cat. While my work rarely involves naughty cats, I can certainly relate to her art theory. 

Every piece of jewelry that I create starts with a sketch- a bit of imagination on the outside if you will. It’s the initial outpouring of ideas that I organize on the page in conference with my client, translating his or her wishes and style into the perfect design.

Wearing jewelry is a very personal expression of self, so whenever I meet a client, I take a moment to assess those choices. Is he or she subdued and reserved, or scattered and eccentric? Flashy and ostentatious in all the right ways? Whoever he or she is, my goal is to create the piece that will fit his or her personality, even if it takes me a thousand sketches to finesse. These are the working sketches. They are quick translations of my impressions, and there are tons and tons of them begging to be made. I edit, start over, tweak, start over again, and combine to come up with a series of options that I’d be proud to show to my client.

 

 

ONCE THE CLIENT APPROVES A DESIGN, THE TECHNICAL STUFF COMES INTO PLAY. THE DIMENSIONS, SIZES, SCALE, AND MATERIAL ARE DECIDED IN COMMUNICATION WITH MY CLIENT, CHANGING AND ADAPTING ALONG THE WAY. FINALLY I HAVE THE SKETCH THAT DISPLAYS THE PIECE-TO-BE FROM EVERY ANGLE, AND FINALLY I CAN GET MY HANDS DIRTY. IT CAN TAKE UP TO FOUR WEEKS TO CRAFT FINISH THE PIECE, AND WHEN IT’S DONE IT’S INCREDIBLY SATISFYING TO LOOK BACK ON THAT ORIGINAL SKETCH, AND MARVEL AT THE PROCESS.

Pilar Agueci