It’s been a long while since I’ve shared a Designer’s Sketchbook post, but the series is back! For this edition, Lorena Martinez from Gemagenta opens up her sketchbook to give us a peek at her work and process. She also shares some of her inspirations, what her creative process is like and more.
1. Where do you get most of your inspiration from?
I find inspiration in nature, traveling, my Latin roots, dreams, music, art, movies, everyday experiences… there are so many things that boost my creativity! These various sources of inspiration are then reflected in my jewelry collections, that may go from romantic, to ethnic, to organic or to geometric. I sketch everywhere. I always carry my camera and my “Inspiration Diary” everywhere. If they don’t fit in my bag, I at least I a pen. Inspiration may arrive anytime. However, that’s just the beginning, because developing that idea becomes a long and somewhat structured process.
Firstly, I put all of the ideas and related info in my “Inspiration Diary”: quick and imprecise sketches, clue words, pictures, materials, etc. Then I take that idea and I start developing it in spreadsheets, generally made of recycled paper – I make many drawings, I write concepts, measurements, and sometimes I even make little dummies in board or metal, or a digital render. Finally, once the design is ready, I start crafting it and I also document all the processes and times involved in my “Workshop Diary”, where I keep all the little technical details related with the creation of each of the pieces.
Generally 2-3 months since the idea first came into being. I like to have time to assimilate and develop it. I’ve also created complete series in 3 or 4 days and some other ones are still in development from a long time ago.
I have so many more sketches than actual pieces of jewelry. Many ideas are waiting in my diaries to come alive. That’s why it’s super important to document everything, I don’t trust my memory that much.
Generally I think in small collections (like Quetzal, 199 Carats or Botanico). I like developing a concept to its max so I can offer different jewelry formats and prices.
I share part of that inspiration and development process on my blog, because I like to let potential owners know how their jewels were born, the story they tell and the symbolism they hide. I’m always looking to create pieces with an interesting and meaningful background.
That’s so difficult, every piece is exciting, and each one of them involved a lot of challenges, but I’d say my lost wax Succulent Pot Ring. It was the first time I sculpted something in wax with my own hands! (I have designed wax prototypes before, but only on a computer). I really enjoyed the whole process and then seeing the prototype transformed in a metal ring was amazing.