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Su Trindle is a British designer and maker of sculptural modern silver and resin jewellery. My favourite place to be is my small workshop in my garden. I work alone, singing along to the radio striving to create beautiful well-designed, contemporary jewellery and make a living at it. This last is important, not just to my creativity and ego but to help feed by boys and the dog.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

The Creative Process: How do you plan and organize for design?

Oh yes! It's time for the Etsymetal Blog Carnival. This month we're blogging about our creative process and our work spaces - I can't wait to see what my fellow jewellers have on their workbenches, are they neat and tidy or is there a weeks worth of dirty coffee cups?
I confess, I'm a sketchbook junkie and most of my designs are visually led. When I start a new design I always start with my heaps of magazines, books and postcards. I have a small moleskin in my handbag to record anything that catches my eye in a museum or gallery, and one by my bed for late night inspirations.
Then there's the one I work up my designs in, pictured here are my drawings for the etsymetal charm swap.

Oh, and I have my "Recipe Book" with a drawing and cutting list and notes on any design I need to reproduce frequently.
Then, I'm at college one day a week, so I also have a sketchbook, a design book, workshop book and design sheets which all weigh a ton and are full of references and  drawings - like the one here.

Well, something has to give,right?
So here is a picture of my bench, taken 5 minutes ago. I'm in the middle of making some new resin pieces which you can see on my main bench, and I'm making rings for "Ring a Day" at my soldering station.
This is such a personal place to me that it's hard to be objective about it. Everything  looks organised to me, but probably only to me.

Take a look at these other Etsymetal Jewellers' Blogs (let me know how tidy they are).


  1. its organized as long as you can find what you are looking for.

  2. And don't forget the 'can you see the floor' test. Always a good one for creative people! Great blog!

  3. i can see the counter top! that means it's tidy as far as i'm concerned - am very impressed :))

  4. why am i not surprised that you keep so many sketchbooks?! that is truly commendable! you have an organized mind- i can see that!

  5. It looks very organized to me! and I love seeing your sketches.

  6. I so envy that you are great with your sketch book. That is something I strive to be better at. It is such a struggle for me.