If you're too old to become a rodeo queen, design jewelry for one! That was my thinking when I approached Kayla, the reigning Miss Rodeo Montana 2019.
Kayla is the first Kalispell rodeo queen in a lot of years, more than anyone cares to count. So, the whole community rallied around her to support her quest in the Miss Rodeo USA pageant. There were fundraising galas, big company donations and sponsorships, but what could a small, independent jewelry designer do to help support the local rodeo queen?
Some days, when I'm at an art show, I secretly listen to comments of visitors passing by my booth. I can often hear them say, "How does she do this?" or, "How does she come up with all these ideas?" So, today, I'm taking you behind the scenes in my studio to show you exactly how.
Many of you are curious to know how I choose colors for my designs. The process has several components to it. First, when I am initially designing a collection, I sometimes look at color trend forecasts for the coming year. I don't do it too often, as western designs usually include a rather limited number of colors that don't bend much to the fashion trends the rest of the world follows.