Do you find yourself getting lost in the tide of life? When you are flying fast, it is sometimes tough to see the beauty in the world around you. Little time for stopping and smelling the roses when you are balancing your home life and your work life and everything in between. Who has time for that, right? I get it. Not only are you busy, but we live in a world of Pinterest expectations of perfection. And keeping up with it can be EXHAUSTING.
I can totally relate. I’m Susan Collick, owner and designer of Daisy Chains Jewelry. And I have a confession to make. Back in the day, it wasn’t Pinterest for me, but I wanted to be Martha Stewart in the worst way. It’s true! My love for making things by hand got pretty out of control. I couldn’t buy what I wanted, so I made the perfect _____________ . The only thing that saved me from seeking this unattainable perfection was the birth of my third child. That was when my idea of perfection changed. I discovered that perfection wasn’t something to make or attain, it became something to witness and enjoy. This change in my perspective is at the heart of what I make. The inspirations for my designs grow from the idea that perfection is all around us if we are willing to find it.
My desire for making started when I was small. I would knot wild violets and daisies into crowns or bracelets in my front yard. At the beach my head would be down searching for small treasures or drawing pictures on the beach. Throughout school it was pottery, painting & metals classes. As an adult it was work as a graphic designer, manipulating my designs with ink and paper. But, the constant was making.
Sixteen years ago, jewelry became my preferred form of expression. My passion for making combined with my belief that there is inspiration in the smallest of places is what drives my jewelry designs. If I can show you my inspiration by introducing you to an unexpected color combination, or the magnificence of a piece of turquoise with an odd matrix, or a gemstone that makes you feel strong, beautiful, and connected when you wear it, then I am reaching my goal.
Just like when I was a child, with my head down and my pockets full of pebbles, I hand pick each and every stone that goes into my work. I search for stones that embody nature’s idea of perfection, choosing gemstones that boast beautiful anomalies or shocking color contrast. In doing so, my hope is that you can wear a piece of my work and be reminded that there is beauty to be found, even in seemingly imperfect places.
I’m excited to show you what I’ve been working on. Let’s take a look!