Sometimes the names of my pieces come to me immediately, other times I have to work to find the right title.
Ways I Name My Art
Untitled or Collar VII – I have in the past done the cop-out name and just left it untitled. I pretty much never name my cuffs and many of my earrings have the name of a series, but not individual pieces
- It Names Itself – Some pieces are designed around a name (my Elements necklaces for example) or the name pops into my head as I’m designing or working on the piece
- It’s Crowdsourced – Yes, I do turn to you sometimes to get ideas for what to call a piece. This is how I named Alluvial Moon and the necklaces named after the moons of Jupiter. Hmm, I see a theme there…
- The Hardest Way – With most of my vessels and wall pieces, I am driven by the design and the process and just a vague notion of what to name a piece. This is where I get super complicated and move back & forth between the thesaurus and dictionary trying to get just the right feel to the name. I’ll seize on some visual clue or an idea I thought of while making the piece and work toward a poetic and fitting title. This is how Carapace, Akimbo, and Vortex were all named.
The Secret Silly Name – Most of the unnamed pieces actually have a name. Something silly or too on the nose that I use when thinking about it to myself. Akimbo was “chicken,” Stepping Stones was “strips,” I have a ring that is “bowtie,” etc. I like to give a bit of gravity to my pieces and names have power, so I tend to find something better than these.