Off Beat Design
WHAT DEFINES OFF BEAT DESIGN
“NEW DESIGNS, STYLES and TECHNIQUES for making jewellery , and SHARING our KNOWLEDGE and EXPERTISE with like minded people”.
WHERE DO WE GET OUR IDEAS
Ideas are everywhere. Creative people from all walks of life, artists and artisans, thinkers and theorists, people who tinker with different materials and styles – all with ideas and inspiration from someone or something else. Our need and desire to be creative is not restricted to jewellery. We browse blogs, books and magazines on fashion, style and interiors – art – sculpture – craft and jewellery. We read books, articles and watch films about the world’s great designers. We learn from everyone.
“There is nothing new under the sun”. (Eccleiastes 1.9:)
OUR CHALLENGE IS TO GIVE OUR WORK THAT MAGICAL DIFFERENCE
We do lots of repairs. Old jewellery often has stones or materials no longer available. Solving repair problems leads to ideas and techniques we can use again. We are rewarded with happy customers and a new skill.
WHERE DO WE GET OUR PRODUCTS
We are regular visitors to the Tucson Bead and Gem Show. More than 5,500 international suppliers in 54 locations have been gathering in Tucson for more than 50 years to exhibit their products and designs. Beads and gemstones, findings and stringing materials from all over the world are displayed once a year in one location. From the largest to smallest – many who don’t even have a website – are found at Tucson.
As great as the Tucson show is, it is only a fraction of what is available worldwide. Our search of countries and companies with products that are new, interesting and different, never ends.