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Can one artist have many different styles?

 When I look at other peoples work, it feels as if everyone has narrowed thing down and their work covers a small part of the spectrum of art.  It feels clean and focused.  


When I look at my work, I feel that it has many different styles and levels.  I have cheeper wearable things, expensive one of a kind things, and artwork.  In those categories, I feel like my work covers a wide range as well. From texture to humor.  I kind of like not doing the same thing all the time, I also like to show to people that I can do a wide range of things (I do custom work).  I also still want to explore and not feel penned into one thing only.  I'm also a younger artist, I don't know if that has anything to do with it.


I would like to know if people feel it is important to be a bit focused in your work that you display, or if a range of things is ok.  I'd love it if people could tell me if my work is scatted or if there is a focus that I don't see (website, but I do understand that people are busy.  Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated!


-Colette A. Zilka

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Comment by Martha Quigley on March 18, 2011 at 8:35am
Comment by Colette A. Zilka on March 17, 2011 at 11:46pm
Whoops!  English class wasn't the best!  I do have a problem with grammar. Good advise on the proofreading, I tend to for get about that.
Comment by Douglas Chambers on March 17, 2011 at 7:02pm

I think your designs are great and versatile.  If you continue to create and diversify, I see nothing wroing with it.

Comment by Gina Lambert on March 15, 2011 at 12:10am
It's fun to see your different ideas. It might help if you had more than one in each technique/theme/style. My main feedback is on the typos, punctuation and an instance using i instead of I. This is often percieved as unprofessional when you don't take the time to proofread, and ask another person to doublecheck for you before publishing. Keep exploring, but edit what you present. Good luck, your work is very fun and interesting!
Comment by Colette A. Zilka on March 14, 2011 at 9:14pm
Thanks!  i plan on taking everyone's advise and smoothing out my applications! and it's great knowing that other artist bounce around as well!
Comment by Martha Quigley on March 14, 2011 at 2:28pm
I am a painter and work in several styles- One is my traditional painting style, one is more graphic and whimsical- for t-shirt design and the like. And then I stumbled on an entirely new concept painting on old spinnaker(sail) cloth. I often feel I am torn in different directions but at the moment am focusing on my traditional painting. Even so I work in both Watercolor and Oil so am still I am spread out a bit. I am relatively new to the art fair circuit, but have learned that the other people who responded are absolutely correct. Be as creative as you like on your own but juries prefer a unified presentation.
Comment by phillip hall on March 12, 2011 at 8:37am
 The problem you might have by choosing to try different things is that it is a definite no no when applying to shows.  It will hurt you in jurying.  It will help keep your work fresh and growing but juries will see it as a lock of a definite voice or style. confusing.
Comment by Jeanne Steck on March 12, 2011 at 5:59am

As a jewelry designer, I, too, am exploring different mediums.  I find that I'm not always satified stringing and need to create with wire.  My next step is "playing with fire".  I really appreciate your forged pieces! 

But - Lori has made a very good point about displaying similar styles together.  Otherwise you run the risk of confusing the consumers. 

Comment by Colette A. Zilka on March 12, 2011 at 12:40am

Thanks for the advise!  it's good to hear that other people are exploring all the crazy ideas!


Comment by lori kay on March 11, 2011 at 6:58pm
Hi Colette, I'm also a jeweler (metalsmith) and when I started out I was much like you I had so many ideas and I wanted everyone to see them. There is nothing wrong with having different styles as long as they're displayed properly, I make sure each collection has its own stand and my one of a kinds are elevated on glass pedastals. But I've also learned that sometimes less is more, don't put out everything you do leave people wanting more. Good luck with your shows

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