Karen Cudzilo

Posted on February 27 2018


I am often asked: “What’s your inspiration when creating jewelry?”  Inspiration is something that motivates you; it’s a feeling you can get when you least expect it.  It moves you to be creative and think outside the box.   Inspiration is the dance between what we feel and how we feel it.  It allows us to tap into a part of our brain that holds our memories, motivations, and the je ne sais quoi (something that cannot be defined easily). 

I have always been fascinated by ornate and historical jewelry.  I love jewelry that has meaning - for adornment, religious purposes, and protective purposes.  There are such stories behind this decorative art documenting back as early as 30,000 B.C.  Looking at jewelry from a time past makes me think of who wore it, where it’s travelled to, and how it got to its destination.  Unlike clothing that may not stand the test of time, jewelry can be very durable. 

 I recently visited the National Palace Museum in Taipei, Taiwan.  The museum has a collection of over 700,000 ancient Chinese imperial artifacts and artworks.  It is one of the largest collections in the world.  You can imagine how inspired I got walking the halls of the museum.  Before I could even get to it, a friend of mine told me he found a room full of jewelry and that I must see it – immediately.  The jewelry was exquisite.  The detail, the color, THE INSPIRATION!  


Photos of jewelry at the National Palace Museum

Inspiration comes to people in all forms: music, writing, art, and spoken word to name a few.  It’s not always easy to be inspired but try these few tips.  Free your mind – challenge yourself to not think about something the same way, change how you do something, and figure out what allows you to breathe (walks, nature, music, dance, etc.).  When you close the door to distractions, you’ll find the door swings wide open to inspiration.    

Create on!  



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