Why I haven’t made a dog

Why I haven’t made a dog

If you visit my jewelry booth at a show or market, and check out my silver pendants, you’ll see several bird options, a few cat options, and a smattering of other animals (more coming soon) … but you won’t see a dog.  Now, to anyone who knows me, that’s got to seem odd because I LOVE dogs (in a “stop what I’m doing to pet every one that I see” and “want to bring every lost puppy to my home” sort of way).   In the cat vs. dog debate, I’d have to say that my flag is pretty much planted in the dog camp.

So, why do I make four or five different cat pendants but no dog?  Well first off, I do like cats.  The main reason for my apparent shunning of my favorite four-legged pet however is that cat people differ from dog people in one critical way: cat people accept a generic cat shape or silhouette to represent their furry companions … dog people, not so much.  What do I mean?  Invariably, if I made, let’s say a pomeranian, the first person to see it would say “oh, that’s really cute … BUT (and this is a big but) …  do you make a (fill in your favorite dog breed here)?”   And I can’t really blame them … I’d ask it of another artist too.  Let’s face it, there really isn’t a generic dog shape (I know because I’ve been struggling to come up with one for months.).

Now, as much as I love dogs, I have to resign myself to the fact that there aren’t enough days in a week or weeks in a year for me to make every breed out there (especially given the designer breeds coming out everyday [e.g. goldendoodle, puggle, pomchi, etc., etc.] )   Unless I just became a dog pendant maker.  (There are worse things.)

For now, I’ve had two solutions.  The first one I humorously refer to as “Ode to Dog” … it”s the “Paw Prints” pendant you see above.  It suggests a dog without literally being one, and dog lovers have been happily appeased by it.  The second was born out of a nagging desire to create something openly canine in all its glory.   I chose a fox, decidedly canine without being the pet variety.  These were the sketches I made as a guide for the finished piece:

 Fox sketches - guide for pendant

Foxes are gorgeous creatures, in shape and color.  Coming up with a way to suggest the three main colors, like a fox,  in an all-silver piece was challenging.  Texturing became the answer.  Here is the finished piece:

 Fine silver fox pendant

 

If you have dog ideas that could satisfy all dog lovers, I’d love to hear them (or any other random dog thoughts floating around your head 🙂 ).

9 Comments

  1. Catherine
    Feb 2, 2013

    I LOVE IT!! The write up is hilarious! And very true!

    • Myriam
      Feb 2, 2013

      Thanks Catherine… it’s painfully true I’m afraid… I’m still hoping for the perfect solution 🙂

  2. Avery Peyer
    Nov 3, 2012

    Why I haven’t made a dog | Myriam's Nature was stored like a favorite :), I like your website!

  3. Maryann Murphy
    Sep 23, 2012

    Thanks for all of your work on this web page. I am looking forward to reading more of your posts in the future.

  4. Brittany H Martin
    Sep 16, 2012

    I think other web site proprietors should take this site as a model, very clean and user friendly style and design, fun content too. You’re an expert at this stuff!

    • Myriam
      Sep 16, 2012

      Thank you for the incredibly kind compliment. I hope that you continue to read and enjoy. Welcome!

  5. Mary Ellen
    Sep 14, 2012

    Sounds like an idea!

    Hello to Janine! 🙂

  6. Janine
    Sep 6, 2012

    I do undestand your dilemma! So many species!..I have a thought, though : perhaps designing two of the usual kinds you see at your artisan markets, say a pomeranian/shitsu and a larger beautiful type which may have caught your eye…that might be a start and satisfy a lot of your dog lover friends..

    • Myriam
      Sep 7, 2012

      It’s true… there do seem to be just a couple of “types” really. I might be able to make say 4 or 5 “generics”, each capturing a number of species. I like it…thanks!

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