Annie (also known as Andrea) Koenig won second place in the gold/platinum category of the 2014 Saul Bell Design Award competition. She documented her artistic journey, from the first spark of the idea to enter the contest, through completing the piece and attending the awards dinner, on her website. This is the first in a four-chapter series. Check back in the coming weeks for the remaining chapters!
“From concept to creation, Surrender demanded all I had and still pushed me farther,” she says. “In the end, it was only when I stopped trying to do it logically, and surrendered and entered the mindset of the piece that it all came together.”
From the start, Annie wanted to challenge herself with the competition, to push the limits of what she was capable of creating.
“I had no idea what was in store for me as I contemplated the Saul Bell challenge,” she says. “I just knew it was time for me to create a piece that pushed me to those foreign places far beyond my comfort zone. This seemed like the perfect opportunity.”
Annie is a master goldsmith, GIA graduate gemologist and award-winning designer and jeweler, so pushing herself beyond the limits of what she was capable of produced quite a piece!
Follow Annie’s design journey! Each of these images links to a chronological entry from Annie’s blog. Take a look at what it took for her to walk through the design process until she finally arrived at an award-winning piece.