When I Drive Myself

“But lately I am beginning to find, that I should be the one behind the wheel…”

“But lately I am beginning to find, that I should be the one behind the wheel…”


Music, designing jewelry, or creating anything are all connected for me. Music is always on when I sit at my desk to sketch out a new piece. And the choice of music totally depends on what I’m working on.

If I’m just riffing, not having a specific design in mind, or haven’t written out a workflow (specific commands in the CAD program I use to design) for a specific piece, I usually listen to anything by Keith Jarrett — especially The Koln Concert Live.

If I’m creating multiple sizes of the same design (like a cuff bracelet), then it’s always the Trouble Man Soundtrack by Marvin Gaye or anything by the cellist Zoe Keating.

If I’m working on my website, adding new content or writing a blog post, then it’s Jazz, R&B, Pop or Classic Rock from Apple Music.

The Incubus video has stayed with me for a long time. The visual is so powerful. You can draw yourself and life any way you want.

Like a few times before, I’ve forgotten who I Am, and that I’m quite capable to drive myself, creating whatever life I want.

These are renders of my first pass at creating a new Drive Pendant. I’m thinking of changing the Finding/Connector to a hand at the 12 o’clock position, hiding the opening for the chain to pass through. Tell me what you think!

Sometimes, I feel the fear of uncertainty stinging clear
And I can’t help but ask myself how much I’ll let the fear
Take the wheel and steer
— Incubus Songwriters: Jose Pasillas Ii / Alex Katunich / Michael Einziger / Christopher Kilmore / Brandon Boyd

Music and artists I referenced: