I am being overrun by beads. At one time I thought that was a bad thing because it meant, to me, that I had a lot of beads that I didn’t feel were sale-worthy. But now, it’s because they’re so beautiful that I don’t want to release them. I wrote a bit ago about the process that has been going on with these beads but I didn’t really describe the inner process.
There have been discussions in part of the glass community about the beads known as ‘end of the day’ beads or ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ beads. Two very different styles but two styles that have lots of activity in the design in common.
I’ve tried before to do busy-design kind of beads and I’ve not succeeded. But as these beads got more popular it was hard to keep them out of my vision as I surfed around the internet and eBay. I knew I couldn’t do them and when I can’t do something it bothers me…that is usually when I get my own motivation and inspiration to explore what it is that I can do.
So I started laying down some design elements that I knew I could do and was good at. I started ‘stitching’ them them to the surface with stringer and dots and holding them back from taking over the surface of the bead. As I worked I had the vision of not letting that busyness take over my bead!
Because I was more focused on the intent behind the design rather than the design itself, it started to take on a life of it’s own and other things started to come to me. The stitches that bound the design elements started to take on a life of actual surgical stitches in my mind…but they were beautiful.
It made me think that we all have scars and wounds and they are what makes us what we are today. The beauty under the surface of the scars is still beautiful too. It also made me realize more fully that we’re all the same. No one is perfect. We all have our stuff and it’s not fair to judge someone based on their wounds and scars. It takes something really superhuman to be able to live your life believing that every moment but it’s worth remembering and working on…for me.