We all have scars. Even my beads.

Stitched WedgeI 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.

The Road to Psychedelia…

Bright Experiments

I played with the bright colors yesterday and I think YOU all will like them even though I still git a little zitzle up my spine when I look at them.

I think the more I work with the brights the more used to seeing them in my work I’ll get. Don’t pay too much attention to the style or design because it’s more of an exercise right now in getting the color down and seeing what it all does together.

So, here they are…and I’ll probably regret showing these but hey, it’s my blog and I can delete. So you better save them now so you can blackmail me later…

I inspired myself. More Monet Beads.

New Monet VineyardUsually when I feel uninspired and not knowing what to create I turn to sources outside myself…nature, art pictures, shows, paintings, whatever. Today I wasn’t necessarily looking for inspiration but have been feeling a bit sluggish and I went to clean the beads I made before the holiday. There were a bunch for show inventory and I’ve seen them many many times but there were also a few of these larger Monet crunch shaped beads that I’ve been making.

Well, I picked them up and checked them out and immediately a spark lit and I couldn’t wait to get to the torch. I actually inspired myself which was a weird sensation once I thought about it…but kinda cool. I won’t even pretend to anticipate that happening again.

I also feel a little funny making the same thing over and over (Monet beads) but I just can’t stop. I get bored of things very fast and these are sticking with me. That tells me that there is more to this. My heart is calling them forward and something is making me hang onto them.

As you may know, it’s not my nature to stick with a style very long before I’m onto the next one. So what do YOU make of this? I just hope that they sell at my shows. I know they’ll trade at the Gathering but that ain’t what pays the bills! They really do need to be seen in person too.