Now I have not named this piece yet, I usually do not until I have it complete, or nearly so. But this piece starts with a story, as many things do.
I started over a year ago, eesh I guess I would say closer to two, with my first experience in an airplane. I had been beading for a few years before I ventured into a PowWow and made a few new friends. They led me to to a glass and beading forum named Lampwork Etc. It was a great place to learn, share and explore new ideas with people all over the world. At that time, my largest creative outlet was beading. Yes I was writing at that time, but my skills were not up to par for publication (even though I thought I was good and had subbed a few pieces!)
Through this forum I met a fabulous group of girls and a few guys, who have been ultimately supportive through these last few years. Eventually our group moved from LE to The Melting Pot where we chat. Girls, I would never have made it through these past five years without you!
But anyway, Lisa, one of the most fabulous bead designers I know invited a few of us to Tuscon to visit the Bead Show there. I bought tickets and flew on my first plane trip with connecting flights without an issue at all. I didn’t have a lot of money, but my friends were so wonderful I did not worry about it. While there I fell in love with a 3 inch bead by Kimberly Affleck. It was blues, greens, bits of golds, bits of purple and rose all swirled together in a wonderful organic piece. I agonized about the piece as it was one of the first booths that we stopped at and would take most of my funds, but I also realized that if I left it, it might not be there when I returned. So I bought it, tucked it into my purse, and mostly drooled at the other pieces at the show.
It was not until about three months later that I even began to fiddle with the piece. Beading is a lot like writing in many way. I always tell people that a piece has to “speak” to me before I will begin on it. In a very honest way pieces do speak. They tell their own story, and it is up to you to interpret it. I started with colors, trying to match hues of the focus bead with the colors of seed beads that I had. This bead reminds me of photos of tide pools, not because of colors, but the way you can find surprises in the depths. No matter how long I look at this piece, I can always find something new to look at.
A few months after that I started with the netting. I had been inspired by a bracelet pattern in a Bead & Button magazine. A very free-flowing, organic netting was shown and I knew I wanted to use that pattern. So I picked my base color and my accent colors and started. Once I had it “framed out” I started on some ruffles, but at that time my life was falling apart. I won’t go into what was happening but I put the piece aside and began writing again. I finished my first novel. Then ended a (much too long) relationship with my x.
On occasion I picked up the piece, held it, made a few stitches and then put it back. The piece no longer “spoke” to me. Last week, something changed. I pulled out some beads to make some bookmarks, easy things that take an hour and a half to make. Fun, easy things. Then I started thinking about the piece again. I got it out. I looked at it, it whispered.
I did not write last night. Instead, I took needle and thread and stitched through tiny beads working on fringe. It is not finished, not by a long shot but I am wearing it today. Tonight, after some writing, I will work on it some more.
Please excuse the shadows on the photos. I took these outside on a sheet.
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