I am on a real history trip at the moment, working my way back and forth through different eras as the mood takes me – and it’s so much fun!!!!!
When I was a child, my Mother and I would travel across Europe throughout the summer months, visiting museums, art galleries and all sorts of cathedrals and churches, interspersed with days in the sun and sea; we mostly stayed with local people and took in the culture and ethos of those places. Consequently I think many aspects I must have absorbed are pouring out of me now in my beadwork.
One thing that hit me not long ago is that I am truly happy wearing my own work now, whereas in my early years of beading, I would make a piece then cast it aside and never wear it. I feel that it must all be part of the learning process – I was building my ‘beading artillery’ so I could eventually express myself properly. I’m still developing and learning – I know there’s always room for improvement and learning something new – but I now experience a true excitement about every new project, and delight in the challenge of creating a way of connecting elements together or engineering a beaded clasp that will suit the piece.
Anyway, having got all that stuff off my chest, I just wanted to say that I’m really pleased to have just finished my Beatrice Cuff (I’m wearing it in the image). I was actually having trouble sleeping as I was making and each scroll and curl, and fretting over where to attach them; worst of all was the clasp, because I wanted it to be totally in keeping with the design, but also secure and balanced, so the whole bracelet would sit nicely when being worn. Well it’s done, but I must sheepishly add that it was also all part of my fiendish procrastination plan – I still have soooooo many workshops to write up (groan………).