Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Worlds Apart - The Tale of a Bead Embroidered Necklace

When you're looking at art, you know that to the artist that created the piece, every piece tells it's own story.  No matter the place or time, the inspiration that started that design was something special to the artist.

Worlds Apart for me is exactly that.  Throughout the process of the move I knew two things1.  Nobody was going to touch my studio.  I knew I was going to have to organize, pack, unpack and organize again at my own pace.  2.  If I was going to focus in order to get the rest of our house packed, I knew I needed to pack the studio sooner than later.  Which lead to #3.... I would be without my beads for at least 2-3 weeks.

What, 3 weeks without beads???  Am I crazy???  (Hey, at least I didn't do away with coffee in that time frame too!)

Week 1 was very productive... packing, organizing, taking things to Goodwill.  Week #2 I started to go a little crazy and by week 3 I was ready to lick the Miyuki right off that seed bead.  Okay, maybe that's a little exaggerated, but I was going through withdrawls.  So when the opportunity arose that I had a little extra time, and some brand new shades of Nicole's Beadbacking that I wanted to play with, I "allowed" myself to sit down and create - in my new studio.

I created this piece a little at a time whenever the stress of the move really got to me.  I'd bring a van load of tubs over to the new house, unpack the contents, then sit in my new studio and listen to the beads.  It brought me such peace as I was making it. 

This piece is called Worlds Apart for a couple of different reasons.  The obvious is that the focal resembles a globe.  Being in purple and green it represents passion and growth, two feelings I really experienced in the process of finding a new home and moving.  The other reason Worlds Apart fits this piece so perfectly has to do with the timing of it's design.

Our old home was a classic, early 1900's Victorian.  It was a large 2 story with winding staircases, no air conditioning, and cable... well, we had to "create" our own wiring for tv in the bedroom.  Our new home is a contemporary ranch.  It's fairly new with the open concept design.  The windows are all high efficiency, we have central air and cable in all the rooms.  The basement is finished (great for Chris' man cave) and it's 180 degrees opposite from our old home.

Hence "Worlds Apart" for the name of this beaded design.  Leaving what we knew and had become very familiar with for a new, unknown yet equally welcoming home.  We're in a place now that we truly appreciate the simple things.  Less maintenance means more time being with those we love and doing the things we love.  No stairs are so important to our aging Springer.  She's acting like a kid again because all the windows are eye level for her.  Puppy Dog Delight!

So this bead embroidered necklace was my first creation in my new studio.  The lighting is beautiful, the windows just beg the sun to shine in and my creative heart is all fluttery with love and happiness.  May your day be filled with delightful adventures too!


Worlds Apart is available in my Etsy store. It's the perfect necklace for spring and summer because the colors are so vivid.  If you'd like to have a one of a kind piece of jewelry made just for you, feel free to e-mail me and I will work with you to turn your dream design into a reality!


Kristen said...

And didn't you just love those few minutes with your beads! Brandi looks like a sweet pup and totally happy in her new home!

Halinka said...

Three weeks without beadin it's not a nice prospect,but it means You'll be very busy that time.
Do not get stressed.Not so long ago I moved out not only from one house into another one,but also into another country as well:-)I was out of beading even longer,than three weeks:-)
I can admit-there is a little mess at the beginning,but soon the harmony emerges from the total chaos and it makes us even happy-as something happens in our life.Changes do not have to mean bad things.
Your last piece is in weathery mood.Light green colors always mean the Hope:-)Altogether-Spring's coming and it is seen in Your last Work.I love it very much.
Our beading world tells stries every day.The pieces can tell about an artist more,than he/she personally thinks.The colors and their saturation,also the way of stitching tell others about our mood.
I wish You Happy Busy Three Weeks
Will be so pleasant to see YOur pretty Works here again and to read,how Your Life's going.
Warm Hugs-Halinka-

Stacy said...

I'm so happy to hear that you have found a new home that makes you happy. We'll have to catch up...but from the looks of things it will be April before we get to that part of life. Hugs!

Beadwright said...

Hey girl thanks so much for using my Nicole's BeadBacking. I thought you had something special for those green colors. The piece is perfect and your story so touching. I am thrilled you have a new home and a place for everyone including the 4 legged people.

Saturday Sequins said...

I'm glad you didn't completely deprive yourself of beads for all those weeks! That would have constituted cruel and unusual punishment.

Brandi's adorable. Thanks for sharing the photo with us, and thanks for sharing the story behind that pretty pendant!

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