Tired but inspired. I spent my afternoon today making my wallet a little lighter but my wire wrapping supply tray a little heavier. I attended a beaders’ trade show. I found some beautiful metallic ribbon I can use to make necklaces for some of my recent pendant creations and some gorgeous beads. So while it wasn’t a weekend of creating, it was time to acquire some of the things necessary to the creative process.
I can’t wait to get to work on one particular glass bead. There was a glass work artist at the show that had a table full of the most beautiful glass work beads. Truly I wish I could have afforded one of everything. While I purchased several beads there’s one in particular that has a wonderful back story and really has my creative juices running. Look for my final wire wrap of the bead and its story here in the coming days.
Spending the time today purchasing the elements that support the kind of art I do and finding inspiration there as well has me reflecting about another aspect of this journey on which I’ve embarked. I have been so encouraged by the support and inspiration I’m receiving – from friends – from family – from people I don’t even know. In these weeks since I started seriously committing myself to following my (as an artist friend has coined the word) heART I’ve been stunned by the number of strangers who admire one of my pendants that I’m wearing. It’s like the universe is coming together to tell me yes – what you’re doing is good; now is the time so step out in courage and follow your heART. God is really blessing my heart and the work of my hands.
So, to all of you who are following this blog and have taken the time to encourage me — thank you! You have been and I’m sure will continue to be a blessing to me – more than you know! What an exciting time this is for me and I’m glad you’re along for the ride!
I decided to wrap a geode half tonight but went about it in, I guess you could say, a backwards manner. I started with the wire. It’s a freeform style that I’ve used to embellish the wire form rather than use the wire to embellish a focal piece. Here I wanted both create the form and add the feature. The form was the easy part. Finding and placing the appropriate half geode was another matter. But, thank goodness there it was in one of my little plastic bags, the perfect geode for the freeform silver frame. Placing and wrapping it into the form was the next challenge. I’m not a disciplined wire wrapper. I don’t have a pattern in my head. I don’t plan and measure and form. I cut a couple pieces of wire and start moving it and shaping it. I search through bags of stones to find the one that fits. Is a disciplined measured approach better. Would I be a better artist? When I learned to play piano, when I took vocal lessons . . . it was all about learning to do it “the right way” first and then from the core knowledge of the proper technique to move into the freedom of expression. As a beginning wire wrapper I question if I should be learning a more disciplined approach to creating my designs. Do I need to plot and plan and measure first to learn the art or is my more organic approach equally acceptable? Hmmmmm Do I need to learn “the right way”? Is there a right way or wrong way in this art? I don’t have a name for this pendant that I made tonight. Perhaps I should call it “Searching”.
Driving to work on this beautiful spring (well last day of winter) day, I found myself feeling far more happy about a Monday morning than I’ve been in ages. I heard the words of a gentleman I knew a while ago. He has long since made the journey to the next life but his words remain with me. When you greeted him and asked how he was his response would frequently be “If I were any better I’d be twins!” THAT is how I’ve been feeling today. Could it be Spring? Could it be the fact that I took off three days last week? Could it be . . . . ? Perhaps. But, you know what I think it is? I think it’s because during those days off I committed myself to following my creative heart. I spent time wire wrapping four necklace pendants one afternoon giving expression to my need to “create”. I started this blog giving expression to my desire to write. And, I took time to find a place of beauty where I could sit, reflect and enjoy the beauty of spring emerging all around me. I’ve registered for a conference in May “Creativity, Spirituality and Wellness: Celebrating the Interface” I’m looking forward to it. As I reflect though, I think I experienced that intersection in the past few days. How does that make me feel? If I were any better I’d be twins!
I spent some time today wrapping four stones. One in particular strikes me . . . Dancing with the Stars. Well – it happens to be my not so secret TV addiction, but I had no intention of wire wrapping an homage to the program when I started. It just ended up that way LOL. The stone is a Herkimer Diamond embellished with Swarovski Crystal elements and wrapped in copper and silver craft wire. When I finished the pendant and looked at it – there it was. The square Herkimer Diamond – the square shoulders of the male dance partner – the three dark green crystals – the buttons on the shirt of the tuxedo. The crystals at the top – the glitter of the lady’s dress. The swirls of silver at the bottom – her skirts as her partner twirls her in the waltz. Never started out with that thought in mind – unless on some deep subconscious level . . . Anyway, love it when something like this happens. Of course, it’s all in the eye of the beholder. Perhaps another would see something something else. And – that’s art. We all bring our own filters into its creation and into the viewing of the final product.
Annie is a pendant I created last evening. It’s an Ocho Coco Geode slice wrapped in copper craft wire. The wire wrap started with the creation of the bale and the wrap of the three primary wires that hold the geode slice in place. I was happy with those wraps. The flow of the wires seemed to mimic the flow of the colors within the geode. From there I was working with six wire pieces that ended up in the curls. I didn’t have a firm plan in mind when I began other than to create the bale and secure the stone; so the curls evolved as I considered the piece and tried to discern how the embellishment needed to flow.
So here’s the truth. I’ve ended up with a pendant that I don’t like. Wouldn’t wear it myself. The title for the piece, “Annie”, is a reference to Little Orphan Annie and her many, many red head curls.
The questions with which I’m left are:
- Is it a case of one woman’s (albeit the designer’s) “trash” is another woman’s “treasure”? Should I just keep the pendant as is and sell it or gift it to someone who is much more ruffled in taste than I?
- Does it need to be – can I fix it?
- Should I just take out the wire cutters and start all over again?
Hmmmmmm. Thoughts? Have you come across similar questions in your art?
Lots ‘n Lots of Wire Ruffles