Each month, some of the members of the Jewelry Artisans Network blog on the same topic. This month’s topic was pretty general; we were given the theme of Nature to blog about.
This is a stretch for me. I know many jewelry artists draw their inspiration directly from nature, seeing forms and shapes that work for them. Others are more direct, using flowers, animals and birds as motifs. I have never done this.
Over the last year or so, though, I have started taking more of a conscious interest in the world around me. I have long carried a camera in my handbag, mainly so I could snap pictures of my children and friends when the occasion arose. Lately, though, I have been taking pictures of interesting flowers, birds and things like that.
Then last month, I was waiting to pick up my parents, and noticed this tree.
Notice the frost under the bird, and the frothy lace of the foliage? Simultaneously, I have been following the progress of Kate McKinnon’s new book on beadweaving, Geometrics, which has reinvigorated my interest in beadweaving. I am familar with a number of the stitches, but have never really done a lot with them, because of the time involved.
But now I find myself wondering if I could recreate some of the drama of these natural forms in seed beads. I’m not sure where this is going to take me, but I’m looking forward to the trip.
Check out what other members of the Network have to say on this topic below: