Monday, 16 January 2012

Enjoying the Journey

From my nature diary
I made just one new year resolution for 2012 – I am intending to
‘enjoy the journey’. It’s all too easy in this day and age to rush towards a goal or destination. Whether it is a walk to the shops or making a piece of jewellery, there are so many pleasures to be found along the way.

For me, much of the excitement of making something includes all the thought processes that take place at the very beginning – the daydreaming, scribbling and working out how to achieve it. The charm of something handmade is being able to feel a connection with the artist, so I am intending to share my thoughts, notes and sketches with you.

I went out for a very sunny walk today, making a point of looking around me to get my new year resolution off to a good start. A noisy jay screeched at me, wintry bare branches are much better for admiring their gorgeous plumage than leafy summer ones, every season has it’s advantages as far as wildlife is concerned. A few years ago I was lucky enough to find a feather in the lane, one day I will use it as inspiration for a stripy piece of jewellery.

A page from my sketchbook
I have two projects on the go at the moment, both using beautiful foiled cabochons. Just after Christmas a friend sent me some pictures of tapestry kit cushions based on the artwork of Gustav Klimt, they fired up my imagination and I am working on a pendant using a design as a starting point. Klimt’s paintings were full of rich colours and abstract shapes and recreating the look using bead embroidery will be a challenge. Another cabochon is going into a design similar to the Athena necklace I made some time ago. I will post pictures of these as I work on them over the next few weeks.

Another project  just at sketchbook stage is called 'Hunters Heart' - a bead embroidered piece in reds and blacks. As usual, I find that there simply are not enough hours in the day to create. I expect everyone who is a crafter finds that to be the case!

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