So it's a few weeks before Bead & Button and I have been doing lots of sketching, inspiration gathering, looking over my current line of beads and working out a plan for what I'd like to make for the show. I always like to have at least 30% of my inventory fresh and new for the show.
And sometimes in that gathering stage, I just let my muse go a little crazy and make whatever strikes my fancy. Sometimes they work out, sometimes they don't. But that's part of the creative process, you must take risks and not be afraid of missteps. They are in fact, stepping stones. So these may or may not end up on the table of Bead & Button but I thought I'd share some of the inspirations behind these beads.
It started with crabs, that were part of an inspiration bootcamp that I'm taking for illustration. I couldn't help think these would be super cute with all my starfish, beach houses and urchins, right? So they are keepers for sure. The first pair is going to my mom, who as a Louisiana girl has claimed a pair for earrings. Adorbs.
And that got me thinking what else could go with these and fit in with my sea inspired beads. And somewhere in the back of my brain this little animated movie has been scratching at the door. So I decided to bring the Ballad of Holland Island House to bead form. Take a minute to watch the video, it's so charming and quite a story.
I think it appeals to me on many levels - standing strong in adversity, the sadness of change, nostalgia - longing for things of past and places you can't return to, the house imagery which is very personal to me and a symbol that I use over and over again. And the idea that time and nature have a natural progression that we can not stop. Heady, it's just a bead right! But stories and those inspirations are what make my beads more than just a cute image, there is always more there.
Hope you are finding all sorts of unexpected inspirations in your jewelry making. If you are feeling a little uninspired lately, look around at something you love and see how you can translate it with beads into jewelry.