It amazes me to think that I have been playing around with beads for almost ten years now. I remember that when I first started out, I didn't feel that I had a creative bone in my body. In fact, I had people ask me what I created since my husband is an author and I told them that while I can clean things up on the back-end there was NO way I could start with nothing and come up with a finished product.
And then it happened. I remember going in to pick up some yarn so that I could work on an afghan during the slower times at work. As I wandered around the store, I found myself in the beading section and I found a kit that had everything I needed to make a necklace and a couple pairs of earrings. The rest they say is history.
I really wish that I still had the pictures of those pieces I made way back then but I had a hard-drive meltdown and that was before I knew about backing everything up online. So the earliest pics I have are actually from a couple years ago.
I still remember my first class which I took at out local bead store, The Bead Factory. It was on how to wire wrap pearls and chain. I still retain my love of both pearls and wirewrapping to this day though I tend to knot pearls rather then using wire.
I remember how excited I was when I got in my first order of beads from Fire Mountain. In those days, I really had no idea of where I was going to picked up a little bit of everything. Some of it, I still have left but most I have donated since I wasn't really using it. I don't know that I have really found my niche yet but I do tend to avoid the plastic beads as well as the lower quality gemmies.
Do I have a certain style that is recognizable as me? I would have to say no. I am still looking for a signature style. What I have found is that I am addicted to artisan lampwork, ceramic and polymer beads. I want every piece that I design to be unique and those artisan components help me to achieve that. I also tend to mix in semi-precious gemstones with my work to both highlight the handmade and to keep the cost down.
When I look through my stash, I do have to say that it is rather eclectic mix of vintage lucite, artisan beads, semi-precious gemstones, chains and wire. About the only thing you won't find is the color yellow. It's a color that I don't wear and I am just not attracted to so I don't tend to purchase it either.
I do feel that I have grown as a jewelry artist and that I have a lot of growing left to do. I would love to finally find my signature style. I would love to learn to solder as well as enamel. Heck, I would love to learn to make lampwork beads since I love playing with fire but I don't think my body would cooperate there. I do have to say that I can hardly wait to see where the next ten years takes me.
Now I guess that I really should explain what brought on all this introspection. You probably guessed it. Yep I am taking part in a blog hop sponsored by Bead Peeps and this is one of the fun juried hops where the hostesses will be assigning us partners, we chat, exchange beads and then get to show off our designs. And some of the questions that they are asking on the groups caused me to take a look that where I came from and hopefully where I am going. I hope that you have enjoyed this little jaunt down memory lane.