As I mentioned in an earlier post, I had a bit of "artist's block" to deal with this spring... And, as someone (please don't ask me who) once said, "It's more preferable to step back a bit, than to keep banging ones head against the wall." So... always one to follow wise advice *coughnotcough*... when I stepped back I found myself making beads.
Lots of beads... (sorry for the lousy pics... I didn't want to delay this post any longer than necessary).
Beads are an old passion of mine, but many years ago I decided to resist making any more because... well... I am not very good at stringing them. What good is a bead if you can't do anything interesting with them (I have a couple of drawers of ancient beads to testify to that).
But, I have found that sometimes going back to a form that comes easy (i.e., simple round balls with holes in them) helps coax out a sleeping muse.
Above are some of the Mokume Gane squid and cicada beads.
Then I started easing back into my usual "simple cane" patterns...
When my muse started to open her sleepy eyes, I began making simpler beads, but with a little added dimension.
As well as more "cephalopod eye" beads, which I actually started making last year...
So. Now that my muse is up and had her coffee, what do I do with all these beads!