'The little space within the heart is as great as the vast universe. The heavens and the earth are there, and the sun and the moon and the stars. Fire and lightning and winds are there, and all that now is and all that is not.' -The Upanishads.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

A fearful symmetry...

After a loooong but thankfully uneventful trip home (squished into the back seat of an aging Saab with two big hairy dogs and a small cooler for 13 hours), I'm reunited with all my stuff, even if my knees (also aging) are complaining about being in any position other than vertical.

the noble Tia
the goofball Tonka

The first order of business is to clear out the old to make room to buy more beads to make more stuff.

I used to use pretty much only silver, back before the prices went through the roof.  I have a bunch of older pieces that I'm putting up on Etsy to sell.  I couldn't afford to buy the materials at today's prices, but I only have one neck so there is a limit to how many necklaces I can wear.  The prices reflect what I paid for the wire and beads a few years ago, not what it would cost for them now, so I think they are a great bargain.  Here are a few - I was using a lot of silver from Bali and Karen Hill Tribe beads, pendants from Tibet and Afghanistan, American borosilicate beads - going for an urban, ethnic aesthetic.

Man, I was a slave to symmetry.  I still find myself falling back into that design solution pattern, but it's so much more interesting to achieve balance in other ways.  It just occurred to me that it's also a metaphor of sorts for my life the last few years.  About a year before I was laid off from my bookkeeping job, I developed a neurological disorder called Mal de Debarquement Syndrome.  Essentially, landsickness.  My brain perceives everything as being in motion and it's difficult to keep my balance.  So I guess if I can achieve balance in my artwork, that's satisfying some need.

Here's some new stuff too.  Uh-oh.  They're BOTH symmetrical.  Mostly. That blows that theory to hell.

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