|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.