I have SOOOOOO much to write about that I hardly know where to begin. It's been over a month since I have held a beading needle, and the explanation for that will be a separate post. I have three exciting bits of beady news to share, and I will begin with this one:
I was absolutely over the moon to find that three of my works were included in the new Lark 500 series book, "Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry." You can check out the book here:
on amazon and even place your order to see all the really splendid and inspirational work. Many of my beady friends and heroes were also included, and I am so honored to be in this spectacular publication.
In 2007, when I first discovered beading, it was because of another Lark book. For my birthday, I was given a book store gift certificate, and a handmade bracelet that was too large for me. I went to the bookstore to find out how to shorten the bracelet, and next to "Beading for Dummies" was "500 Beaded Objects." I opened the book, and was instantly hooked, knowing that I wanted to DO that!
Now, 5 years later, I feel like a circle has been completed. I got my copy of this wonderful book in the mail and was totally thrilled to open it and see my work there with the "big boys and girls of beading!"
I will confess, I am not pleased with my photography for the book. There were myriad requirements, like, "NO EDITING" and "SHOOT IN RAW" and all kinds of things that my photography simply does not approach, and my ancient camera is simply not capable of. I borrowed my husband's camera, and at least got enough ppi to satisfy the most basic requirements, but just didn't know enough about using this new camera to make my work look its best. I am afraid I rely on being able to crop and adjust exposure to compensate for my lacking photographic skills and when those options are not available, my work really suffers.
I have promised myself that this fall, I will get both a new, state of the art camera, and take a photography class, to learn how to handle the next opportunity when it pops up. Please feel free to take a look at my work and then chew my backside off over the quality of the photos, and hold me accountable for the new camera and classes!
The pieces chosen for the book were "Bollywood Beauty," "Raindrops on Lilacs," and "Persephone's Return," three of my favorites. And incidentally, another of my lilac series pieces, "Persian Lilac" is featured in this month's Your Work section of Bead & Button Magazine. Happy dancing here in Minnetonka!