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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Marching (Ambling?)Toward my Dream

I have arrived at the point in my Bead Dreams process where the meditation is nearly over and the magic must begin.  I generally create parts, and then engineer a whole.  The parts assembly is meditative and pleasant.  I can do some of it (once I have finished with making samples and know what to make) while relaxing on the couch.

But this moment between the methodical assembly and the aesthetic decisions and engineering is sometimes daunting.  It is the part where time to think and evaluate is most beneficial.

I'd like to show you, but I just can't.

For me, if I have a conflict with someone else, I am most successful if I work it out with them and them alone.  Anytime I try to tell another person my troubles, a kind of dishonesty begins.  And I find that not only do I needlessly burden a friend, I also cripple my floundering relationship.  For me, this is the perfect analogy.

Making a big piece is like resolving a conflict.  And in order to be honest with it, I have to work it out with the components, and my own heart and hands.

So yet another image free post.  but I look forward to being able to share!

Are you at work on a Dream?


  1. I cannot wait to see how it turns out.

    I create almost in the opposite direction. I have a big picture of the shape I want to end with and then begin working on the pieces to make it so.

    1. There must be some Confuscian quote that would apply! "Many paths lead to Nivrana" maybe? Sometimes, I start with a shape too, but this time, I knew the components would be the star. And as I work further, I find that I am trying to diminish the power of the connections, and minimize them, using them primarily to put space between things and create an airy lightness for what could easily be a heavy piece. So far so good, but it's time to do a second iteration of the big picture to better align elements and create some size adjustability. My successful big stuff usually sells, and it is nice is there is some ability to adapt to bigger and smaller necks. Thanks for reading, Kathy Jo!