I feel like I'm back from a long distance. My foray into Facebook and other things internet-ty is definitely not a pleasure, but a business trip. Here, I am grateful for this community and anyone reading this knows why The journey to explain my art should start here.
Some of this is from my "blog" so I apologize if it is repetitive.
Stringing beads together can be like stringing a life together. The tranquility of working with jewelry, is soothing. Beading, wire wrapping, and linking jewelry require a focus on the elements of design. As I work with colors and forms, I don't need to think in sentences. Whlie the fluidity of language allows me to communicate effectively in my everyday life, I have found that creating art is wildly expressive.
Creating art seems to be even more important than the art itself. When I'm creating art, I have no need to think in sentences, I need not focus on my anxietes, worries or hurts. I stop the running soundtrack of my thoughts.
I have no need to replay memories or to hesitate about my future. So therapeutic for me to swerve away from the constant chatter of our restless minds.
I find that making jewelry is a parallel process to collage. I see both as essentially the arrangment of colors and forms with the eventual transformation of many apparently disparate elements. The finished piece itself is fulfilling. But the process of creation itself is what most engages me. The allure of a peaceful mind is irresistible. The process is good for the soul. The act of creation itself soothes and clarifies my own center.
My mind becomes like a summer sky, I am either empty of clouds, or they are passing, fleeting. :thumb251575493