oooooooh hello !! hey thanks so much if you have popped back to visit since last weeks 'bloggy ramblings' and if this is your first visit to my blog ..... well ....good luck sticking with us for the next however many paragraphs this ends up as being !!
So I thought I'd give your eyes a feast of fabulous fantastical colour this week !! - you may have gathered that colour is something close to my heart, as is my love of whatever materials I am using to be creative - and for some time now this has been beautifully sparkly beads !!
SO, what do I love about beads so much ??
They look like sweeties, they have bubbles in them, they are bright, they look like jewels, you can loose yourself in the sorting of them.
SO, where do my materials come from ??
what are my 'bead-y morals' ??
I made the decision some time ago not to buy beads from the internet or bead shops, (many beads / stones are not mined or made ethically - but that is a whole new bead-y ball game).
All of my beads now come from charity shops (which I obsessively trawl - I have just spotted some wonderful ones in Penzance; so a trip is planned !!) gifts from friends (who realise I am obsessed) or previous necklaces (that I previously obsessively and indulgently bought) - hmmmmm there seems to be a bit of repetition - but no deviation - as of yet !!
From ugly necklaces to a beautiful box of jewels !!
SO, what materials are my works of art made from' ??
I absolutely love glass; it shines in the light, it sparkles in the sun, it has amazing bubbles that you can loose your self in, it's totally FAB
Coral, pearls, stones, shells, dried seaweed, interesting wood - basically- if I can get a wire through it or glue it then I can make it into a necklace !! (although I am starting to try to avoid glue seeing as wot it is an eco-nasty !!
So although I hate it, I also love it - plastic in all of it's different forms can be SO wonderful and SO beautiful. I guess it is going to be hanging around a lot longer than me so the more we re-use what has already been made and is floating about in our seas, lying on our beaches and hiding in our cupboards, then the better. Maybe we are playing our part - (however small) by not adding to that mountain of landfill that is clogging up our world.
SO plastic - love it or hate it - it's here to stay (for a bit !!)
So really - whatever else is left !!!! - felt, fabric;
A few months ago I discovered Polymorph - (the bright pink thing in the photo below) - a totally amazing eco-friendly material that melts in boiling water, hardens again when cool and is totally bio-degradable (tho not when you think it's a good idea to paint it with fluorescent pink acrylic paint !! grrrrrrrrr - won't do that again !!)
It should technically be in the plastics section but hey ho - it looks pretty at this point in the blog !!!)
And so - sparkly blog readers - we ALMOST come to the end !!!!;
Nicking other artist's stuff !!!!;
I have been really lucky to have come across some very amazing jewellers and artists, whose work is amazing and they are amazing as they don't mind me using some of their pieces, bling-ing them up and combining them with some of my beautiful bead-y finds.
However !!! I normally end up loving the finished product so much that I can't bear to part with it !!!!! - here are some recent ones with links - and thank you ladies (if you're reading this) xxxx
'Becky's Pause Button';
Focal piece: Copper and Silver press formed pendent by
'Linds's Styles-ish Pompoms';
Focal piece: Glazed Ceramic Tester by Linda Styles
Gorgeous Lampwork beads made by Caroline Smith who owns 'Studio Thirteen'
Sarah Pompom's Knitted with Love;
Focal piece: wonderful knitted heart by Sarah Perry
SO thanks again for tuning in again to my musings and wafflings !!! I hope you have enjoyed your little tour around my beautiful colourful bead-y world.
Please tune in next week for more of my blogg-y ramblings - BUT !! I really can't leave you without posting the obligatory weekly video. hmmmmmmmmm which way up will we be this week ??!! (if you are confused at my joy - just have a look at previous blogs starting with 'Getting to grips with this blogg-y thing' posted on the 3rd of March !!
Ciao and enjoy !!! - here we go !!!! xxxx
Ps the movie is of our last Kernow Collie meet; look us up on Facebook if you fancy joining in with one of our monthly bounces (all collies and honorary collies are welcome !!) I have posted it to remind all you lovely people (along with myself as I'm rubbish) - that we all need to spend time having fun away from our work and gadgets - apart from the odd ball wanger !!!!!
GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR !!!!!! so this week the movie won't even load !!! - NO MORE MOVIES !!!!!!!
SO here is the link address if you would like to watch what I have tried but failed to share with you - www.facebook.com/pg/KernowCollies/videos/
that's it I'm off to wang a ball or 2 xxxxxxxxxxxx
Sparkly eco 'wearable-art' maker and crazy rescue-collie fanatic; living off grid on a 98yr old wooden ex-Looe Lugger in Penryn, Cornwall.