Tolkien, artist

Shoes, Beading and Projects

I hate it when I don't have projects perched in my brain because I splash around in my creative pond like a child with water wings. It's silly, but it's my reality. I always have projects in my head - things I want to do, images that I see that I want to bring into reality. Aside from my novel, which I do realize will need a lot of work but I'll begin dealing with that in November, I also have my shoes projects and there is a major beading project that is perching and knocking against my brain.


Sometimes I feel like a vulture just waiting for
my next creative meal.



It's refreshing and pleasant to have a beading project begging for entry. I've been a bead artist for forty years and just don't get excited about a lot any more. But I've had this neckpiece begging to be made and I'm thinking about indulging my muse and allowing myself to do some beading after the end of 2012.


Sherry is a sweetheart and lots of fun. Her talent led
the way for many copycats but her style stands alone.

Large neckpieces have been a style of bead embroidery that has been very popular for the past few years. Popularized by Sherry Serafini and Heidi Kummli, I've seen hundreds of these over the past five years and very few of them have garnered more than one glance from me. The project that I see in my head will require me to make some glass for it, and will also use some unique Czech Republic glass. If I do it properly it will be a lovely homage to the Goddess, if I don't do it well, it will join the ranks of boring. I'll have to actually do some serious design work before settling this out to work on.




Heidi Kummli also has a unique atyle and beautiful sense
of what beads can do. The detail picture give you just
the idea of what bead sculpture is all about.

My shoes arrived from Zappo yesterday. I'll unpack them today and put my orthotic inserts in. If they are comfortable to wear, I'll keep them. If not, I'll send them back and get the next largest size. You can never tell about a shoe until you have it on your feet. But I can start the design work for them. I'm really happy!
I've been fortunate to meet both Sherry and Heidi over the years. Heidi rarely travels away from her home in Colorado, so I've only met her once. But Sherry is a rock and roll icon, selling her beadwork to the stars, and she travels all the time. I see her every year and we've spent some late nights partying in the lounge of one of the Milwaukee hotels together. She's an amazing artist, cute as a button, and very fun.

Sherry Serafini

Isn't she a doll?

- Erulisse (one L)
I was very taken with the beading I saw at Return of The Ring this summer, and that blue and yellow piece is gorgeous!
This is the world that I came to writing from. These are the artists that I have spent my last 25 years competing with. It's been very fun and I usually don't win because they are so amazingly talented, but I love the challenge.

- Erulisse (one L)
That is some absolutely spectacular beading! It certainly sounds like a decent challenge to fill your hours after you slog through NaNo.

Lots of fun talking to you yesterday! Have yourself a good day, my dear.
I paint with beads, have for a long time, so doing this project that is perched in my brain will be fun, although time consuming. But it will be good to get back to a familiar art form. I want to do the shoes first. I tried on the pair that arrived yesterday and ordered a 1/2-size smaller because they were a bit too large. I'm delighted with the actual shoe style, though. I should have the second pair by mid-week and then I can decide which to keep and which to return and work on the stencil work.

Speaking with you is always one of the high points of my week.

- Erulisse (one L)
I hate it when I don't have projects perched in my brain because I splash around in my creative pond like a child with water wings. It's silly, but it's my reality.

Me, too. ♥ I almost always have projects in my head, whether they be writing or art or crafting or what. I don't know how to function without something creative to look forward to.