Many people have asked me which comes first, the bead or the idea?
For me, in most cases it’s the bead. I see a bead and almost immediately I see a design in my head. Sometimes I have such a visceral attraction to that bead that I have to take home the strand and immediately drop everything I’m doing and make that bracelet RIGHT NOW.
|Necklace in my own collection.|
Sometimes I don’t see the design in my head, but the bead still speaks to me. There’s something about it – be it its beauty, its quirkiness, its uniqueness, its SOMETHING – that speaks to me and says, “Must. Buy. Now.” I have some beads in my cabinet that have been there for a couple of years that I haven’t used yet, but I can’t bear to part with them because that magnetism hasn’t left me yet. Occasionally, that “thing” that made me cling to them fades and I can finally create with them and send them on to loving homes, but I never forget them.
|Acorns by Julie Nordine, Pod by Stephanie Sersich, and boro bead by the late Shannon Hill, all still in my personal collection.|
I do have some sketchbooks, and at times, while unsuccessfully trying to get to sleep, I’ll flip on the light and write out an idea, but really, it’s all about the beads, their colors and textures and shapes. They speak to me.