Well, that was a short break.
I have received a few emails that have made me question exactly what I didn't do to explain what the Bead Soup Blog Party is all about and what it's supposed to accomplish -- click here if you've never read it and have no idea what I'm talking about. In fact, if you've never even heard of the Bead Soup Blog Party, best skip this post and keep your sanity because I've surely lost mine.
I think there are some misconceptions about what the spirit and intent of the BSBP is all about.
Here's what the party IS about:
- Trading beads, sight unseen.
- Meeting new people via new blogs.
- Expanding your creativity by using beads you may never have chosen yourself.
Here is what it's not about:
- Comparing your skill level disparagingly to your partner's.
- Comparing the quality of the beads traded as unequal and inferior.
- Forgetting that you are a creative person and can make something out of ANYTHING.
|Playground equipment made out of old tires. Who would have thought, right?|
Everyone has a different stash. Quality is also a subjective thing. I've received beads, ephemera, vintage bits and bobs, etc, in past hops over many years for various events -- things that others might have sneered at -- but I've taken it all in the spirit of the event and done something with them. It might have been frustrating and difficult, but it's about creativity. I have found, teaching everyone from Kindergartners with plastic and glue to grownups with precious gemstones and wire that there is a way to be creative with the simplest and crudest of objects -- or be completely uncreative by setting things on fire as I've done with the best of materials.
|My piece, burned, before I figured things out. And I make jewelry for a living.|
I've been asked by several people if I shouldn't limit the party to those who have an established blog.
I will not do this.
One of the points of this party is to help people launch into social media. Beginners, intermediate, and advanced designers alike may never have created a blog. Some have begun a blog strictly to participate in this blog hop. Having a blog can help tremendously in increasing visibility, making business connections, and advancing careers, in fact. Why would I discriminate?
Some have suggested I only allow those with "serious businesses" to participate.
"Serious business" is subjective. Some people have been in the business of designing jewelry for years and have yet to sell a thing. Does that mean they aren't serious? Some people have only been in business a year yet far exceed the talent of many published artisans.
Judging someone's art is not what I am here to do.
I am quite certain I will receive harsh email about this blog post. I've already been cursed at. I'm sure I'll be discussed in private, if not public forums. I'm ok with that, because this is MY party, and EVERYONE is invited as long as they play nice and don't hurt my guests. No one is judged here based upon the size or quality of their stash. Follow the rules set out -- send things on time, post on time, and play nice.
Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off. She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene and is the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party.