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beadweaving is my art of choice

Some people draw (sky_falls_down), some paint (misemifein2), some take photos (_displaced_) some animate (jamina1), and some combine those (jedibubbles). These arts and others are easily recognizable as art because they can visually convey an idea or emotion. The easiest way to do that is by painting humans -- when you see yourself in a work of art you find it much easier to comprehend the idea or emotion that the work is expressing. A crying woman is much more evocative than a bowl of oranges, for example.

While I cannot convey an idea or a complex emotion, I do have at my disposal line, color, texture, and pattern. Through these I attempt to create a subtle attitude from an arrangement of glass. I'm every bit as passionate about beading as some artists are about their paintings or drawings. My work means something to me. I love creating custom pieces, because I concentrate on what I know of the person and try to express that by using shades of color, size and shape of beads, contrasting or smooth-flowing patterns, translucency and opacity, subtle matte or flamboyant gloss. I love that my art is wearable -- I think art should be something that touches life and makes it more beautiful, even in a small way. I also love that my art makes women feel like life is a little more exciting (when they're wearing my jewelry).

And like every artist, I crave an appreciative audience for my work, so I am filled with shimmering gratitude for all of you who commented on that earrings post -- it's very encouraging! Most people see my work as a nice little hobby, not art that I put my heart and soul into. It's so lovely to see that people admire my work.

feelings: pleased
sounds: Darren Hayes: "Insatiable"

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misemifein2 ══╣╠══
definitely art, you're so creative. I couldn't do that. not even in paintings, I just copy what I see. I can see how you could make them specifically for people as well, that earring that reminded me of my flat-mate was like her (that she makes jewellery too is just a co-incedence). Wearable art is even better... jewellery, tatoos, henna. Make-up even.

What you said about people and bowls of oranges reminded me of a review I read of one of Lucian Freud's paintings. It's a painting of a naked woman lying on a bed, and beside the bed is a small round table and on the table is a bowl with a boiled egg cut in half in it. One of the women who reviewed it said that when she looked at the eggs it made her physically sick. Can't remember the reason she gave, but it was a pretty powerful effect just by the painted eggs. Doubt they would've had that effect if she'd just seen them on their own, without the woman, but it's still strange.

Wish I could buy your jewellery, looked at the barefoot thongs and went oooh, want one. Think it would probably cost a lot to get it over here though.

Sorry for the long comment
belenen ══╣garrulous╠══
don't apologise for the long comment! I love those! And what you said about Lucian Freud's painting was really interesting... I suppose he meant it as a symbol, and that woman's subconscious recognized it. Now I want to see that painting.
misemifein2 ══╣╠══
Freud Painting

Thats the egg painting. I don't like that painting much, I prefer some of his others. I have a whole book full of his painting because I admire his portraits so much, it's the way I would want to paint. Some of them disturb me though. He did a beautiful painting of a baby that is my favourite, but I couldn't find it online to show you.
belenen ══╣garrulous╠══
Re: Freud Painting
cool, thanks for showing me. It's very well done, but not my style -- I hate orange tones usually.
kmiotutsie ══╣╠══
functional art is the best. of course, by sheer dint of being decorative it's functional, but the kind you can wear is extra-nice. i myself do furniture, which of course you can't wear, but i love it that i can make something in to a beautiful piece of art, without taking away it's usability. =)
belenen ══╣garrulous╠══
true true. I try to customize everything I own, just so that it's no longer truly mass-marketed, but something no one else has... 'cause that's part of the definition of art, you know. ;-)
Do you make/refurbish furniture for a living?
kmiotutsie ══╣╠══
not for a living, just for fun =) because i do enjoy it *so* much. I get this amaing sense of gratification/ satisfaction/ happiness whenever i finish a piece. i'd love to do it for a living someday tho! it's one of my many distant happy dreams!!
writer_lilies ══╣╠══
I read that as birdweaving for some reason. I hear you about the appreciative audience too only I'd rather it be of my writing and not my crafts. T_T
belenen ══╣garrulous╠══
I don't really crave an audience for my writing, oddly enough. Me being pleased with it is enough for me -- but with visual arts I want others to applaud. ;-)
writer_lilies ══╣╠══
I'm sure someone will then. There's always Ebay.
fyer_eyes ══╣╠══
From one artist to another, I understand that it can sometimes suck when people call it a hobbie. But thats spectators for you. They think they're into art, but really they just like looking at it. They are never concerned with the complexities and emotion that a piece can bring to the human spirit.
darlacia ══╣╠══
This post made me think alot...thanks
I think that all artists pour thier heart and soul into all the work they do.
belenen ══╣garrulous╠══
Re: Interesting...
you're welcome.
pink rose
sunshinepill ══╣pink rose╠══
I understand what you mean. When I sell my jewery I always make sure it's described as 'wearable art'. It's a beautiful way to express yourself, and show people. I see it the same way that people see tattoos as art. Just... not so permanant :) Also, I always admire people who do bead weaving. I simpely haven't got the patiece and prefer to do more wire work.

You took me off your list and I just wanted to know if it was because of anything I did/said. If that's the case, I'd be happy to take you off of my list too, if you wanted. I don't want to offend you.
belenen ══╣gentle╠══
I see it the same way that people see tattoos as art. Just... not so permanant
Very good analogy! I like!

---about the list, you certainly didn't do anything offensive: after reading your journal for a little while, I just didn't feel like we 'click'. If you still want to read my journal that's fine, and I'll probably pop over to yours every now and then just to see what's up. You're a lovely person, just a little young for me. ;-)
sunshinepill ══╣eye╠══
ok, I'm sorry it's taked me so long to reply to this. It makes it seem like I was brooding, but I wasn't. I've been sick and RL has gotten in the way.

I feel that I had to reply to this because I've done enough of the "repression" act. I don't want you to think that I'm attacking you, but I don't want my feelings to linger unresolved.

You read my journal for a few days and decided that we didn't "click". That, I guess, is something I can understand. The comment about my being too young, though? That felt condescending. You hadn't read my journal for even a week, or spoken to me via some other method (e.g. AIM). You saw a few silly posts that I'd made. It happens. I'm not always intellectual or "deep". The fact remains that you didn't know me to make a fair enough assessment of who I am. You questioned my maturity, or that is how it feels to me.

I just sincerely needed to let you know how much that... hurt me.

If you feel you need to clear anything up and would like to do it outside of your journal, my AIM is mickeylynnj.

I hope you understand. Again, I did *not* mean to come off accusing.
belenen ══╣gentle╠══
Well, I was trying to figure out what it was that was keeping me from feeling like I 'clicked' with you -- and the only thing I could think of was that you're 17 and I'm 21. I have no idea how mature you might be -- like you said, I didn't really delve into your mind. I wasn't meaning to slight you -- I just couldn't think of anything to say, and I was trying to not sound rude. Guess I failed there. *rueful look* I'm sorry. You aren't too young or too anything.

Thanks for being honest, and I really am very sorry that I hurt you. Please understand that I respect you and didn't intend to slight you. I don't feel that you are lesser than me in any way, and I'm sorry I gave that impression.
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