You know, I try to blog at least once a week but I see that I have somehow missed a week without realising it. Could be because we are still waist deep (we were neck deep so at least there has been some improvement) in end of year financials here. Moving on …
I listed some earrings for the first time in my etsy shop this week. I have avoided making earrings for such a long time – it’s not because I don’t like them, I think it's more because I hate making things I can't see myself wearing. I had my ears pierced when I was quite little. Years of wear have stretched the holes, so now I only wear very lightweight or small hoops (sorry, I know that’s a bit gross). I’m also conscious that some people, including me, can have a pretty nasty adverse reaction to non precious metals. But, I field tested a pair I made using copper wire and was pleasantly surprised to find I had no reaction to it at all (I know some people are allergic to copper though). Ideally, I’d use sterling but it’s just so ridiculously expensive – maybe plate might be an option.
My work is still tending towards the tribal. I haven't listed the above piece in the shop yet, but I'm very happy with the way it turned out - after several remakes! In its first iteration I used a textile necklace, but it looked all out of balance and I much prefer the braided leather. I added the dangly side pieces (trade bead tassel and bedangled cotton reel) after much debate, again it was a question of getting the balance, look and feel, right. I've decided to call it 'Nomad' as it was inspired by one of my salt bags which has lots of trinkets woven into the fringe.
Talking of textiles, I dug out my old inkle loom this week and, when I’ve got the energy, I thought I’d try and make some woven strips for necklaces. A few years ago I was very into tablet weaving – you can create some fantastic patterns. It is incredibly time consuming though. I've also got an Ashford table top loom (simple one-heddle) and thought I might have a crack at weaving some wrist cuffs in very plain colours, perhaps grey, which I can then embellish with bits and pieces. I've completely forgotten how to warp both looms so will have to look online for some advice.
I’m reading another very interesting book I picked up in a junk shop - Magic Symbols by Frederick Goodman. Again, I should stress in the interest of transparency, I am a sceptic and not at all a believer in these things. I do however, find symbolism completely fascinating – it’s like a code (and no, in case you are wondering I am really not a fan of Dan Brown, I pretty much loathe the Da Vinci Code). This book explains the origin and meanings of such symbols as the Ouroboros. It’s incredibly detailed and I have to admit to wondering whether the author has made some of it up!
‘til next time