Friday, February 1, 2013

Beads to wear?

Recently someone asked me if I had tried Zentangle, and it turns out I have.   Having doodled for years during interminable corporate meetings, it was a fit, but......only because there were hours of meetings where knitting or beading were not acceptable pastimes and doodling was tolerated.  I have never been able to have quiet hands.

Now that beading and knitting are perfectly acceptable at almost all times (Mark finds it rude in front of company) I admit that I am hugely motivated by the wearable factor and I can't wear zentangle, at least not yet, but there may be ways....

Cyn Bicker zentangled her ott light beautifully and Liz Thompson is also a master at entangling (although she still has those corporate meetings to deal with) and Dallas Lovett is also into the zen of tangling and will share in this years Alaskan Cruise.

But for me, I love personal adornment.  It always puzzles me when beaders love the process but are not interested in wearing what they make.  I come across more of those gals then you might imagine.

There are also many accomplished beaders who bead objects, beautiful objects, artful objects and I love them.  Gabriella completed a beautiful mask which hangs on her wall, and I get it, it is gorgeous.  I started an art stick with NanC Meinhardt, but it has been neglected.......for the wearables.

and you?  Do you bead or knit for your own personal adornment, or that of others? Are you content to make the occasional art piece of beadwork?

8 comments:

Cynthia Newcomer Daniel said...

I am one of those bad girls who likes to make it more than I like to wear it...although I do like to wear my jewelry when I do wear it, I usually don't think to put it on.

Cindy Holsclaw said...

I'm a little of both; sometimes I design something fancy that I would rarely have the opportunity to wear, but other times I'll whip up a few beaded beads, put them on ear wires, and walk out the door with a new pair of earrings for the day.

LoriF said...

Cynthia, exactly, that's me too...the jewelry I like to make is usually quite blingy...and my life is definitely not bling-friendly. I wear a uniform to work (no jewelry allowed)and really have little opportunity for bling occasions. Perhaps my jewelry is the antidote to that? :-)

Patrick said...

Well, being a man, I definitely fall into the category of loving to make and not wear my jewellery. Occasionally I come up with an idea for a man's pendant or beaded bead and I do wear it for awhile.

MaryL said...

I love wearing my art and the things I make from the simplest everyday wear to the most blingy evening wear that I may wear less often, but I do wear it.

Part of the allure of making jewelry for me has always been the fun of getting to wear it.

Meryl Bohlin said...

You could easily incorporate Zentangle on wood or polymer clay beads that you could use in your wearable art! Then you'd have the best of both worlds.

Genevieve said...

I have incorporated Zentangle-inspired art in my jewelry. I paint wood shapes with acrylic paint, and then draw with a Micron pen. You can see some of them here.

Marcia DeCoster said...

Those are lovely Genevieve!