Beads in Motion has been received in many mailboxes over the last couple of weeks and people are saying nice things about it which is always ....well nice.
Sometimes, well all the time really for me, it seems that I am just too close to the work and I have a hard time assessing it's impact, viability, whatever the word is. I just don't know if it's any good or not until I start to see it through other's fresh eyes and then I get re-energized.
The idea first came to me when thinking about one of my all time favorite designs, Rings of Saturn which has bead covered rings that revolve around a peyote core. The movement was it's key feature and I decided how fun it would be to create a book where each piece had some element of movement.
The art director had the brilliant idea to show each piece 'in motion' so you'll find a little box titled 'how it moves' for each project. Layout is not the job of the author, but I must say I lobbied for Rings of Saturn to be on the cover and all of the other chosen pieces for front and back are among my favorite pieces in the book. The leaf slide on the left is incredibly versatile, being fully reversible and having many wearing options as it slides up and down on it's St.Petersburg chain.
I will be doing my second book signing this weekend at the Beading Bar in the North Park neighborhood of San Diego from 2:00 to 4:00. If you haven't been it's a delightful new space made more so by the personable owner Bob Eix. Bob will have books if you haven't purchased your own yet, but if you have you bring it along. Not only will I sign your book, but you will have a chance to see the book projects up close and personal. We will also a few book kits available. Leaf Slide, Victorian Slide Bracelet and Spin City necklace are all ready to go!