This is the finished piece with the previous title of “Taking Back July.” After I lived with it for awhile, I decided that it needed a different title. There is a lot to this piece and what it revealed to me went much deeper than I originally thought. Looking at and living with each finished beadwork piece is an important part of this intuitive and personal process.
July has not been a favored month for me for many years now. Sad memories along with the heat make it hard to enjoy being outside. Even though my garden is ripening rapidly in July, it has often felt like a parched month for me, within and without. I started this piece at the beginning of July. It started with a question about my mood and morphed into Taking Back July…starting with going to my first fireworks show in many years over Waneka Lake. I’ve been really enjoying July since I started this piece. Even the weather at the beginning of July felt unusually cool and refreshing with a lot of rain. I’m not sure where it is leading me. (See finished beadwork here)
This piece was made after I started learning to make lampwork beads. I knew this new medium would take me into a different direction regarding my artwork and I wanted to explore that idea more through process beadwork.
I made this piece right before my wasband and I sold our family’s house in which we had lived for 19 years. My youngest daughter was born there. It was very hard to leave but it was time to move on. Sometimes, when we leave a place that has been our home for a long time, it feels like we are leaving all the memories behind, too. In fact, the memories go with us…hence the house riding on wheels! This was a darker piece, set in the light of the moon. When we are taking a moon journey, we aren’t sure where we are going. This piece helped me through that transition.
This was the first piece I ever made using this intuitive process. It tells the story of a tragic accident but at the same time, one of consolation and healing. It is a great example of how art can hold paradox in a beautiful way.