I 've been inspired by fellow blogger Brian to write about memes and apply it to beading. I was a little fuzzy on the term so I googled it and found a great definition over at The Daily Meme:
A meme is:
- An idea that, like a gene, can replicate and evolve.
- A unit of cultural information that represents a basic idea that can be transferred from one individual to another, and subjected to mutation, crossover and adaptation.
- A cultural unit (an idea or value or pattern of behavior) that is passed from one generation to another by nongenetic means (as by imitation); "memes are the cultural counterpart of genes".
So what is a Bead Meme? I thought I'd use the definition above and give it a try: A bead meme is a series of designs* that a) replicate and evolve; b) represent a basic idea that can be transferred from one individual to another and mutated (changed); and c) an idea, value or behavior (ie. technique or series of methods) that is shared.
Can you think of a Bead Meme that fits this definition?
How about Beaded beads? I remember seeing Sherry Moroshok's beautiful beaded beads for the first time. Wow. Since then, all sorts of variations have emerged including beaded rocks. Crystal beaded beads are certainly popular too. And lately I've been seeing beads made from crystals (and no inside bead)!
What each of these has in common is that once an idea is developed into a design- for example, a beaded bead - it is shared and changed over time. The end result is a huge selection of beautiful beadwork and loads of inspiration!
Do you have a favorite bead meme?
*Design assumption: An idea creates a design which is then expressed as beadwork. In this way, beadwork becomes the representation of an idea - just as a questionnaire does - and therefore fits the definition...