Friday, January 18, 2008

Bead Memes Anyone?

gwen fisher
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".
I also learned that for bloggers the term meme can be used to refer to a list of questions that romps around the blogsphere. For example "Answer these 25 questions on your blog and then tag someone else to do the same" - commonly known as a "question meme".

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...


Anonymous said...

I'm crazy about beaded purses. Is this a "bead meme"?

Louise HIll said...

I think the current trend of using beaded bezeled rivolis crystals might be a "Meme".

SuzyQ said...

I think you're both right.
A beaded purse has a long tradition - from bead embroidered purses to crocheted purses to the current love of "peyote" pouches.
For beaded rivolis, this trend can be traced to beaded cabochons and buttons.
So we have three bead memes, I wonder what others are out there.....

Thanks for sharing!!!