Friday, July 04, 2014

Bead...Sew...Knit...Sand...Hammer...Life

Hi Readers,
Sorry I haven't posted for a while. My mom passed away and all the wind left my sails... I seem to be slowly catching up, trying to get my Beading MoJo back. And as many of you already know, I also lost my job. My company finally succumb to aggressive takeovers and downsizing. Hello Wall Street and Insurance Conglomerates and Bottom Lines and Profit Margins... (The darker, much less talked about, side of Obama Care).

On a more positive note, I am grateful I lost my job. Because I have wanted to pursue my artistic vision for years. Being caught up in the cycle of "I paid, I trained, I spent half my life..." it was difficult to leave on my own. But now that I've been "Walmarted" and ejected out of the comfort of my spacecraft into a free fall... I am ready to pull my parachute.

And so, here I am... Our economy sucks and I want to sell beadwork? Really? What sinister daemon has possessed me? Well, I've kindof always been a bit possessed - or at least obsessed - so nothing new there.

I've been busy working at designs and making things. I have three businesses waiting for my work. Sometimes it's hard to stay focused because I also suddenly have a house that needs more attention than I ever gave it. But somehow, that seems to balance me a bit so my eyes and hands and head don't get too tired from doing beadwork (And as you know, beadwork requires a lot of sitting - not something I do well unless I've absolutely tired myself out).

So what to expect from my blog in the future? I really don't know. Stay tuned :)  I would like to expand the topic beyond just beadwork. I knit, I sew, I paint, I solder, rivet and hammer, I sand, I stain, sometimes I cook... I like to run with my dog and I like to fix things in my house. I'm blessed with a new neighbor who works as a designer for high end clients and so far, we've had some fun working on ideas and building a floor. Okay, he builds, I glue and nail. Here's the floor I helped him with. Isn't it beautiful? :)



And if you look closely at the knots, you'll see the eyes of the Forest Spirits. Can you find them? (Hint: look at the lower left of the lower photo!)

Well, I need to get back to reorganizing my studio and sorting through my boxes of office stuff (what to keep?).... but first I'll leave you with an inspiring link. I took a class in dyeing using natural plant materials with Darlene Hayes a few years ago. She's fabulous. Did you know - she worked as a researcher in Microbiology, then went back to school and got a law degree and worked as a Patent Attorney, and then took up dyeing wool fibers and started a business selling her skeins? Now she sells her patterns and cooks and... She also built her own home with her own two hands. Pretty amazing woman. So head on over to her website to see what she's up to these days, you just might find something you can't live without :)


See Ya Soon!

Susan


5 comments:

Irene said...

All the best with your new ventures; redundancy may well turn out to be the best thing that ever happened to you.

Beautiful floor!

SuzyQ said...

Thank you Irene! :) Happy Fourth!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Hi Susan. I'm sorry to hear your mother has passed.

The floor is absolutely amazing. I have never before seen a floor that looks 3D.

I began beading about 10 years ago and have always admired your work. I look forward to you posting about your other talents.

Best wishes
Carol

SuzyQ said...

Hi Carol,
Thank you for the good wishes. :) it's been a tough year but hopefully brighter days are ahead!
The floor is called a herringbone floor. The boards were not tongue and groove - Robert purchased pine planks and we set the floor "the old fashioned way", using nails and glue. Apparently tongue and groove has only been available for the past 50-100 years. It was really interesting to learn how to construct such a floor and to see how it turned out - I love how the light plays off the grain of the boards. If you ever come across one of these floors ( often done in tile or brick) check out the edges. Robert cut and laid each of the darker triangular pieces ( a sawtooth edge). Most floors are not layed this way.
That's great that you have stuck with beadwork for so long. It's such an addictive medium! I'll head over to your blog to see what you're working on :)
Thank you for liking my work....it's a labour of love ( as you know:). )
Susan

Kim said...

I am so sorry to hear about your Mother. Losing your job on top of that had to be horrible. I wish you the best of luck with your beading business and wow that floor is gorgeous. I just love it.