Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Seems like I'm always posting something about where I get my inspiration, and this time it's kind of funny.

The first inspiration struck when I was looking through my new supply of opaque delica beads (Fire Mountain Gems really loves me) and realized that some of the colors looked just like the colors of the fiesta dinnerware my grandmother used to have. Sadly, I don't have any of those old dishes; but I decided to make a tubular peyote pendant using a bunch of those opaque beads. I took my Fiesta Stripe pendant outside so I could get some photos of it, and I decided to use this wooden hand for some of them.

So there's one bit of inspiration... fiesta dinnerware.

Now here's the second bit. That wooden hand. I love wood. Our house (which we built) has oak flooring and trim, hickory cabinets, an oak fireplace/mantel, loads of wooden furniture, and even a collection of wood carvings (some of which were made by my very talented grandfather) and wooden vessels and bowls. I've been known to take pictures of driftwood, knots in fenceposts, and all sorts of things. Yep. I love wood.

So the wooden hand gave me the idea to create a beadwoven cuff with a wood pattern. I have no idea what type of wood this would be, so the cuff is called Faux Bois (French for fake wood). Pretty cool, eh?

I don't really have an inspirational story to go with the newest ndebele rope in my shop, Devilish Twist. I just like making these, and the red and gray beads seemed destined to be together.


Where do you get your inspiration? I'd love to hear from you!

10 comments:

thebeadedlily said...

Very cool little glimpse ML. For me it's the usual places. I've got a stash of focals I'm working my way through right now as i wait for the next EBW theme.

I did decide on an ambitious project for sister mine's anniversary. I'm gonna do a beaded scarflette. She was the inspiration for that idea-- and you'll get to see it on the blog, but--shhhh-- don't tell her it's for her!

Kim said...

many times it is the beads themselves that inspire me, but I have found myself looking at everything around me differently lately and thinking "oh, those colors look good together, they would look neat in a cuff done in such-and -such and way"

Christelle said...

Oh WOW! The red and grey ndebele rope is beautiful!

Triz Designs said...

i love the fiesta stripe pendant's colours and the faux bois bracelet'pattern... would make a psychotic, psychadelic bracelet combining the two ;-) definately cool! :-D

Julie - Pink Paris Match said...

MaryLou! How the heck are ya'!!!!???

I stumbled upon your little bloggy blog......:) Very cool art you got here! I'm so glad to have found you!

What have you been up to? I'd love to catch up!

Julie Bergmann aka:Pink

Dani' said...

I really like the faux wood pattern!
great job, and thanks for the pendant. I posted here

PurrPrints said...

I like the Devilish twist piece a lot...

I get my inspiration from so many different places that I'm not sure how to pick one or two out--lol

MyFairLadyVT4 said...

I love these new ndebele necklaces ML. Great work.

Cookie Sunshine said...

I love red.

Barbara said...

Those are awesome! I love the Ndebele rope. Red and grey are two great colors meant to go together. Totally.

I get inspiration everywhere. One of things I do when I feel like I don't Have Any is to look at art books. I try to stay away from modern and contemporary stuff, but I like to look at Victorian and older jewelry to see what inspires me...