Sometimes, there’s stuff about beads and jewelry that I just don’t get.
Like – I don’t get the whole fuzzy, felted bead thing. Or the use of “eyelash” type fibers and yarns. I mean, yeah, I understand the idea of texture and the fact that they are more unusual, original materials to use, but all I can think when I see them is that it would drive me nuts to wear something like that. Y’know, because of the tickle factor?
Also, I wonder about the practicality and permanence of these materials. Especially after I found my favorite cashmere sweater eaten to RAGS by bugs earlier this year. Or maybe these aren’t qualities that should be considered when creating casual jewelry?
I also don’t get beadwork designs with thread showing. Now, I’m not talking about allowing colored beading wire to show for artistic effect. I’m talking about bead woven stitches where the thread shows. I know it’s unavoidable with some stitches, but at LEAST use thread that matches the project (or color it with a marker) to cut down on the visibility.
Sometimes, I don’t get stuff AT FIRST…and then later I come around to an understanding. I felt that way about base metals (brass, copper, gunmetal) for a long time. I considered them to be the cheap stuff that gives me an allergic reaction and then doesn’t wear well (the finish comes off). It took me a while to realize that the materials had progressed past that point (or maybe my allergies just got a lot less sensitive) and could actually be a useful part of my beading repertoire.
And I’m still having a flip-flop, get it/don’t get it relationship with asymmetry. It’s definitely hard for me to force my brain to go there. I thought it would get easier with practice, but it really hasn’t. Sometimes I like it in other pieces I see in magazines, etc., and sometimes I just don’t get it.
Oh, and Steampunk. I like it in novels (quite a bit, in fact), but, with the exception of a few pieces here and there, I’ve had a hard time appreciating it in jewelry.
I don’t really have a point here, I suppose. Just some thoughts that have been knocking around in my head for a bit and needed to come out. It’s probably because I’m having a really sucky week and since I can’t blog about what’s REALLY bugging me (though I really REALLY want to because I desperately need to vent), I guess it’s coming out this way.
Also, I hope no one takes this personally. These aren’t things that I hate or that make me gag or anything. It’s more like they make me go “hmmm” and “????” And then I wonder what it is about my particular brain/eye connection that appreciates and understands certain materials, styles etc., but not others.
And then of course, I worry that whatever that bit is…it makes me weird somehow LOL!
Because, y’know, I NEEDED something ELSE to worry about.
So, what is it that you don’t get? Beads? Technique? Style? Trends?
Enquiring (and possibly weird) minds want to know.