Monday, September 24, 2007
September - BJP
My September page is dedicated to PEACE.
I found this neat glass peace cab on Ebay, the seller indicated it is West German from the 1950's. Also added is a glass clock face cab (also found on Ebay) - it just seemed to me as though they went together. When I bought the pair of clock faces, the seller indicated they were intended for use in cuff links in the 40's. My first thought when I saw them was that one might make a neat face on a beaded doll.
It seemed natural to me that the symbols of time and peace should go together with a glass heart - this is how my page for September started.
I normally attempt to take photos outside for the natural light, this time I decided to take photos at my bead station. I have this wonderful little desk that was made in Louisiana 10-12 years ago. It has two shelves to the left (beneath the plastic bead storage bins) where I store books, buttons threads, glue, etc. There are 2 little cubbie holes (beneath the cigar box) to the right where I store other items. The unit was originally built for and used as a tattoo station in one of the shops owned by my significant other. The wood came by way of Angola (the penitentiary, not the country), the tile top from a rental unit that was once owned by Huey Long. Oh... if only it could talk. the stories it might tell!
Up above my bead station are shelves where I store yet more odds and end. Intermingled are various works of bead art that I have acquired of the last couple of years - either by trade or by purchase. It's organized chaos and one of the happiest places in my world.
When I begin a project I take out a selection of beads that I might use, and as it becomes clear which beads I will not use - I put them back in their place (I'm easily distracted by too many choices) . I take everything out in the evening when I'm ready to begin beading. Once I'm done for the night, I put everything away (in the cigar box to the right) in order to keep a certain curious cat out of the creative process.
Leaves of Grass
This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body - Walt Whitman