Sunday, October 19, 2008

embrace the experimental-- project update

This is a glimpse of my Ancestral Expressions EBW Challenge project.

It's in 2 drop peyote, which has it's perks! You may remember that I started Barbary Coast in 2 drop, but worked my way to herringbone. I turned the 2 drop scrap into a Collage Pendant that was up for a drawing recently. It may have reached it's new home by now!

Every beadweaving project is a bit of an experiment for me, as are most of my wirework projects.

It's good to court the unexpected, says Victoria Hughes in her essay Working From Within. If you don't you'll miss something wonderful.

My work has been called fresh, original and unpredictable (yes, I'm bragging just a teensy bit, but I do have a point) and the reason it has the ability to surprise those who see it, is that it also has the ability to surprise me. I almost never end up with what I set out for, but instead, with something better than I could dream. That happens only when you allow yourself to experiment.

I sometimes fret because I want to take the right path immediately, sans false starts. But the false starts are always teaching me something, and truthfully, when we stop learning from our art, it's time to give it up.

Also, remember, Thyme2Dream tagged me again! Since I just did this tag, I'm following Alison's example over at The Explorer's Notebook and doling the 7 factoids out one at a time over the next week.

#3 When stressed, I'm as likely to vocalize in hisses, growls and howls as moans and words. Old habits die hard and I was a weird kid.

Tagging Hot Rocks.


  1. What I have seen so far looks good. Can't wait to see the finished product.

  2. sarah, you have become such a source of insight and inspiration for me!

    i always want to start a piece without any problems and i NEVER EVER EVER experiment anymore b/c i have it in my head that it wastes time. after reading this post, i realize that i have been keeping my own muse at bay!

    from what i can see of your challange piece it is going to be fantastic. can't wait to see the finished product! and you have every right to brag a bit - your work is exciting and innovative and bold!

  3. Amber--I'm so glad you're enjoying and benefiting from the same things I'm enjoying and benefiting from as I pass them on!

  4. You are such a tease Sarah! I can't wait to see the finished piece!