#109 A Necklace of Curiosities...

I'm lucky to have a dressing table; a place reserved for fixing hair,  applying makeup, and all the other primping a woman needs to do.  A place that is all too often covered with bits of this and that that rarely get put away.

What's fun about that - even though it sometimes drives me to distraction - is that it is like a tabletop playground for my imagination. I love seeing where that leads!

Today it led to a Necklace of Curiosities:

 Necklace of Curiosities. 2011. Pewter pin, shell, steel bead, corkscrew hairpins, rubber tubing.

I particularly like the corkscrew hairpins, don't you?

-karen anne


#107 Autumn Sky...

 Autumn Sky. Necklace. 2011. Blown glass, crystal, quartz, pearl, rubber tubing, sterling silver.

The first bit of cooler weather, the blue sky brilliant after days of rain, the sun touching my face, the first leaves turning orange...all lovely inspiration for a new necklace.

Three days in the studio and I feel my voice returning.

A confident mix of color, textures, sizes and shapes, combined with the syncopated rhythm of an elegant line. Balanced.

It says what I've been feeling...what I feel now.

Fall is in the air.

-karen anne


#106 More adventures in steel wire...

 Necklace. Forged steel wire, rubber tubing, quartz, jade, glass. 2011

 Earrings. Forged steel wire, crystal, glass. 2011

The last is a bit of swirly-twirly linear thinking -which is my most usual mode- because who could resist these gorgeous blue blown glass beads??? Certainly not me!

-karen anne


#105 The Politics of Grief...

The political stalemate we are witnessing is, in my opinion, a manifestation of our ways of dealing with grief in the wake of 9/11. Being angry, self-destructive, and having an extreme desire to be in complete control, is one way of dealing with overwhelming loss. Recognizing and accepting the magnitude of the loss, using the energy of the void to create something positive, reaching out to comfort and support others is another way.

There is no doubt in my mind that a traumatic event can make the world stand still. But how we view the world after  the dust clears and our shock dissipates is what divides the pessimists from the optimists; the stuck from those ready to rebuild.

Grieving and mourning take time and no one way is "correct". Recognizing and accepting that truth might allow us to be gentle with each other instead of lashing out and cementing  the dysfunction that so clearly grips our nation. The different political views could be mirroring different ways of grieving or be, more simply, a sign that some are further down the road in their journey to heal. Maybe we just need to hold the "other" in the light of love and give them reassurance that, even though they deny it, all will be well.

Just a thought.

Vendala Rose. Digital photograph. 2011

-karen anne


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