Monday, August 10, 2009

The Talisman: Hope Earrings Properly

"Meh," she said tiredly. Shoulders slumped, arms curled around her drawn-up knees, she was the perfect dictionary definition of 'dejected' and 'discouraged'.

He touched her shoulder lightly as he settled down to sit beside her. "It'll pass. Trust me. Might take a little time, but you'll get through this. You're tough. And I'm here for you, whenever you need me."

She gave him a sidelong glance. "Promise?"

He took her hand and squeezed it reassuringly. "Promise."

Talisman: Hope Earrings: 20ga and 28ga artistic wire, stainless steel balled headpins, antique blue glass seed beads, Miyuki teardrop beads, lacquered paper on shell. RM40

The Talisman: Hope earrings grew out of a period of extreme creative dryness; it was a Marc Cohn song called 'Thunderbird' that set the mental images running and resulted in my first attempt at making word/text charms.

The colour scheme was an important part of the project: silver artistic wire for the proverbial silver lining of every cloud, blue for the lovely blue of the sky that reminds one to look up and beyond one's problems every now and again. The clear teardrop beads reminded me exactly of bubbles - fragile, iridescent, just like the beginnings of hope.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Talismans and Hope

Because today has been a strange and unusually discouraging day, it probably accounts for why this little piece insisted it be named Hope. I finished it too late to take any good pictures, and since I'm going outstation to help my boss teach tomorrow, this will have to do for now until Friday:

I've been toying all afternoon with the idea of Talisman Earrings like this - little word-or-text charms incorporated that encourage or at least give food for thought. I think...well, what do you think? (I'm an English graduate, among other things. The written word is as voluptuous as chocolate to me, so my opinions are necessarily biased.)

Whee! Maybe this is a sign that my creativity is finding its way back.