Tuesday, May 3, 2011

From The Archives

This is the first post in a semi regular series where I will explore some of my older pieces. It is appropriate that the first piece that I share with you, be the first piece that I ever sold.

I started out doing wire work as a hobby and a way to wrap some of the glass pieces that I was making. It soon became a vice and I was wrapping everything I could find. Few things were (or are) out of bounds. This fragment, once a lowly piece of washed up shell, became a pendant for a woman who loved my work and really wanted a piece to take to her home across the country. I loved making it! It was one of the first times that I added beads (pearls, in this case). I love the swirls in the shell and how the wires follow them. I still really like this piece.

Thank goodness I had the frame of mind to get a quick picture of this because when the woman was at the airport preparing to leave, this pendant was stolen from her baggage!! I felt so bad for her and offered to do another similar one, but this one was special to her and couldn't be duplicated. As bad as I felt, I also felt a strange pride that someone actually wanted to steal a pendant that I had made from a piece of broken shell. Does that make me a bad person? I still feel a little guilty for feeling that way and it was over 10 years ago. (I think I made this in 2000 or 1999.)

Yeah, about the picture... I had a real cheap camera, the best I could afford then, and the macro capabilities were terrible. I tried and tried to get the best pictures from that camera!! Of course, I also know a little more about photography than I did then, too. But, I am very happy to have the picture and I'm glad I saved it. I look at this and I am reminded of how far I have come.

Being able to look back and see how far your work has progressed is very encouraging on those days when nothing comes out right. I encourage everyone to keep a good photographic record of their work. Sadly, I have a gap in time where one of my kids over wrote a cd that I had some pictures stored on. But, I didn't loose too many and learned valuable lessons in both storage and the importance of the old photos.

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