Poll: Yay or Nay?

Every night before shutting down the torch I’m trying a couple of new bead ideas. Nothing elaborate and those beads are never “perfect” – mostly they are tests of new color combinations or quick proofs of concept. Today I’m showing the two humble beads that I made yesterday night (please bear with me, the bead holes are a catastrophe and so are the silver colors).

My mom got a postcard this week with some abstract flowers on it. Very striking. And obviously also inspirational, because these are my two “end of day” experimental beads:

Obviously I’m not good at all with stringer control (chicken & eggย situation), but that could be remedied with practice practice practice. And while struggling with the stringer I burned the silver color base to a lovely shade of mud. Also this is of course pretty much only a very raw idea that needs hours and hours of refinement.ย But I love the general concept, the idea of it and would love to explore it a bit more.

What do you think: abstract flowers with silver color … yay or nay?
Worth putting hours and hours of practice into it or has it been done to death and better leave it alone?
Would love to hear your opinion!

Obviously fine stringer work in this direction has been done to bits and pieces (think of all the amazing beads by Michou Anderson, Astrid Riedel and especially Anastasia). So nothing new here, and I’m a bit concerned about the whole “copying” issue … not to say that my work can in any way compare with those amazingly talented bead artists.

On a sidenote, related to this: I’m wondering sometimes about how damaged we as artists are already by the whole copying discussion. I used a thin black stringer, and am already concerned that somebody could attack me online and suspect that I’m copying. Isn’t that pretty sad?

Hope to hear some feedback. Thanks,

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14 responses to “Poll: Yay or Nay?

  1. I love them Judith. I wouldn’t worry about the copying issue. Afterall…someone did it before them. Your beads will be unique to your style and interpretation of this design. I say…go for it!

  2. I like the beads (both of them) and they aren’t like any I’ve seen (remote cousins, maybe). As to the copying thing, where do you draw the line … can’t make round beads, can’t use black stringer, can’t do this, can’t do that … someone else has already done it. It gets ridiculous. My attitude (and Cheryl’s) when someone asks if they can copy is to say, “Go ahead; good luck.”. One person I asked if I could use her idea answered, “Sure … just make it your own”. And then there are really accomplished people like Andrea who give a free demo. I’ll likely never replicate her Moth Wing bead but I am having fun with the technique. So, I say, if you like what you’ve experimented with and posted here, go for it.

  3. Definitely yay! They are very unique and you have made them your own. I for one love the abstract feel to them. Nice job!

  4. Judith I think they’re awesome! And I wouldn’t worry- these are all you, very cool ๐Ÿ™‚ A tip for the fine stringer that I use all the time? Pull black filigrana thin, you’ll get hair thin lines!

  5. *THUD* Judith Billig and flower beads in the same sentence?!? Something I thought I’d never see in my lifetime?!? LOL But seriously, I think you’re on a great track and can’t wait to see how you refine your designs! I can totally relate to the not wanting to appear as if you’re copying another artist, but I’m sure you’ll come up with little things that will give your beads that extra little “Judith” touch! *รœ*

  6. Amy – what a great tip with the filigrana. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚
    I used Hades and pulled it into hair thin stringers. And as these are my first attempts (never been into stringers at all), I had a hard time. Will definitely give black filigrana a try.

  7. Hahahaha Lori! You know my feeling about flower beads all too well. Judith & flowers just don’t go hand in hand! And I knew that you would pick up on it ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for the encouragement & hugs

  8. i think it’s a concept worth exploring judith, you never know where the “r&d” may lead you ๐Ÿ˜‰ and it may not be flowers at all in the end ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. I think it’s a fun idea … go with what ever inspires you! I look forward to seeing your end of the day beads. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. I like ’em, and don’t think they are a copy of anyone’s work that I’ve seen (except maybe the postcard :)). Go with it!

  11. I think they are great, and pooh to the copying thing, this is development, which is what all artists do, and there has to be a starting point. My only observation is that I find it more difficult to assess the bead itself due to the reflection in the glass below, as it kind of doubles the depth. I really like the colourings.

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