Sunday, December 18, 2011
Winter Solitude bracelet
In many ways this bracelet is autobiographical. There was a winter a long time ago, when my family fell apart, and since I was the oldest child in the family, a teen at the time, I had to gather and chop firewood, so we wouldn't freeze .
You might think that was horrible, but it really isn't so.
I ended up spending a lot of time in the woods that winter, and there was a particular grove that I walked by a lot, one this bracelet is modeled after.
In the summer this small grove had a semi permanent miniature pond at it's feet, full of frogs and birds and life, and in the winter it froze up. The trees were standing there ,so exposed ,so dark, and at their feet all their summer garb froze into ice, one with the water and rocks... The background for the scenery was Central Europe's largest highland, covered in the thick winter coat of fog, impenetrable, beautiful, all accepting, like a blanket that covered my world.
Just like my solitary winter world, this bracelet only has three colors: black white and gray. One might argue, that white includes all the colors, black is the absence of them, and gray doesn't even exist, but really, that's all there is.
The texture however, gives a lot more to talk about. I used about 20-30 different kind of beads to create a pattern that matches the theme, a pattern that to me, gives back the feel of the icy peaceful solitude. Almost as if I broke the image down into it's components and put it back together and it's translated into how I see the world. Just random shapes that add up to a pleasing whole...
See, winter wonderland can be just serene, peace comes from where you find it....