Thursday, August 21, 2014

Crime and Punishment, and what I got out of it all

 I have given a complete account of how "Crime" came to be two posts ago, but here is a picture to refresh our memory.  Lucky me, Crime took home third place in the Swarovski category from BeadDreams. Woohoo, did not see that coming, and I could not be happier about it. 

I had an extremely hard time  making Crime, and no doubt it was due the the very personal nature of the piece: it made me face my demons and fears. Compared to Crime, Punishment was a cakewalk.
 "Punishment" was made for the Battle of the Beadsmith. As a competition piece, it was a complete flop, got kicked off sooner from the battle than either one of my two previous pieces,in the second round. But just like I did not cry myself to sleep the past two years, I did not feel the need for that this time either.
Once again, I want to remind anyone who might be reading this, who much like me likes to enter competitions, that your self worth and respect ought not to be wrapped up in the outcome of any of these events. You win some, loose some. It's awfuly subjective to judge art, especially from pictures. And  Punishment  is smaller then Crime and was not winning material to begin with. What it was, was therapy. What it was, was a dead bird hanging from two grinning fishies' mouth  It set my mind and soul at ease, and it made all the emotional silage that Crime has stirred up before, settle down in peace.

 If Crime was  terrible labor, Punishment really was a cakewalk. It came together painlessly and was done in no time. Maybe time just flew more. Now, why is that? Well, with Crime, I was the fish in the claws of the mythical monsters of my past. With Punishment, the fish, and now there are two of them,( interpret that as you may) slay the monster for good. Yes. This necklace is of a dead monster and two weird fishies killing it. Entirely not a winning competition piece, and completely, utterly freeing on a personal level.
 At the end of the day, Punishment is the one I glance at with love as I type these words, and Crime  I carefully study. Crime definitely has more intense details and I can see why the judges liked it. But I can't wait to see it go and leave my house. And it will, because it's already found a new home, and good riddance to it. I definitely won't miss it. I might keep Punishment around a little longer though. Makes me happy looking at the dead Kókó dangling from the mouth of the happy little fishies. 

 If you are reading this and you aren't convinced that I am a nutcase, then you might just agree that any kind of art oftentimes comes from the darkest places and pulling it out little by little is like pulling thorns from under nails or draining poison from a snake bite. Not everything one makes has to be dark, but art can be the best therapy there is, and oftentimes the most amusing things we create, and  most cheerful things we can give as artists, come from some deep dark places. I exorcised my demons and conquered them by making this piece, and  it's entirely inconsequential that one got some serious acknowledgement for being awesome, and one fell short.
Unlike with years of psychotherapy , the results of beady therapy can be sold  at the end of the session,and they can bring joy to others as well. Any therapy has it's place of course and I am not discouraging anyone from participating in any other sort of therapy, but if you are a beader, you know that creating with beads is good for the soul and can  soothe all sorts of aches.
That's all there is to it. I guess I had to sit on this  for a couple months to be able to put it this way. But that's all there is to it.
Thank you Anna Alford for bringing my creations to life.


  1. Kinga, I liked reading your post, but I'd like to see your comment 'it was a complete flop, got kicked off sooner from the battle than either one of my two previous pieces' amended. This was my first year in the Battle and I too, did something from my heart to express deep feelings I had. I never made it past Round 1, but then I never expected to go on. I don't feel my piece, or yours either, were 'flops.' I received so many nice posts on my piece, and so many kind PMs...I am over the moon with joy with the responses. You too must have had a similar experience...WE ARE ALL WINNERS!!! (Rant over <3)

    1. Thank you for your input! I am not amending the post according to your suggestion, because it reflects the way I feel about the general public outcome of the situation. But that should be no reflection on you and your work. Lots of really good stuff got booted in the first round, I am not judging anyone, or anyone's work at all. I am just voicing the way I feel about my own achievements, as in success measured by standards of different competitions, and how it does not much make a difference in how I feel about what I make.

  2. I read this to myself and completely understand :) hugs to you, my friend.

  3. Well, I love them both! They're really different to anything else I've seen recently and I love the stories behind them. And to be honest, whilst I hesitate to be critical, Battle of the Beadsmith this year is leaving me pretty cold: all of the most original and interesting work got kicked off already - there are only two pieces that excite me left, the rest: meh. I'm not even going to bother voting for the next round :/

  4. Kinga, you kick butt...your own and other people's. Amazing woman, blossoming artist - I look forward to seeing where your path takes you next. Well done. Well said. Well beaded. *hugs* CD

  5. Perfect post, Kinga! And thank you for sharing your very insightful view on competitions, art, beading and life in general!

  6. I have to echo Carol and Beki - I can't wait to see where you go next with this little obsession of ours!

  7. Exactly Kinga! Although, like others I do not see Punishment as any sort of flop. I realize you are used to moving further through BotB, but still, the piece is glorious. It is a success both technically and artistically, in addition to theraputically! And I think you are very wise not to let competitive success define you, whether successful or less so. Winning only ever depends on who else shows up and what they bring, and does not have much to do with you. I have to write a similar post and your words give me strength and perspective. You totally amaze! Bravo.

  8. I love this piece! I especially love the wearability and three
    dimensionality of it. I love the way the story continues around the body. I
    love the textures and the shapes and the beautifully finished work in
    whole. I am so glad you do not take the winning or not too seriously. You
    just cannot predict response. You just have to bead and make art from your
    heart and soul. That shines through. Fabulous!


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