Sunday, 12 June 2011

Full Circle?

Way back in the mists of time, I studied art, and had hopes of becoming an illustrator.  Life got in the way and that dream went by the wayside - not a bad thing, probably, as I really didn't have sufficient talent!  I barely picked up a pencil for years (apart from the obsessive doodling I simply cannot curb when I'm on the phone - woe betide any box, flyer or scrap of paper that gets in my way then!).  ANYWAY (stop rambling, woman!), it was only a few years back that my creative side surfaced again when I began to get into making jewellery.  From stringing, I progressed to wire, and that led to my ongoing series of Picture Pendants.  (See the latest below - called Wayside, for more than one reason.)

Where is this going? I hear you ask.  Bear with me, there is a point!  And the point is that, after so many years of my drawing drought, the picture pendants seem to have brought me full circle.  The pendants are mostly inspired by nature, and I've been enjoying creating flowers and leaves from wire so much, it's spurred me into picking up the pencils and pens and actually applying them to paper (as opposed to old newspapers, shoe boxes, takeaway menus - you get the gist).  So all those people who are now getting hand-drawn cards from me have the wire to thank (or blame).

I just think it's funny how firstly, you can't suppress the creative urge completely - it will always find an outlet, and secondly, one interest leads to another in a natural progression, even if you end up right back where you started. :)

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