Talismans, bead jewelry & artifacts are premiering for this year’s  Open Studio, first weekend in November. I’m excited to reveal what I’ve been creating this summer, revisiting my life-long love of beads. I consider  these Talismans to be 3-D collage, a layering of materials held together with cord, instead of glue. It is an honor to handle the beads in my collection- ancient, antique, vintage, handmade, semi-precious stone and just plain pretty new ones. They are  assembled together into power objects, Talismans, to adorn your body or the wall of your cozy home.

"Talisman for Strength", Indus Valley Bactrian Glass 350 BC, Antique Venetian Beads

“Talisman for Strength”, Indus Valley Bactrian Glass 350 BC, Antique Venetian Beads

 

"Talisman for the Earth", Djenne Hand Carved Agate and Quartz 900 AD, Djenne Nila Glass 1000AD

“Talisman for the Earth”, Djenne Hand Carved Agate and Quartz 900 AD, Djenne Nila Glass 1000 AD

In my next posts, I’ll be writing more information about beads and the people who have been an inspiration. The more one learns about these exquisite tiny works of art, the more one understands why they have always been traded as currency. The value is with their beauty, power and skill required to create them.

"Talisman for Tibet", detail, Antique turquoise, copper leaf

“Talisman for Tibet”, detail, Antique turquoise, copper leaf, mica, Amazonite, pearl, grapevine, copper

Please tell me about your collection!

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