I'm two weeks late, but my November bead journal piece is finally done (Sorry for the time warp Eliza...it really is December!). I was using the excuse that I had set up the blog for BJP 2013. But really I was just in a beading slump and couldn't seem to get motivated to get this piece going. I finally started it a few days ago and made it my only focus when I needed art time (which is really all the time) and so I got it done rather quickly. I can't believe there's only one more piece to go and this spiral will be finished. I can't wait to see it done and mounted and ready to hang!
This November piece is about a journey I'm taking right now (another reason it's been hard to stay focused on my art). Engraved on the back of the silver hand centrepiece is the word "healing". The three large triangles represent very personal struggles and the red Chinese knots have a dual meaning. On the one hand, they represent the literal idea of a knot, to be struggled with and untied. The other meaning, taken from the Chinese culture and story behind these knots is one of harmony and peace which I seek on this journey of healing.
As has been the case with all of the BJP 2012 pieces, the colour palette comes from Vicki Welsh and her Colour Palette challenge.
Here is the spiral showing all of the pieces from January through November:
I've already started planning my BJP for 2013. I've got my plan pretty well sketched out in my head and a little of it on paper. It's going to be a challenge to pull it off, and I'm still not totally sure if it will work, so that's all I want to say about it for now. I'll explain my plan when I reveal the first piece in January because by that time I'll have figured out if it will work or not.