The largest gem and bead show in the world – Tucson – whispered:
“Check this out!”
“Get a load of these gizmos! Fascinating.”
“Savor the moment! Relish your time here.”
“Try this. Sample that. Find out how you can apply that technique, idea, thing to what you’re doing!”
“Don’t miss X! Be sure to visit Y!”
The tote bag (pictured above) from Ayla’s Originals made me laugh aloud because it so aptly described me.
My eyes relished row after row of beaded glory in every size, color and combination of stones and complementary materials.
I breathed in the multitude of conversations, sounds, smells, and experience of each tent and room and presentation.
More than once sensory overwhelm threatened my equilibrium.
Stop. Think about what appeals to you.
Breathe. Sip water and reflect.
Chat with vendors.
Meet beading friends.
I signed up for specific classes to expand my techniques, forcing myself out of the usual comfort zone, adding more competency with leather, additional technical skill with mixed media, more proficiency with wire.
A world of color, found objects and created inspiration collided and from the chaos, wonderful ideas emerged.
After five days I’m bursting with projects ideas, notes, bags of goodies and an ache to create. The glimmer of a spring collection is on the pages of my journal.
I’ll be in the studio today, birthing some of these inspirations.
How did the Tucson Bead Show affect you?