I'm fiddling with beads this morning, working them into necklaces. I just pulled a batch of clay beads from the woodstove that fired last night and I love their earthiness. So it was interesting timing that there was a lovely email in my inbox this morning from a dear reader in which she said "..to work with clay from the earth is to be in tune with this beautiful planet that is going through such drastic changes."
Those words have been running through my head all morning.
I do feel a sense of connection with these simple beads. I dug the clay myself, tempered it with shells that I crushed, and fired these in my woodstove. No strip mines, no machined perfection. These little gems are imperfect and rough and utterly one of a kind. Just like nature... just like you and I.
I value the process as much as the outcome.
I think a lot of you feel this way too and it startles me when I go out into the "real" world and see the racks and racks of cheaply made (read: disposable) costume jewelry. And see the people buying up all those trinkets without a thought as to how it was made and at what cost - and I don't mean monetarily.
Me, I'll be wearing the beautiful agate my friend Lynn cut for me, the hand-dyed silk sewn into a feather by Eva, the tiny acorn from Sonia, the dried lichen garden from Margie, the macaroni necklace my boys made me (yes, I wear it), and even these beads of mine. And while I realize that even handmade goods are not made without impact, each of these pieces is gentler and carry much more meaning than anything I could find in the mall. And that matters to me.
I'm curious, what kind of trends have you noticed in your community? Have you seen a shift towards more sustainable "stuff"? How do you feel about it? Do you think it matters? Am I being a soapboxing hippie? (you don't have to answer that one)
Happy Tuesday everyone.