"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people that have come alive." Howard Thurman
But first, let me start off this conversation by introducing myself. My name is Stacie Florer, and I have been exploring my life via jewelry fabrication for about 6 years. Exploring my life is a strange way to describe making jewelry, but I am a huge believer in using a creative craft as a vehicle to know yourself better-- to be able to drive into my passions in life using beads, wire and sheet metal as my getaway car has allowed me to visit the land of Photography, an ever changing landscape depending on my moods, and process what I learn from these visual trips via the written word.
When I first started out exploring jewelry fabrication, my only thought was that I knew I had to relieve the ache in my soul yearning to create something with my hands and my heart. I was in Seattle, WA visiting a friend of mine, and she had recently taken up beading. She took me to a big, old bead shop, the sort where there are treasures hanging from every available spot and the incense is constantly being burned. It was absolutely overwhelming to look at it all, but the vibe was such that I instantly recognized that beading was an activity that would begin to heal my soul's ache to create.
Beads are the gateway bling, for lack of a better term, into the world of jewelry fabrication. There is a bead out there that will perfectly express your feelings about yourself, your life and your interests. I was attracted to all things tribal. Bone beads, Krobo beads, trade beads, Hill Tribe Silver...there was literally a whole world of beads that allowed me to express my love of the tribal and primitive. If your bent is on antiques, there are a whole host of beads for that such as Czech glass, vintage buttons and rhinestones. Or what about glass? Lampwork beads are always going to be hot...who can resist those candy colors and fun textures? Glass lovers are usually fun and colorful too, aren't they? The beads you are attracted to are an indication of how you perceive your life and yourself. They are literally extensions of the unique and glorious you, and you can continue to go down the rabbit hole of self inquiry by exploring your world via beads.
The journey doesn't end for some of us with wire, though...next comes sheet metal. Cutting, sawing, etching, sanding and soldering are next up on the "learn to do" list. The fever to create is running high. The need for self expression gets stronger and stronger as you gain confidence. By now, you have gotten quite a bit of experience with your digital camera, and maybe are starting to photograph your life outside of jewelry. The two start to merge somewhat. At least it did for me. I started seeing my world differently. I paid attention to what I was interested in...shapes in my environment became inspiration for my metal work.
For more about living from Soul to Substance, I have a rather longish post about my own awakening here.
to learn more about stacie, you can visit her website...