Using forgotten objects in your beading and jewelery is an art! That’s my opinion, and I’m sticking to it!
Of course, I wouldn’t dare to suggest that you just use forgotten objects, but it certainly is fun trying to combine them with new stones, chains and findings from BeadFX. I’ve been doing that for years! Resin, intuitive bead embroidery, then more recently with fabric collage, slow stitch, and Stitch Meditations. But what about talismans?
I love forgotten objects, found objects, organic elements, pre-owned, pre-loved, and vintage. Fabric dyed with rust, is a real treat, yet I’m still tempted by boiled and dyed paper, printed with plant material. I haven’t tried eco-dying fabric yet, but I’m sure that’s yet to come! I have been known to beg, borrow, or steal some of these things, and even I’m surprised at how successful I am at it. The begging, and borrowing, of course. Honest, not the stealing!!
I purchased a book called “The Art of Forgotten Things” a few years back. It was written by Melanie Doerman and has some great ideas for creating jewelry from objects with a past. Pendants, charm bracelets, and talisman type necklaces are perfect for showing off forgotten objects. But let’s not forget books, journals, purses, and bags!
What is a forgotten object? I guess it depends on what you like to collect! I would include buttons, watch cases, skeleton keys, beach glass, tiny bottles, small stones, and fabric. But then again, what about marbles, paper, maps, driftwood, dice, medals, doll parts, shells, crystal, and lace? Old jewelery is a given, yet almost needs its own category. I love to include old rhinestone earrings in my bead embroidery, but some of the pins and pendants, are just too large! One of these days, I’ll make a collage out of the leftover bits and pieces. That will clear up some of the clutter, without jeopardizing the integrity of my bead embroidery!
Combining forgotten objects into a cohesive piece of jewelery is a delicate balancing act! Too little, and it doesn’t look right! Too much, and it might smack of gaudiness! I guess if I were to choose, I would go with over-the-top, with a touch of natural stones! They’re the perfect solution for blending the old, with the new. But throw in a little sari silk, and your jewelery practically makes itself!
Susan Lenart Kazmer – one of my favourite pieces! Imagine collecting all of those pencils!
I enjoy the forgotten objects experience, so you can expect to see more of it from me in the future. But don’t worry, I promise to show my results!