Friday, May 13, 2011

Blue Daisies


The May 2011 issue of Bead Trends arrived on my doorstep yesterday. My mind drew a blank as to which project was scheduled to appear in this particular issue. It wasn't until I flipped through the pages that I stumbled upon my Blue Daisies project on pages 78 and 79.


This necklace is the companion piece to my earrings that were featured in the Earrings, Earrings, Earrings book (below) by Barb Switzer. The photographer for Bead Trends did a wonderful job photographing my necklace.




I particularly like the story that Tatia Meyer, editor of Bead Trends, tells about a designer who was discouraged by a jewelry instructor. The instructor said that no magazine would want the student's work. Well, it turns out that this student's work is published in this issue of Bead Trends.

I can't believe there are people who would act in such a childish way, especially a teacher.  I had a similar experience when I was seeking to learn metalwork many, many years ago. I approached a metalsmith at a local arts festival, and I asked her where she learned how to design jewelry. In a very nasty tone, she replied, "From the school of hard knocks."

Little did this woman know that her answer drove me even more to find a metalsmith instructor, which I did. A year later I saw that same woman at my very first craft festival. It turns out she couldn't take the competition from a young girl who had the same skills, and she actually picked a fight with me at the festival. Back in the day, there weren't many metalsmiths, and I think she was intimidated. Yes, there are definitely nuts out there.

8 comments:

One Kiss Creations Beaded Jewelry said...

so much to catch up on! love this post!!! congrats on the Bead Trends---you deserve it time and time again.

Breana said...

So cute! Congrats on being published - that is great!
Breana

art2cee2 said...

First off, let me say congratulations on your current publications! I love the daisies. Secondly, there are people out there that are jealous of others, I say just ignore them. Thirdly, just about anyone who is skilled in something has been told at one time or another they had no skill. Writers are told they cannot write, singers are told they cannot sing. It is that very thing that makes them successful as they try to prove the naysayers wrong. You have both talent and compassion for others...I am glad to count you as one of my blogger buddies! :-)

Liz Revit said...

Thank you, ladies. You're much too kind!

Sally said...

Congratulations!!! Beautiful work!!

I have to tell you that if it wasn't for your fantastic ability to teach wireworking I may not have the love I have for wire and metal. THANK YOU for your awesome skills and for sharing those skills with me so I could take what I learned and make it my own!!

I'm glad you don't listen to negative people!! :)

Unusual Girl Studios said...

She picked a fight with you? How very small of her! I believe in mentoring and sharing my talent. You know- pay it forward, everyone has something to give you even if its just a thank you.....
Anyhow- love the blue daisies!

judyvandy84 said...

How well I remember doing this one...necklace only, not the earrings! Thanks for your patience.

It's such a pity that some people need to stomp on others to make themselves feel worthwhile. Looks like it just put your roots down a bit deeper so you could blossom out stronger!

Shelley Whiting said...

Wow your jewelry is very elegant and lovely. Beautiful work.