Welcome to Studio Saturday! Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you’ll leave comments! As an incentive we offer a free prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard. The following week we choose a random winner.
This week’s winner is Andi! Please send your postal address to the ABS Suggestion Box and Cindy will send you her glass chain links!
Welcome to the Humblebeads Studio this holiday weekend! And what have I been up to? Why following whims and trends from my favorite shopping site, Etsy. They had a great front page this week with all these beautiful tree bark items. And there was a word in one of the listing that caught my attention, faux bois. Oh, what’s faux bois? So I did what every self-respecting online addict does, I googled it. Which led me to this post from 2006. So maybe not so trendy, maybe more of a classic at this point!
I wrested with it for a few minutes. Is it selling out if I make some faux bois beads? Am I just following trends and what’s popular? And then I remembered, duh, I wrote up a bark bead tutorial back in 2004. I was totally ahead of the game. I pulled out my instructions and did an updated version. So ta-dah, it’s faux bois in the studio. I thought they would be a good match for my little bird beads, they need a tree to call home!
The question this week: I know most of you follow to the beat of your own drummer, this is the ART bead scene after all. But do you find yourself being influenced by trends in the bead and fashion world? Do you struggle with it or do you say hey, that speaks to me I’m going to do my own version? Is trendy a dirty word or a spring board for your own creativity?Leave a comment to this week’s question and you could win one of these faux bois beads.