Monday, June 28, 2010

I'm just starting this blog, so let me say a few things to start out. First of all, I don't know much of anything about blogs, so if I violate any blogger etiquette, chalk it up to ignorance and let me know I've goofed. That reminds me, I don't know if you can comment under my current setup, although I hope so, and I'll try to figure that out soon. I follow just a few blogs myself, but for some reason, I can't get the comment feature to work when I try to comment. I write a comment, give them my google account, but I just get into a loop where when I try to post the comment it asks for my profile again and the whole thing starts over. If anyone can help me with this problem, I'd appreciate it. Also, I'm a reasonable speller, but a terrible typist, so, while I try to catch typos, some are sure to get through.
Something about me and what I'm trying to do. I'm a rugweaver and a beadweaver. Rugweaving came first ( I've been doing that for 15 years or so) so my main website address is It also has some of my beadwork. I also have a shop on etsy, and since it includes beadwork and rugs ( mostly beadwork for now) I call it, like this blog. In both my rug work and my beadwork I'm heavily geometric. With the rugs, my primary emphasis is on color, and that works well because I dye my own wool. When I began doing beadweaving, I found that A. it was really fun to play with geometry in 3 dimensions instead of 2, and B. it was really irritating to be limited to the colors I could find in the marketplace, especially since the beads that would arrive in the mail never quite seemed to match the colors I had seen on my monitor. Both of those led me to sort of de-emphasize color and concentrate on form in the beadwork ( although I still like working with color there too).
In this blog, I'm hoping to talk about my work and what I'm trying to accomplish. Although I want/need to sell what I make, I' m going to try to keep away from just a sort of "Here's my newest etsy listing", or "here's where I'll be showing my work next" kind of thing. I hope I'll show the experiments that didn't come out so well in addition to the ones that worked.
Well, that's it for now. I know I have to post some pictures, do some links and all that, but that will come soon enough. I'll just say that I'm having great fun just now doing beadwork based on my current favorite I think I got that URL right; anyway it's a chemist at the U. of Taipei who uses beads to make representations of carbon nanotubes. Amazing stuff! When I cna get some pictures up I'll show you some of mine. For now, I feel like I'm talking to myself, and I'll stop for now.