I started making earrings when I was about 15 yrs old. Being a shy teenager, I was always immersed in some form of artistic creativity.
There was a bead store in Saratoga, CA, that my friends and I frequented: Tasso’s. It is no longer there, but it was a source of amazing inspiration and we would hitchhike up there from Sunnyvale and Cupertino and buy a handful of beads, just to make a few items that we could keep or share with each other.
Lately, I have been creating with beads again and these are a few of my designs and ideas. I really try to get my inspiration from colors around me in the mountains here and strive to do something that is different from all the others, however it is a huge world full of like minds and sometimes, those minds meld and create the same type of items.
I do find comfort in the simple fact, if I create a set or anything, that the idea did come from my mind and not the concept of someone else. I was bending wire and making little scroll designs, long before the massive publications came out displaying them prominently. I painted beads, embroidered with beads and just created what I felt made me or someone else smile.
I have several, Facebook, sites, that display my work. https://www.facebook.com/CaliWildVioletDesigns?ref=hl
Beads and Fabric: Designed by commission for a friend, The DragonFly Messenger Bag, front Panel.
More Earrings from, Cali Wild Violet Creations.
I will be adding to this blog with additional creations. I read a very good blog this morning about those who copy other individuals work, so I know that some of these might be copied. I do not say this with the attitude, that I am so incredible. I am not incredible, I am however talented at what I do and it is because I have educated myself in ways that add to producing my concept in artistic mediums. When it is blatantly obvious that your methods and designs are playing a part in other individuals creations, one stops to think about the values of a pleasant courtesy question: Do you mind if? or a pleasant acknowledgement: I was inspired by what you did…Unfortunately, I live in the real world, where those little courtesies are left in the ditch on the side of the road.
I always tell someone if they inspired me. I also ask if they mind, if something I do is incorporated into a design. I am not perfect. I am not a saint or angel, but I have a history with my artistic abilities, connections, explorations, delight in another individual’s ideas and simple respect and courtesy.