Playing in the World of Beads, Wire and More

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

OOAK Earrings by Cali Wild Violet Creations

OOAK Earrings by Cali Wild Violet Creations

OOAK Earrings by Cali Wild Violet Creations

OOAK Earrings by Cali Wild Violet Creations

OOAK Earrings from Cali Wild Violet Creations

OOAK Earrings from Cali Wild Violet Creations

OOAK Earrings and Bracelet from Cali Wild Violet Creations

OOAK Earrings and Bracelet from Cali Wild Violet Creations

OOAK bangles from Cali WIld Violet Creations

OOAK bangles from Cali WIld Violet Creations

OOAK Set from Cali Wild Violet Creations

OOAK Set from Cali Wild Violet Creations

OOAK Bangles from Cali Wild Violet Creations

OOAK Bangles from Cali Wild Violet Creations

OOAK set from CWVC

OOAK set from CWVC

OOAK from CWVC

OOAK from CWVC

OOAK from CWVC

OOAK from CWVC

Beads and Fabric: Designed by commission for a friend, The DragonFly Messenger Bag, front Panel.

This photo is prior to completion and is the front panel of a messenger bag.

This photo is prior to completion and is the front panel of a messenger bag.

More Earrings from, Cali Wild Violet Creations.

OOAK from Cali Wild Violet Creations

OOAK from Cali Wild Violet Creations

Ornamental Item from CWVC

Ornamental Item from CWVC

OOAK from Cali Wild Violet Creations

OOAK from Cali Wild Violet Creations

OOAK Design by Cali Wild Violet Creations

OOAK Design by Cali Wild Violet Creations

OOAK by Cali Wild Violet Creations

OOAK by Cali Wild Violet Creations

Fun OOAK by CWVC

Fun OOAK by CWVC

OOAK using rough gems, by CWVC

OOAK using rough gems, by CWVC

OOAK from Cali Wild Violet Creations

OOAK from Cali Wild Violet Creations

All OOAK designed by Cali Wild Violet Creations.

All OOAK designed by Cali Wild Violet Creations.

Note the Beaded Loops, OOAK

Note the Beaded Loops, OOAK

Cali Wild Violet Creations ...Design

Cali Wild Violet Creations …Design

OOAK by CWVC

OOAK by CWVC

OOAK design by Cali Wild Violet Creations

OOAK design by Cali Wild Violet Creations

OOAK from Cali Wild Violet Creations

OOAK from Cali Wild Violet Creations

OOAK by Cali Wild Violet Creations

OOAK by 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.

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