Happy New Year to all.
I returned to the States from Mali just in time for all of the holiday hoopla that I try very hard not to get pulled into. Luckily I have my collection of beads that I brought back to keep me occupied. As I’m putting my next collection together, I’m savoring in the moment and wondering what I’m going to make. Hmmmmmm……let’s see:
The term “trade beads” comes from how the beads (Venetian millefiori and other glass beads) arrived in Africa — they among other things – were traded for slaves and other “goods.” Since most of these “traded beads” are found in Africa, they have grown to be associated with the Continent.
In any case, were I particularly like how the craftsman added sterling silver to the beads, making them into pendants. Fabulous. I’ll keep you posted on how designs for these beads take shape. In the meantime, it’s back to the studio for me.