It's way past three in the morning & I should be asleep because I need fresh eyes in order to take photographs of the bracelet for you. I've called it 'Beach'. I read a truly beautiful story before I went to sleep last night & this morning I woke up with a picture on my mind.
I've never been to the Hamptons, but I've seen the beaches in films & I'm in love with an image of driftwood, a long spread of waves & gleaming white sand. Do we have white sand in the UK?
I couldn't pull the idea out of my head & turn it into a physical presence in my hand until I alighted on the bead trays that house Beverley Hicklin's work. Beverley has caught it - captured it - summarised it in glass. My hope now is that I've done justice to her beads - this always makes me feel nervous particularly when I show the bead artist what I have done with their art.
Dear Artists, what do you feel when you hand over a bead that you have lovingly created? You give designers the opportunity to make kinetic art. What a gift to pass on to the world!
Back to the Beach. After I assembled the bracelet, I found a photograph on the net that chimed with the image in my mind. Look at this - click! Isn't it beautiful?
It's been an extraordinary day. Your support is so moving. You could be saving a life - let's hope & say 'lives'.