Our art studio in rural Mexico in the evening is a magical place. Cool mountain air falls over the work tables through the windows along with the loud chorus of crickets and, in the mercifully far distance, dogs get their bark on. The scent of roses lends a heady, dreamy note to the evening.
We arrived in Mexico 2 weeks ago, toting two extra suitcases of art materials and studio tools. I spent a good portion of last week organizing my materials and especially sorting the beads. Taking stock this way puts the palette of available stuff freshly into my head and feels very inspiring.
This table is covered in beads for the mandala project. This is part of the collection that we have gathered on our world travels over the last 15 years and every bead tells a story. The art studio is set up and I look forward to many happy hours over the next few months pouring all these stories into the new mandalas, one stitch and one bead at a time.
Sorting the Beads
Beads are always being sorted in the art studio because beads are always coming together for test palettes. The sorting feels therapeutic, as if the brain itself is becoming less tangled.
Above, beads are being sorted.
Below, what it looks like when the beads are being “un-sorted”: a jumble of colors and textures on one of the trays shows a palette of materials being considered for the next mandala. Blues, reds, and metallics create a rich feel with citron yellow for contrast.