Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Drift - Bead Journal Project February 2012

My rune stone for February is "Drift".

The idea of drifting is frequently considered to be negative in our society; we are expected to be focused and marching forward toward a goal. "Going with the flow" or allowing ourselves to be carried in directions by outside forces is thought to be a sign of weakness.

But drifting (in moderation) can be positive - we are transformed by our encounters with the random.

I have used a piece of driftwood, collected on the beach,  as a cabochon. I've found myself using driftwood in my work frequently - it's quite light weight for it's size. I've even used driftwood as a both sides of a functional clasp. I'm currently working on a very large piece that will include a piece of wood 8 1/2 foot long!

Driftwood frequently shows strong grain lines and I used beads in several shades to show these lines.

My "Drift" runestone is still afloat in beaded water; on the very bottom, the stone can still be viewed.

Once in awhile, allow yourself some drift - be carried by outside forces and see where it takes you!


  1. I love your idea of 'found' rune stones. Your January one was so pure and simple and beautiful. This one has the same charm. I wonder what you will find in March?? Mackinac Island looks an amazing place to get inspiration from.

  2. Great post and loveley beaded rune stone!

  3. I never would have thought of beading driftwood. I think what you have created is very inspirational and your post is very nice.

  4. I love that your design is rustic and refined at the same time, and that you integrate your surroundings into your art. I hope we will get to see the 8 foot piece!

  5. This is a stunning piece! I like your thought about drifting in moderation.
    Marty S
    Crackpot Beader

  6. Very thoughtful post. I really liked the concept of the blue on the bottom so the piece can continue to drift.

  7. Love the idea of using driftwood in your beading. I love Mackinac island an have been there many, many, many, times.

  8. Hi again Kelly
    I've just enjoyed your portfolio. I especially like your caterpillar, but I would love to know more about your giant tortoise/turtle and see it in more detail if possible. I'm also curious to know its story please.

  9. very cool! I like the fact that it is "looking" at me!)

  10. Thanks so much for all your kind comments - I really appreciate the feedback!

    aprilZ - more info posted soon.