Today I went to my local bookstore and wanted to purchase a beading book I had my eye on for sometime. No such luck. It wasn't at my two local beadshops or at either bookstore that sells current "best sellers" in this area. I was not seduced by the other books I picked up and considered.
Then I got to thinking...."do I need a book or do I need to experiment and see what my own creativity can come up with, using the techniques I learned in class and from other printed sources?"
I remembered that when I started making jewelry, I didn't rely on books. I did what was intuitive, organic, creative and was something I would wear, proudly, on a daily basis. My first year, I didn't care what was in style or what would sell. And it did sell.
I need to recapture that magic, and look to my surroundings and what the beads tell me....