Since February 2016, I have been creating something a little out of the ordinary in my studio: rosaries.
This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and finally got around to doing. The whole idea intimidated me and sometimes overwhelmed me, but one day, I just said, “Do it!”
One of the things I discovered is that it’s not as difficult as I imagined. Sure, it takes concentration, a good understanding of counting beads, and patience. These rosaries take hours to create.
I sold a good number of them so far. Being the flexible artist, I accommodated about half of those sales and created rosaries according to my customers’ wishes. One of the requests was to use 6mm bicones for the Hail Mary beads, and 8mm round Czech pressed beads for the Our Fathers. I didn’t think the size, nor the color combination, would result in an attractive piece. Yes, I was unconvinced, but as the old adage goes, the customer is always right.
I went ahead and made the rosary. Starting off, I had a lot – a lot – of trepidation. Yet, as each decade of beads grew, I started to like what my customer wanted. He had some good foresight as to what the final product would look like. Even his choice of a centerpiece – a fleur de lis – was the pièce de résistance. I couldn’t have guessed how beautiful this rosary turned out.
I like it.
That is the conundrum of artistry: order and balance is good, quirkiness is in the eye of the beholder, and create what you feel that expresses your soul.
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