Laughter and just another necklace

My gorgeous sister started a bit of a tradition with a card she sent me in Nepal years ago (and I apologise for the quality of the photo but I have not been able to track down a better image). This card was for the first birthday I had after leaving a lot of secure stuff- casting off from the shore so to speak…leaving my job-my profession, taking off to Nepal and declaring I wanted to be an artist.  Inside she wrote (in that fabulously loving and perceptive way that sisters can) who else but you could swan around with such purpose but no actual JOB! And the funny card thing started!

Another very apt card came from Pick ‘n’ Z who lived in the flat below us in Nepal. ( Can I just say  that Z’s jewellery wearing increased markedly after a few years under me. So to speak.) On the card are very wise words really.

And this Christmas, my bahini (little sister) showed again her great skills in finding the perfect card.  I have looooong been a fan of Cecily, the creation of Celia Allison from NZ.  This year Susan gave me a Cecily calendar and a card with this Cecily print, which is so apt for my life over the past few years that it is frightening!  Cecily is magnificent and every month’s new page will be a joy.  And look, rather than try to cram a million Cecily prints and quotes into one already busy post, maybe I will post one a month in the blog next year and share the lurve and laughter. Sounds like a resolution I could keep. YES I WILL! Wonderful Robin Hill at Flourish Arts in Birchgrove is a die-hard Cecily fan (even wears her glasses) and she stocks lots of Cecily paraphernalia there.  In Albury, Sally, another fan, has them here.

And, #52….gosh, there is a weird feeling associated with the final necklace for 2012.  The process has been a fantastic discipline…giving me the motivation to have a go and the incentive to be a bit more disciplined than I might have been.  And it is interesting looking at the necklaces made over the year.  People may see links to the journey this year has been: reminders about the fragility of life and the temporal nature of our existence, acknowledgement of the things that are important or the characteristics I strive to develop; an urge to celebrate the people around me and the fact that I have woken up for another day and have the capacity (functional hands, functional eyes, ideas, time, passion) to even make another necklace; my regular forays to Nepal;the massive impact of the being with the Samunnat ladies; explorations of new techniques and ideas; rediscoveries of old bits and pieces, rejigging things that haven’t worked, adapting designs to what I had…a year measured with mala (necklaces).  Many of the necklaces will hang in my exhibition in August 2013 (breathe Wendy, breathe) and some have gone to the people they were made for.  Or the people it became obvious that they were made for.  Others may be rejigged!  It’s been fun.  You have to laugh.

While I am sitting here feeling reflective, I’ve had a thought…anyone who posts a comment after this post about which of the 52 necklaces they’d nominate for their necklace of the year will go into the draw for something!  Maybe the first necklace of 2013!!!  And I leave with with a small photo of all the beads I wore home from Nepal as part of load shedding…part of my attempt at nonchalantly carrying my cabin baggage.

18 thoughts on “Laughter and just another necklace

  1. Anne

    How could one choose A particular necklace?I have loved and admired so many. I especially like the pinky,purpley, bluey tones. Is there going to be the book, “52 Necklaces”? I am sure there is a story for each one. Anne

    1. wendy Post author

      Hello lovely Anne! Will be emailing you soon. There may be some book involvement but not my own! And you are in the draw! Hugs, Wendy

  2. Cathy

    #36 of course! 10 Cs. My way to honour winter this year- you know why. Also it pays respect to your beautiful Mum. love Cath XX Ps- congratulations! you did it!!

  3. Wendy Cole

    Loved the Neil quote Wendy – and I need to sit and stare at it so that it is marked indelibly in my mind!!
    And the cards certainly remind me of an era very familiar to me.
    And the necklaces just keep being more wondrous and amazing!!
    Love, Wendy

    1. wendy Post author

      I am going to write it out Wendy C and put it somewhere I will see it often. I will send the link to some more cards. Cheers, Wendy M

  4. Shell

    Which one?? That is so hard Wendy!
    Number 46 – the lovely ‘stones’ necklace is the winner for me. Love those organic shapes!

    1. wendy Post author

      Would you believe I had necklace ideas while driving? Handy to have Mal and Paper53 to get them down. Lovely to have you here bloss. Wendy

  5. Ruby

    hi Wendy
    i loved number 40,
    because it had a mermaid on it
    and because it is my favourite colour, blue,
    and because it was made of lots of little beads
    and one big bead.
    that is the coolest neck- lace in the world!!!!!!!!!!
    love from Ruby Xxxx

    1. wendy Post author

      Ruby, I think this mermaid looks a little bit like you! And you look a bit like a mermaid when you are splashing and swimming and diving in your lovely cool pool. Thank you so much for telling me your favourite necklace. Love you, Wendy

  6. Bek

    So, I revisited all 52 necklaces (what a year!) and culled them to 3: #10 (bosoms and panache), #42 (spices), #46 (secret stones). I made my decision based on which I thought I would be most likely to wear. And #42 it is. Lovely and simple with a bit of spice. Amazing years’ work mum. Xx

    1. Wendy

      Well, I’ll take this into account should you win the draw! Thanks for such athoughtful perusal of options! BTW, your skirt could be the inspiration for another necklace!!! Hugs, Mum

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  8. Angie

    Hi Wendy, your work is beautiful and hard to pick a favourite. But I think no. 52 – the year I was born is gorgeous, simple but stunning. Xxx Angie.

  9. EmilyClare

    Hello dear Wendy, I am pretty late in entering… but I love #52 best; the blend of bone, turquoise and garnet hues, simple, smooth beads – simple and comforting and beautiful, I want to run my fingertips along it and hum! You are such a dear soul, I love reading your words about the process of making, culling, packing, dreaming… I think this year will be a wonderful one! xx

    1. wendy Post author

      Not late at all as I am waiting until the end of the month to do the draw! And I am delightyed to hear from you (twice!) I think we share a propensity to write about making, culling, packing, dreaming. Especially the packing of late! Some more ahead for you in the not too distant future I think! Hugs to you all and especially wee Reu.

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