Contemplating A History of Beads

Do you ever think of beads as silly little things? As insignificant bits of glass that children and crafty ladies play with? Apparently that mindset is a part of my own perspective and I don't know where it came from. I realize this because when I tell people that I make jewelry, I always highlight the clay pendants while, at times, downplaying the beads.

This is sad, since the more I learn about beads, the more I see them as the tiny works of art that some of them can be. Surely like most topics, it's easy to conjure up images of "silly beads" and those that aren't of the quality I'm imagining this morning. But as I contemplate ways to make my sessions more comprehensive and more valuable, as I wrote about in this entry, I learn more and more, and I find more to value in the world of beads.

Such history! Such breadth and range of elements! Such little works of art!

While shopping in Freemont Market in Seattle a couple of weeks, ago, I found some little treasures. But one of the booths I never wrote about here was manned by a man from Ghana. Some of the beads he had were delightful and even now I'm wishing I'd purchased more. But I was trying to maintain a healthy budget so I could enjoy the rest of my trip. Nonetheless, I purchased one strand from him. I don't know what I'll do with them, but I think the creations will be glorious. But beyond that, I also want to learn more about them. About beads from his region and other areas of Africa, among other countries.

And so the next book I purchase will be The History of Beads. I'll let you know how it works out for me. And if you're reading this entry and have this book, or would like to recommend an equally comprehensive resource, I'd love to hear from you too!