Well it’s been a hit and miss summer / early autumn for making beads. On going issues with the new work space added to the general exhaustion after a house sale / move and resettlement and pretty much wiped me out really.
I have been working on new stuff when I’ve had the energy for it though … here’s a few of my newer pieces. Some of which are currently on show in a local exhibition (woo … get me!!)
Amber flower goddess
And something I don’t normally make …. CHINTZ !!!
Making and selling the badger beads has been very close to my heart. Some of you may know (and some may not, due to the blanket TV silence on the matter), that there is an awfully misguided badger cull going on, still, in Gloucestershire (The Somerset cull already ended in total fail and disaster) *supposedly* in order to eradicate bovine tb, and there are many wonderful protesters and activists out there every day and night in the cold, wet and frosty dark, getting bullied by marksmen, the police force (*cough* … allegedly) and the National Farmers Union. You only have to do a little bit of research to see that the cull is not rooted in sound science and that there really must be a better vaccination program for both cattle and badgers as a way of eradicating bovine TB (the clue is in the name)
I have made badger jewellery and donated it to fundraising auctions, and donate the proceeds from badger bead sales (when I can afford to do so) directly to activists on the ground.
Photos from an anti cull march in Derby … it was a great day and I was proud to have been there !
Keynote speaker Dominic Dyer
Anyway … political rant over with … I thought long and hard over whether to get political, but I don’t want people to think that I am just capitalising on the popularity of badgers … they need our help and I want to be able to help in my own small way x
I have some new ideas cooking away for winter beads, but until my workspace is usable (small issue with smoking flue), I shall have to stick to doodling instead.
Here are a couple more of my newer beads to be going on with
Thanks for having a read … I hope you like my new beads ?