I hope I'm not misleading you in any way--this is not about drugs, alcohol, cigarettes or any of the usual addictions. It's about my behavior. Yep, about my behavior and my personality.
How am I addicted, obsessed, and driven you ask? Oh boy, this is not an easy thing to explain.
But have no fear I will take on this challenge.
These 3 behaviors show up when I collect something. Let's talk a little about music. If I like a singer or a group I have to have just about every CD that this artist or group releases. When I was younger it was every 45, or LP, or tape now it's CDs.
Let's talk about clothing and shoes. You know the expression "if the shoes fits..." well, with me it's "if the shoe fits then I buy it in every color". Same goes for blouses, sweaters, jeans, etc.
As a teenager I read a magazine interview with Valerie Harper --you remember her, she played Rhoda on the "Mary Tyler Moore Show" and later in her own spin off show? In the interview Valerie said that one of her fashion secrets was that when she finds something that fits her well--a blouse, a pair of slacks, etc.--she buys it in every color. She'd buy lots of accessorizes so no one would realize it was same blouse that she wore just about every day in a different color. LOL, this was me she was talking about, for sure.
Let's talk a little about my "crafting" projects. As a knitter and crocheter I must have every knitting needle, every crochet hook, "oodles" of skeins of yarn in all sorts of colors and thicknesses, and lots of knitting books. And then of course everyone I know has to get a knitted or crocheted scarf or hat.
Remember macrame, the art of knot tying? Did it--had to have all kinds of cords, beads, and the instruction booklets.
Had to make friends macrame plant holders, macrame necklaces, bracelets, and wall hangings.
Then it was crewel embroidery, needlepoint, and hook rugging.
I think that every wall in my house had one of my embroidered, needle pointed, and hooked rug pictures and so did most of my friends and family.
Of course, there's more, but I really want to fast forward to the recent past. For 6 years I have been addicted, obsessed, and driven to make jewelry. This is an addiction that seems to have increased quite seriuosly and ya know, I really don't have any problem with this.
Let's talk about how this addiction has manifested itself. I collect beads of all shapes, sizes, colors, in all kinds of materials whether I need them or not. I collect all sorts of findings to use with my beads. I collect all kind of tools for every jewelry creation need. I love shopping in the bead and button district in the city (NY) and nearby areas--I am constantly surfing the web for new websites--I must check out every email that is sent to me by web sites that I have bought from.
When I began this endeavor I simply "strung" beads in different designs on wire or beading thread. Then I had to learn a little wire work--making beaded chains, and loops for hanging beads,etc. I needed to learn more so I started bead weaving with seed beads--this didn't hold my interest for too long so I moved on to more involved wire wrapping techniques. My need to learn and do more led me to filigree wrapping, setting stones, filigree layering and other vintage style techniques.
Recently I've been playing around with polymer clay. I have already bought lots of clay, books, and just about every tool to use for this technique in jewelry creation.
And, before I forget you need to that I have 5 web sites for selling my jewelry creations and vintage beads. I do house parties, holiday and craft fairs, sell out of the house to locals, and do jewelry repairs and reconstruction of vintage necklaces too.
Yes indeed "Addicted, Driven, and Obsessed" that's me. Do you agree?Now, I must ask, "does this seem to be something that is quite familiar to you too?"