Meet Meagan, a person I met on SwapSity. Meagan knows how to say just enough and leaves you wanting more. Without giving anything away I can tell you I benefited when Meagan recently reduced her glass beads ‘stash’. As soon as I can I’ll be making some glass bead artisan jewellery.
H: Who are you in your ‘real’ life?
M: Good question! My real life is a work in progress. All I can say is that I am interested in tons of different things.
H: What is the first thing you can remember making by hand? How and why did you make it? Do you still have it?
M: I remember making cloud nametag pins with my mom when I was a kid. She’s a big crafter of all sorts of things. I think she still has the pins in her house womewhere.
H: Describe your work area: what is the best thing and the worst thing about your space?
M: I work at my desk. I like to be able to look at my computer because I’m still learning some of the finer aspects of making prayer beads and I use lots of tutorials and pictures for inspiration. I have one of those slide out keyboard trays and my bead cloth is on that. It’s a good use of the space, although I wish the lighting were a little better.
H: What is your medium of choice?
M: I’m a beader. I used to make fashion jewellery and I’m starting to make prayer beads now.
H: What are your favourite materials?
M: I love natural materials. I’ve always been drawn to simple, functional things that are close to nature. The less polished the better! It is my dream to learn to whittle my own wooden beads.
H: What inspires you? Where do your ideas come from? Do your other interests play a part in your designs?
M: I often get ideas just from seeing interesting shapes and colours in my daily travels. I am a very spiritual person.
H: For whom do you do your designs?
M: I think I mostly design for myself. I give a lot of my work away as gifts.
There you go! Didn’t I say she is interesting! Meagan and I ‘swapped’ her beads for my money. I’d be lying to say these beads are nice: they’re great!
Thanks, Meagan, for this interview. While your answers got me to a-thinking so I hope you found yourself happily reminiscing.
I am so happy that Meagan sent her answer to a follow up question I had.
H: What influenced your change of focus?
M: I guess I decided to start with prayer beads because spirituality is becoming more and more important to me. To be honest I liked making jewellery but not so much wearing it, so this is something I can also use myself.
Good or bad, Life is Growth. When we stop growing is the day we die. Some change is easy but it is the hard to accept change that builds our character.