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Hi guys. A lot of people out here start blogs for those back home, but truth to say dA is my community, at least when it comes to artsy stuff. And damn am I missing it now.

This isn't a depressing entry, honest. It would have been a month or two ago when I was still trying to survive without beads but I think I've successfully gotten over that hump. By which I mean, I've embraced the fact that I can't continue emotionally stable without playing with beads at least in my head and I've started planning again. I have a journal that I keep sketches and project ideas in; I've come up with a couple new techniques that have really expanded the possibilities of what I can do. I am excited to begin work again, but it will be some time yet.

You know, it's funny (it's not funny, it's a little sad) how much we take our hobbies for granted. Access to our hobbies, I guess I mean. We breathe art and we don't even know it. Music, dance, artisan crafts, everything else is available to us. It may be surprising to learn that there's really very little in terms of artwork out here. Bear in mind, my experiences are limited to Zambia and Malawi, but seriously. The music is all the same, either gospel or pop songs that are nothing but beat and are relentlessly happy. The dancing looks impressive at first, but then you realize that it's all the same hip movements over and over again. There are no crafts, really, outside of the daily farming necessities. I've seen some artwork in the capital of Zambia and in the touristy parts of Malawi that was stunning, but out here in the bush there's nothing.

Anyways. What I mean is, all this was getting me down for a while. Nothing new or exciting and I was convinced I'd have to give it up myself, that I'd just go crazy designing works I'd never do. So it's been a huge relief to realize that this isn't the case and that even if I make a backlog of projects I'll never have the time to do, the act of creation is satisfying in and of itself. That keeps me sane. I'm way happier than I was a couple months ago. I will also say this: out here, among the other volunteers, I have become way more willing to classify myself as an artist. I've realized how integral it is to my conception of myself and my own happiness. I like knowing that.

There's no moral to the story except I wanted to talk about art and that means I'm talking to you guys. Don't tell my country director about this post; technically I'm not supposed to write anything bad about Zambia (I am not, after all, in the US anymore. The same assumptions about speech and the freedom thereof do not apply).

My love to you and yours. Be well. Be artistic.
  • Mood: Satisfied
  • Listening to: Sting
  • Reading: One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Watching: Robocop
  • Playing: Sudoku
  • Eating: Soya pieces
  • Drinking: Water


Intelligent and Disagreeable
Artist | Hobbyist | Artisan Crafts
United States
"I live in hope," as the poet said to the princess.

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MinkuLul Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
oh my, so many new items! Lovely gallery, your work amazes me every time!!
Nehemet Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks love :heart: I'm afraid I won't have anything new for you for a while though.
bgerr Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hi, Thank you for the fave and the nice comment. Love your work - very intricate beadwork. Have a good time in Zambia!
Nehemet Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I will do my best :)
AstridBruning Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
thanks for the :+fav::iconblueheartsplz:
Paintzapper Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the Fav!
Ligechan Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
Many thanks for the fav^^
artbylink Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you for the fave.
MinotaurosK Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the Llama
LDOTT Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hey there,

I'm an admin for the Seed-beaders group now! YAY! Anyway, on to business. I going to have to decline your new box because it is in tutorials, can you please re-submit to the Miscellaneous Gallery.

Thanks! :)
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