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I ♥ Lanterns

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The always-eloquent Ke$ha (no she’s not, I was being facetious) talks about a boy’s love-drug as “a sick obsession” – (she’s seeing it in her dreams!). I’m a little more grown up than Ke$ha and I’m happy to be done with adolescent crazycrushes. Now that I’ve grown past those fixations, I find myself with a little bit more room in my head for more important things. But I do (and always will) know a thing or two about fixations. And I know I’m not alone. Maybe it’s because we artists can be emotional, but (sick obsessive) crushes are just part of our design world. I’ve had hang-ups on handknit carrots, (big flaky) mica glitter, coral beads, 1950’s barkcloth, and ikat. And some crushes have turned into the “real deal.” My relationship with 8-pointed stars, single ply wool yarn, snowflakes, charm bracelets, and kilim all started as obsessions, fixations.

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Lately I’ve noticed that lantern designs are started to recur in my work: bold beads and jewelry components constructed into almond-shaped lantern designs. I think they’re exotic, but still refined. And I love how evocative they are: something about this design takes me away to a foreign place and cures my wanderlust for just a bit. So, do I have a real future with lantern designs, or is it just a fleeting crush? Just a “flavor of the month”? Just something I doodle on my Trapper Keeper during math class? I guess time will tell.

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