Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils.
-General John Stark
Welcome, once again, to Ornament Thursday! This month's theme is "Independence". To be perfectly honest, I never intended to use a red, white and blue color scheme for my piece at all. I created the fine silver "live free" charm with the intention of doing something non-traditional with it, replete with a flaming heart and a lot of black stone and glass. However, last week I had an appointment with my opthamologist whose office is fortuitously located a mere two blocks away from one of my favorite local bead stores. Could a stout heart resist temptation? Well, I certainly couldn't. Despite being able to see virtually nothing (my eyes were still dilated), I took the opportunity to browse around there and, after much squinting and swanning around, I found a cup of these cute star-shaped pearls. So, I tossed out the flaming heart idea, hauled out some garnet and lapis lazuli instead and created this rather traditional-looking star-spangled piece to celebrate this month's theme. (You can click on the photo for a closer look at the necklace.)
I am sure you will recognize my quote, if only by virtue of the fact that the first half of it is used on the license plates for the state of New Hampshire. When I was in law school, I remember studying a case in which the Defendant, a New Hampshire resident, decided that he did not want to "live free or die" and obscured the "or die" portion of his license plate. (The Supreme Court later ruled that the state could not prevent him from doing so.) I decided to side with Defendant on that issue and created a charm incorporating only the rather uplifting words "live free".
As I mentioned on the Art Bead Scene blog last week, to me, right now, independence means having creative freedom. The words "live free" are a reminder to continue to take risks creatively, to reach beyond my current capabilities and to continue to grow. It's a very positive statement, to my mind.
To view the other interpretations of "Independence" by our talented Ornament Thursday crew, please follow these links:
I am an intellectual property lawyer by training and have a background in English Renaissance literature. I love science fiction. I primarily watch Sesame Street these days and find myself humming "Pop Goes the Weasel" at odd moments (guess why). I can happily eat ice cream in the middle of winter when the wind chill is 20 below 0. I have been making beads and designing jewelry since 2007.
2010 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Other Finished Bead Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2010 - Grand Prize, Gold Medal Winner, Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, Metal Clay, Metal Beads, Wirework and Chain Jewelry-Making Contest
2010 - Finalist, Bead Star, Stones, Plastics and Designs with Heart Categories
2009 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay
2009 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Beyond Glass, Handmade Beads and Components
2009 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Arts Awards, Necklace
2009 - Finalist, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Beading Contest, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist, Bead Star, Pearls
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