Living here in the southwest we get to experience a lot of great cultural influence from our friends south of the border. Today happens to be a fun fiesta that marks Mexico’s victory over France in the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican war (1861-1867). Given how boisterously it is celebrated here I was surprised to learn that it is quite a minor event in Mexico itself. No matter, it is a great excuse to drink good Mexican beer, and eat some of the most delicious food ever. Chili con carne, fish tacos, homemade salsas, warm and salty chips. Yum! The photo says it all for me. I am going to go find my inspiration with a salty margarita and a slice of lime.
Well, needless to say I am so very excited about being a published artist. It may not be much but it is a beautiful publication and I am going to be in a national magazine! Okay, I think I am past the over the top exuberance. Not really but I will try to control myself.
So, now I am even more focused on finishing and designing new pieces. For the inspiration palette today I found this great photo. I love not only the colors of this photo but the textures as well. Can’t you just imagine incorporating the texture of the weathered wood into a piece? I don’t know exactly what I am going to do but this is the jumping off point for my next piece. Who knows – maybe I’ll get this one published as well!
So as I told you in my last post I got one of my pieces picked up by Bead Trends for their October issue. Hurray for me! Today I got the email that details all the information that is needed from me. They are quite detailed in what is wanted, or more precisely, what is required.
Much of the information that was asked for makes sense. Things like materials used (of course, duh) and where to buy the supplies you used. What I found interesting is not only do they want the specific materials used – like stones and beads – but the type of stringing wire or cording; the type of crimps; type of crimp covers and step by step instructions of how to make the piece. As I was writing out the instructions I was wondering how much editing goes on once we submit our templates. I mean, how many designers are good at writing clear, concise step by step instructions to recreate one of their pieces? Thankfully my bracelet is a simple stringing design and not particularly complex in steps or description. But I do wonder how much of my copy will be edited by the time they go to print.
Just some thoughts for the day. Have a good one