“Rebels are We” – The inspiration

***Note – I originally wrote this post several days ago on paper when I didn’t have access to type it – and I’ve been too busy/out of it to post it until now***

Every piece of art has a story.  Sometimes it’s as simple as, “My Teacher told me to draw this.”  Other times it’s a complex story full of moments of inspiration, frustration and failures, and the sweet nectar of success.  Many, if not most, of these stories go untold.  They rattle around in the corners of the artists mind and only appear when someone asks for them.

Jewelry is no different.  It is an art like any other and each peice has its inspiration.  For me, it is often simply a matter of finding colors that work together.  Other times I discover new designs and patterns as I’m inspired by other jewelry artists.  And, yes, some pieces have a much more complicated story.

This is my attempt to capture one of those stories, to record it and preserve it both for myself and for anyone else who may be interested, including the future owner of the piece.  Thus, I give you the story of my inspiration.

The inspiration for this piece came from a fusion of ideas that have been growing in my mind over time.  The first of these ideas came from reading my friend Kate’s blog. Kate runs the etsy shop Om Shanti and regularly blogs about both her life and her work.  She often has fun stories behind her inspiration for her pieces.  Also, she often has a song that goes along with her piece.  I’ve always thought that would be fun to do!

I’ve been listening to Floggy Molly a lot lately.  (In fact it’s playing as I type this up)  The words of it get suckt in my head!  Some more than others.  I actually have a few ideas I hope to develop from these songs… but I digress.  As I was driving along this morning, and listing to “Rebels of the Scacred Heart” by Flogging Molly, a pattern began to form in my head.  So, while I waited in the doctors office, I began to sketch it out on a piece of paper.

I soon realized that the pattern in my head would take a LOT of beads to complete.  That’s when the next piece fell into place.  I’ve been planning on creating a “show piece” this winter while there aren’t as many craft fairs and markets to go to.  I’ve looked at several complicated bead woven pieces, but I’ve always gone back to the idea of a making a purse, or clutch, out of beads.  I quickly realized that this design would be perfect for that!  As I left the doctors office I began to play with the design ideas in my head and solidified my idea a little more.

I’ve decided that the piece will be called “Rebels are We!” after the intro to  the chorus of the song “Rebels of the Sacred Heart”

Rebels are we, though heavy our hearts shall always be
Ah, no ball or chain no prison shall keep
We`re the rebels of the sacred heart”

I was going to try and find a video of this song – but couldn’t find a good one – sorry!

I won’t be updating this project daily – so keep your eyes open for the next update!  Or look in my tags under “Rebels.”


6 responses to ““Rebels are We” – The inspiration

  1. neat idea. Can’t wait to see it grow. Best of luck, if that comes into play…

  2. Thanks story! Next comes sketching and figuring out which stitch I’m going to use. I know I can do it in one of my main – but if I can figure out the pattern in the other one it would be a lot quicker to do…

  3. Loved reading your inspirational story. Much of the time that is how it happens, even with all of the other creations and life in between.

    Looking forward to more…


  4. Glad your looking forward to the story! I’m going to work on sketching it out more properly today 🙂

  5. Awesome! And I look forward to seeing the finished piece — are you going to post progress pics too?

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