We keep a copy of the Trollbeads coffee table book in the gallery, and even though I have read through it so many times, I still find inspiration in its pages.
Isn’t this a marvellous quotation by Lisa Aagaard? It offers a tiny glimpse into the depth of her appreciation for her chosen medium of glass. Whatever small understanding I have of the glass of Trollbeads… it must be dwarfed by the massive, masterful comprehension of the Trollbeads designers. Only with a deep vision like this can collection after collection of phenomenal designs be created.
Three greats: “Azure Bubbles”, “Dewdrops” and “Blue Desert”
Reading the words over once again, I think that here Lise has elegantly distilled the ongoing appeal of the glass. This is the secret: every time one glances at a favorite glass bead, one savors again the beauty and the detail of the design. The subtle, shifting colours, the way the light seems to glow from within, the magical bubbles floating in the
depths… it all adds up to a delightful experience. Aren’t we lucky, to be able to carry with us such a lovely little moment, to be enjoyed again any time that we choose?
This simple pleasure never fails to delight me…
What truly astonishes me, however, is how much I enjoy other peoples’ bead collections. In other words, I don’t even need to own the bead in order to have that lovely visual experience. It’s a simple, uncomplicated appreciation of something truly lovely. It just makes me happy.
…Happiness on a silver chain… simply unforgettable.
Today’s bracelet is inspired by the arrival of a pair of wonderfully quirky and dotty green, black & white beads. These two little beauties could have been the stars of so many possible designs, but now in the middle of the Summer it felt natural to create an aqua and white, water-themed design. I absolutely love the design on these new
uniques… with their slightly abstract, splodgy design and three dimensional dots, they feel like quirky yet elegant little swamp creatures. Perhaps not surprisingly, they pair perfectly with this year’s glass frog uniques. Here, however, I have chosen to celebrate their crisp colour palette, and I have placed them among turquoise, aqua, buttercream yellow and white.
“Ancient Palace” is a lovely addition to so many bracelets, and here its rich blue and gold shimmer simply glows. I particularly enjoy this example of this bead, as it is subtly softer than many of the examples I have seen. It’s just a little faded in spots, and the variation in the blue makes it even more appealing to me.
This unique glass bead, with its graphic criss cross pattern has appeared in a few different colours over the course of the Spring. We have seen opaque, emerald green, black and white, and this clear turquoise version. Here I placed it next to “Nomad”, whose cross hatched pattern echoes that of the glass next to it.
Clockwise from clasp: “Fish Lock”, “Unique”, “Unique”, “Unique”, “Urchin”, “Ancient Palace”, “White Paper Fold”, “Unique Amber”, “Unique”, “Mermaid”, “Unique”, “Amazonite”, “Unique”, “RollingWaves”, “Unique”, “Scirocco”, “Unique Amber”, “Unique”, “Nomad”, “Ancient Palace”, Unique”, “Unique”.
One final photo shows the lovely clear core on some of these unique turquoise budded beads… I love the way this clear layer allows the light to enter and shine back out again, as if the bead is illuminated from within… the Troll glass artists really are brilliant.