To See a World in a Grain of Sand...(William Blake)

Welcome.This is my glass beads art show. Please have a look and enjoy!

 Welcome to my web page. This is a photo space intended to share pieces of my own glass beads works with anyone interested.
Please enjoy anytime you like. And, it'll be great if you give me some comments on them!
(sending e-mail is ok as well

Also, I'm gonna tell you a bit more about me & beads art down below. So please have a look.

◎The way I met glass beads
 A very famous poet said onece “A thing of beauty is a joy for ever.”(John Keats) I think that's true to anyone's life. As for me, such “a thing of beauty”can be anything shiny & brightly sparkling, such as jewels like diamond or ruby, cracks in crystal, prismatic drops of a fountain in a park, iridescent soap bubbles, etc... So, it was quite natural for me to be charmed by the art of glass beads.
 As you know, each grain of beads is so tiny but many a little makes a mickle. Once get intrigued by this seemingly small girlish world, you'll see how amazingly boundless it is! Making up any shape, any pattern is possible with countless colour variation. All you need is a long thread (or wire) and thousands of colourful shiny grains of lights. It's like stuck in a huge maze of kaleidoscope. Easy to get in, but you can never leave, 'cause there's no way to be tired of it!

◎When I just started...
As with no exception to most beaders, I also started making simple accessories like necklaces, rings or earrings. However, those are so small, just palm-size at most. Isn't it a bit boring to merely decorate your neck or fingers? If you have bigger dreams, more fun you'll get, I think. So, the next I'm gona tell how I came to change my beading style.

◎Weaving up dreams 
 “To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand,
And Eternity in an hour."
I love this part of William Blake's poem, because it represents what I feel when making my works.
Pick up one grain of any glass beads in your hand and look closely into it. Then you can see there's surely some kind of world. Some beads have patterns or sceneries within, just like cracks of crystal. Others' surfaces reflect the world in which we live, making it look more different. Definitely each bead has its own world.
Then, what if such grains gather up to make something big? What if, they are turned into something like “Wild Flower”? Can we wee a “Heaven”in it? Well, I think I can make it come true for sure. Yes, that kind of “Infinity”is “in the palm” of my hand, although working on such artifice of“Eternity”will never be done in just an “hour”or so.
So, without counting on any recipe, I came to design and weave exactly what I dreamed of.

[FAQ] Many of my friends often ask me over my cazy beading thing.

Q. Isn't it costly to continue?
A. Of course it is. I'm not a rich person, so sometimes I have to suppress my drive for shopping in a big city. Lovely clothes and pretty shoes are often out of my shoping list. But, to invest in one's hobby is always an expensive entertainment, isn't it? So my purse is always empty but my heart is full, full of happy feelings!

Q. How long does it usually take to make one object?
A. Long, long time.
W.B. Yeats said in his poem
  “...‘A line will take us hours maybe;
Yet if it does not seem a moment's thought,
Our stitching and unstitching has been naught.”(Adam's Curse)
When I read this part for the first time, I just thought “Oh, that's exactly what it takes to do my work!”I just sit there and keep on doing what I'm doing until my“Labour is blossoming or dancing”.

Q. Do you make some of them as gifts?
A. Sometimes I do, for my mom or good friends, occasionally. My painstaking effort never fails to delight them. However, in a process of making them I always become attached to them and sometimes it's so hard for me to give them away to people.

Q. Do you wanna open a shop and merchandise some of your works, some day?
A. If there's a chance. But, wait a minute. Who do you think will pay for such stuff? These are all useless, never practical. Nice to watch, no use to own. No wonder they're often called as“junk”. I'm sure nobody would buy them, neither would I.
Also, let's look on the other side. Junk or whatever, these works are so priceless to me even though most of them are kept in a dusty attic. I can't let my babies go.
So, running a shop seems to be quite infeasible after all.

Q. What are you?
A. I'm usually a grad student studyng English literatue (especially poetry).

[about me]
birthday: 24, July. (ruby is my birth stone. Leo is my sign of course.)
age: that's a secret!
reside: Currently Hachioji, west Tokyo. Originally from Hokkaido, the winter wonderland of Japan.
favorite music: classic, rock, R&B, Soul...any kinds.

はじめまして。La Petite Fleur, 楽しんでください。普段からキラキラ光るものが大好きな私は、いつの間にかガラスビーズの魅力に取りつかれてしまいました。ここでは、急がしい日々を送る傍らで作った作品をご紹介したいと思います。楽しんでいただけると、とても嬉しいです。コメント、お待ちしています。

 イギリスの有名な詩人ジョン・キーツ(John keats)は、“A thing of beauty is a joy for ever”という言葉を残しています。美を感じさせるものは人それぞれ、しかし私にとってはそれがビーズアートの世界なんです。ダイヤモンドのようなスワロフスキーとか、虹色に光るチェコビーズも、細かい色々な絵が書きこまれたベネチアンビーズも好きです。カラフルな光の粒を集めて、思い描いたものを様々に編み上げるようになりました。


 私の好きなイギリスの詩人のひとり、ウィリアム・ブレイク(William Blake)の詩の一節があります。
“To see a World in a Grain of Sand
 And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
 Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
 And Eternity in an hour. ” (Auguries of Innocenceより)



A.長い、長い時間です。アイルランドの詩人W.B.イェイツの有名な詩“Adam's Curse”を初めて読んだ時、「これって、自分のビーズワークと同じじゃん!?」って思いました。その一節とは…
“...‘A line will take us hours maybe;
Yet if it does not seem a moment's thought,
Our stitching and unstitching has been naught.”



■誕生日 7月24日。しし座のO型です。誕生石ルビーはダイヤよりも好き。
■年齢 不詳(…ということに。)
■住んでるところ 八王子市(北海道出身)
■ニックネーム yuki
■職業 色々経験しましたが、今は大学で英文学を研究しています。

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