struck again . . .

I'm visually obsessed.  I spend an inordinate amount of time perusing Pinterest and Instagram, will make an hour and a half round trip just to scope out Barnes & Noble's magazine stand in search of new and, usually crazy expensive, magazines.  An ongoing favorite is Kinfolk and I'm still poring over a couple of recent discoveries, Oak - The Nordic Journal and Hole & Corner. 

I'm also fairly consumed by my search for interesting jewelry in the same vein as my work.  I find a lot of rustic geometric work ... a lot.  All those triangles and squares and circles soldered together or cast in assorted combinations ... mostly minimal, some organic, some slick and polished.  Then there's all the cast bones and skulls and critter parts - really don't get how pervasive this genre remains ... 

There's also a lot of very cool rustic and raw silver and leather ... mostly cast and a lot of it really inspiring.  But this morning as I sipped my hot spicy lemonade while doing a bit of online exploring, I was once again struck by how much of my beloved rustic and raw genre is dominated by "the dark side."  Why are most of these artists, well at least it seems like most, dark pagan types or fetishists or borderline S & M?  Their lookbooks and videos totally creep me out ... you know that I need to take a shower kind of creepy.  I could give you a long list and was just about to embed a video and realized that would just fuel the negativity.  Smart move. 

Not sure why, but it's really hard to find artists working in this style that reside in light, that are purveyors of love and gratitude and beauty.  They, maybe I should say "we", are out there, but just don't get the same amount of press and attention. 

So there's my ongoing challenge and my mission ... create work to balance out the dark, work that spreads joy and beauty and light.  Sounds like a plan ... onward! 

l i g a - kvk

p.s. sorry no hyperlinks ... the gizmo seems to be acting up