Wednesday, November 26, 2008


Jump on and join a group of artists/crafts-women as they link around the world and tell you a little about their lives in art and craft.

This month's question: How do the seasons and weather affect your art and craft?

Well, I'll start with my 2 favourite seasons in Turkey: Spring and Autumn. They are both very similar in that they bring breathing relief thanks to cooler temperatures; Spring brings new life, new colours, new beginnings and new inspirations. The outdoor lifestyle is once again ours, as well as BBQ nights and lovely walks in the warm sun. Spring here is fabulous! It makes me look at stones with vibrant colours, crystals that have unbelievable shine and sparkle in the sun. I sit outside, look at my sketch books, watch the sea from our balcony and play. It's great! Colour combinations become more daring, designs get chunkier... Autumn is really like an Indian summer somewhere else, with temperatures of 25 degrees Celsius right until 3 weeks ago, but days are shorter, night falls earlier, so colours are more subtle. Autumn is when I like copper most. I'm drawn to long necklaces and lariats, darker stones like labradorite and onyx, and big hoop earring too, so OTT normally but that are only a hint when I finally can let my hair down, weather permitting.

Now Summer here is something else: It's HOT, I mean blistering, I mean I burn the tip of my nose whenever I go check the mail, my long hair is permanently up, or I risk heating up even more and become a new mutant version of the tasmanian devil, I'm sticky, I'm unconfortable, my lovely stones naturally so cool to touch become slippery and hot and difficult to handle under my sausage-like fingers, a project that doesn't run smoothly becomes a major harrassssssssment as my energy plummets and my temper rises as high as the temperature gauge... So, I think stupidly, let's go out and get inspired? Not in Bodrum, darling! The city centre's gorgeous and sweet narrow paved streets parrallel to the shore are littered with smelly tourists rubbing armpits to unlucky noses with debonnaire carelessness, killing inspiration as well as assaulting everyone's olfactory senses. The beach's no better. So big stones are out, coz they stick to my skin at weird angles, short necklaces are out coz I get strangled when it tangles up with my hair, in fact everything's out! I long for light and airy jewellery, thin cool clean-lined silver and natural small stones and crystals which will roll around and let my skin breathe. I hardly wear any jewellery in summer.

Now Winter's just about started here, and I regenerate, I've got my big stones back through Autumn and I'm happy. I read a lot, I want to try something new, I spend hours on the internet reading blogs, recording whatever inspires me in my sketch books, creating is faster, I feel I'm moving forward, I find new inspirations. But Sweet Shredded Coconut, I really do HATE the cold, so I can't WAIT for our looooooong 60 days of winter to be over... :)

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Thanks for reading, and happy Winter everyone!


Lily Pang said...

Wow, summer so uncomfortable for you! I don't know how you can survive if you are here in Singapore.

I love the feeling of autumn and spring and miss it very much.

Your little treasures look fabulous! Very beautiful!

Ruth said...

Love the description of those tourists!!!! Can just imagine you avoiding the armpits!! Now how can you be inspired by that?? Maybe you should invent scratch and sniff jewelry - lets off nice odours when we are hot????? Or I could make an "anyone can wear deodorant" necklace?
Good to read how the stones and sizes change for you. Snuggle down for the winter now and try that metal clay!!

Sara's Texture Crafts said...

I know, I know, I was supposed to comment after I finished reading, but I took a quick look at your shop and bought myself something instead... Now who says blogging isn't a good form of promotion!!

Great post I really enjoyed reading it. I went to the south of Turkey on a business trip once and we were taken (in between factory visits) up to a place called 'White Paradise'... the sun was heavy in the late afternoon and dusk was creeping in... it was truely beautiful. So now when I hear that song that asks 'Have you been to Paradise?' I say, yes... yes I have!

Sara xx

Easterya said...

Lily, thank you very much for your compliment on my little treasures!
Ruth, you just made me cry (and almost pee meself) with laughther, only you can think of scratch and sniff jewellery...also, metal clay is on the cards, my darling, and I'll pester you for advice!!
Sara, Turkey is magical, I'm so glad you saw it! I moan about the heat, but I really love it here! And thank you sooooo much for your shopping at mine!!!

'fancypicnic' said...

Oh, I LOVED reading this!!
I was walking with you through those streets....not as a tourist, you understand..!! Well, actually, yes, but we'll leave it there.

I loved your words about the stones, and how they feel in your, you can sit back and enjoy them. xx

ps - thanks so very much for your lovely comment for me xx

Marian said...

I know what you mean!!!! I used to have those springs and summers!!! IN Argentina in spring it can be already 40C, summer does not get better obviously. My hair up, light clothes and very light jewellery... nothing too big or heavy... you just feel warmer otherwise.
I would kill to live by the ocean... I miss the sea!!!
The smelly turists! ahahahah why do people run away from the shower wehn it is so warm! i dont get it! another post altogether the heat and shower!!!

meherio68 said...

I can only sympathize here : it's not so much me hating the cold as the cold hating me - seems to me anyway...
About the smelly crowds too - shame living in a beautiful place and having it spoilt by the very people who come admire it...
A scorcher is tough, true - but isn't slowing down a great opportunity (I mean excuse) to just muse away your time?