Like so many of my designs, this one was inspired by a fantastically talented friend, and young film maker. Her name is Kasey, and once you've met her, you'll never ever forget her. From her bright eyes, to her adorable drawl, and on past the surface to the unfailingly generous and deeply intelligent, woman underneath, Kasey is a wonder. When I first met her she was studying both theatre and film, and hopes someday to be a screenwriter and filmmaker.
With her long blonde hair and infectious smile, she could be the picture of the All American Girl. And if you only met her in passing you might think she'd make a phenomenal cheerleader. But what Kasey really wants to do is make horror movies. The bloodier and creepier the better. I imagine her as a director someday showing up to a day of filming, with a pan of homemade brownies for the crew in one hand, and an extra five-gallon bucket of stage blood in the other, 'just in case'.
While I always felt myself inspired by my students, Kasey was one of those rare people who can get complete strangers excited about a topic they would otherwise have no interest in. And so, how could I not create a bracelet inspired by her love of film? I'm really in love with several of the charms on this one. The tiny popcorn you might remember from the Take Me Out to the Ballgame bracelet I did a few months back. There's a couple on a date at the movies, a clapperboard, tiny theatre, soda, camera, directors chair, an Oscar, tickets, and a few film reels.
I work hard to find great charms whenever I'm designing a new bracelet, but there always seems to be one charm that I just fall in love with as my favorite on each project. This time it has to be the couple on a date. They are leaning towards one another, with their sodas and popcorn, and his arm around her shoulder. I like to imagine they are watching one of Kasey's favorite scary movies.
The beads are my usual favorite Czech glass, in shades of black, white and grey as a nod to black and white film, and deep red, reminiscent of the velvet drapes at movie palaces from the 1930's and 1940's. Overall I'm pretty darn happy with how this one turned out. I've got three more new designs in the works at the moment that I hope to get shots of soon. One inspired by my recent trip home to see my family, one by my longing for cooler weather, and one that's a bit of a departure from my usual style...