Roll of drums...
This weekend sees the official publication of my wife Nelli's book: 'Glass Bead Jewelry Projects'. To say I'm proud of her is an understatement: she has laboured long and hard to produce a book which remedies all the deficiencies of the standard texts on glass bead making. And to do that Nelli has turned herself into a brilliant photographer (she's had professional snappers pumping her for tips) and has revealed steel in her character that no one - not even me - suspected was there.
Nell will admit that when she took on the project she had no idea as to the amount of time and sheer hard work the book would involve.- which I suppose why so few books ever see the light of day - but with mind-boggling determination she powered through. And the result is remarkable and remarkably beautiful. But the best thing about the book is Nelli's candour: whereas some other authors are coy about revealing the exact materials they use or the exact techniques needed to create the beads in their books, Nelli has laid it all out in detail.
But what's delighted me most is the positive reaction to the book from the bead-making community: they know a work of art when they see one!