Tuolumne Afternoon Or The Cabin At Tuolumne

Welcome to White Tideline Designs, handcrafted jewelry-as-art ~ sculpted bracelets like watercolors, using premier artisan beads & gemstones & sterling. Colors are blended and textures are joined together in interesting combinations using beads of several glass & sterling artists to create a composition and desired vision. Like an 'assembly of neurons,' each piece hopes to help you remember again a feeling, a place, a memory - conjured out of consciousness by art. Each piece is designed and handmade by me in my San Francisco Bay Area studio, an old African mahogany dining room table in my home - my vast and beautiful palette. While my muse may be the same (so often it is the sea), no two pieces are ever identical. This exact design will only be created one time and it will belong to you.

The muse behind 'Tuolumne Afternoon' are the warm and perfectly patterned deep red round bead set. These remind me of the famous, warm boiled wool blankets of Canada's Hudson Bay Company. That made me think of our more local Yosemite and the High Sierra in general during much of the year when evenings are chilly and the sky is punctuated with brilliant stars. From there I added in a marvelous cabin charm with a generous front porch and soon I was back in Yosemite or at Calavaras Big Trees in Stanislaus National Forest. I added the amazing sculptural red poppies (looking very much like Iceland Poppies) to celebrate Tuolumne Meadows' gorgeous springtime display of wild flowers and including masses of radiant poppies.

But, it all began with the deep red lampwork set and the warm feeling at thought of a heavy wool blanket on an ice cold forest night.

In any case, 'Tuolumne Afternoon' is a blessed piece, a piece de' resistance, a tour de force of colors of forest, blanket, sky and meadow and most especially the extraordinary lampwork beads which were created by 8 different gifted glass artists both here and abroad.

The focal lampwork round beads are by an especially gifted American artist who has quickly become one of my favorites. Not only is the red round set her work, but also the whimsical turquoise and red beads which share her signature design point in what I term, 'mystic portals,' or thick, encased glass over a core of color and detailed on the surface surface with scrolls and chunky 'portals' of glass. They are beautiful and curious to look at and feel so good to explore and touch. Other lampwork beads by more cherished, gifted artists are as follows:

* Organic rounds in blues & green * Organic rounds in red *Glossy fern green hollow round orbs, like meadow orbs * Transparent encased turquoise lampwork discs,* Turquoise, polka dot discs * Petaled lampwork poppies in shades of a rich shade of red with a black glass center * Watery red organic cubes* Blistered red transparent donut beads, *Small red/orange stout poppy beads *Lampwork green leaves.

Aside from this magnificent blend of artisan glass, you will also find faceted clear quartz briolettes * Sleeping Beauty turquoise beads entwined with Hilltribe sterling droplet beads * Elegant baroque pearls * One large faceted Sleeping Beauty turquoise briolette * Freshwater button pearls * Swarovski in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes * Bali silver beads, bead caps and a handsome Hilltribe sterling round toggle along with small droplet beads in pure sterling. An artisan sterling tag with the word 'Be' on it * a cabin and snowsled charm completes 'Tuolumne Afternoon' which measures 7.5" in length and can be resized to any length without sacrificing design.

'Tuolumne Afternoonr' is an elegant, lyrical & beautiful piece in colors at once vibrant and alive reminding us all how wondrous our world is and how fantastic it is to be a part of the magical 'blue planet,' and most especially when in the mountain-fresh air and in the deep majesty & mystery of our High Sierra forests.

P.S. I looked up the origin of the word, 'Tuolumne' and it is a word native to the local California tribes of the Sierra and means 'many stone houses,' which I thought coincidental since the design was centered around thoughts of a forest mountain cabin in the High Sierras of California.

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