This month's Inspired by Reading Book Club selection is Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri. This slim volume is a collection of nine short stories that all center around India or Indian-Americans. Each story plots an emotional journey that run the gamut from love, loss, despair, and belonging. Many of the stories spoke to me strongly of the impact that our contact and connections with other people can have on our lives... even when that contact is brief.
I took this little book with a big emotional impact on our trip to the Netherlands and Belgium... not exactly fluffy vacation reading. I just got back Sunday night so I didn't have a ton of time to get something made and photographed!
One thing that stood out for me in most (if not all) of the stories was that there was some connection to either making, missing, or needing a home. The home in question could be the physical dwelling place or an emotional safe haven or relationship. Once this thread became apparent to me I immediately had the kernel of an idea.
One of the items in my gift bag of beady goodness from the Bead Cruise I went on last month was an adorable little house from Humblebeads (thanks Heather!) that was paired with some gorgeous rich purple sari silk. (You can see my post on the cruise HERE if you missed it!) I'm still new to, and a little hesitant about, using fibers in my designs but this seemed like the perfect opportunity to give it a go.
I struggled with how and where I wanted to use the silk (and if I wanted to add in a pop of another color), but I finally pulled together something that I'm reasonably happy with for now. The chain portion looks like a separate necklace when worn, and I'm still not sure if I like that part or not. I'd love to hear your thoughts!
Please check out what everyone else made. Lots of great stuff as always!
Sarajo Wentling (that's me!)
Mary K McGraw
Andrew Thornton, Laurel Ross, Alison Herrington, Terri Greenawalt, and Karen Hiatt
And in totally unrelated India news, I ended up watching The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel on my flight home and loved it! What a great cast. If you missed this one (like I did), I suggest you watch it if you get the chance.