After giving birth to my precious Nicole I wasn’t really in a mood for arts and crafts at all. There was just so much on my mind and business was the last. It took me 10 months to get inspired again and I said to myself my comeback has to be something new and fresh. There’s no better time than summer!
But let me tell you how I got inspired. Nicole and I went to Bulgaria for two weeks in March, but Covid-19 extended our stay for two months. That was a blessing in disguise! I really love spending time with my family, especially my sister, niece and nephew. Spending time with them brought me so much joy and happiness. They became my inspiration to create again. But what was going to be my first collection after such a long time away?
Years ago, my fiancé and I went to a Beads Fair outside London. I don’t remember the exact location but…O My God!!! When we got there, I wasn’t expecting to see what I saw. I thought we are visiting an event where crafters sell their creations. Instead, there were about 50 stalls with different beads for sale. What my eyes saw were very small, tiny and perfect in shape beads, different sizes and colours. Beads, beads, beads…I just loved them! I was looking around, went through almost all the stalls. There were many visitors and huge queues in front of every stall. We spent roughly 3 or 4 hours, but every second was definitely worth it. The choice of what exactly to buy was extremely hard. All the beads were sooo perfect and beautiful. I just fell in love!!! When we got back home, I checked a few of the leaflets I took and I was curious to know more about those beads – Where are they coming from? Why are they so expensive? This was my first touch to the seed beads.
Traditionally, the main manufacturing centres for seed beads are Japan and the Czech Republic. As a rough guide, the Japanese manufactured seed beads tend to be a little more uniformed and regular in shape. However, this means they are also more expensive than their European counterparts. All beads are made from high quality glass, uniform shape and brilliance, they are considered a “world standard”. This is what makes me like them most!
I made a few pairs of earrings at that time and sold them, then I just placed the beads into a box and left them untouched until now.
When I got back home from Bulgaria I remembered that box and opened it. The inspiration, the ideas, the drive came instantly. Those beads spoke freedom to me. And that’s exactly how summer feels in my soul. There it was! A new collection was born.
In early June I started Bubolini’s Summer Collection 2020. It’s all earrings. The first pair I created was in Boho style and was named “Inspiration”. There are 10 more designs, different in style and colours. Every pair has their own name and character and they all breathe positivity, love and liberation.