Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Self Portrait Wednesday?

Excuse my tardiness and theme irrelevancy...my life doesn't lend itself well to compliance these days. I'm lucky if the dishes make their way out of the sink into the dishwasher. So, on yet another ladies night in the Mangum home--okay so it's lady night and only because the man of the house is putting in more excruciating hours at the Hospital--I hauled out my beads, and lugged the kitchen table in front of the TV (a superfluous act since my eyes and its screen never met). Then, proceeded to string and glue and clip and bend and tie and clasp. An evening at once lending me therapy and accessories. I find myself lying in bed and, in my head, arranging beads. All in a nights work: pearl, bone, silver, glass, torquoise, blue goldstone, even thread-covered wood...
What was significant to me about the above "self portrait" was the striking resemblance I have to myself...you see, the original artwork hanging on the wall behind me is a rug, hooked by my mother. A portrait of me. Craig pointed out the position of our hands, the red sweater, the unruly right-sided hair flip...it is all to uncanny. Do we become what others "paint" us to be? A question worthy of far to much thought for tonight, it is a Wednesday for heaven's sake.

22 comments:

Tasha said...

Oh Jordan, I'd give anything to set up shop with you, any night of the week!

The rug in the picture is amazing, and the likeness is uncanny. Does life imitate art or vice versa???

Kelly said...

Okay, that is so funny because as I was looking at your picture, I thought your art looked so much like you!

Therapy that ends in accessories is a great way to go. A successful "lady" night!

Jenny Dahl said...

I too noticed the portrait before reading about its significance. Maybe just a mothers ability to capture the parts of us that sometimes slip by from what we see in our own reflection. Mothers do tend to have a different view than most.
The necklaces are beautful. I so appriciate the splendidness of accessorizing! (Is that a word?)

michelle said...

I noticed the resemblance to the art on the wall immediately, it is uncanny! And the photo of your goodies all over the table, ooh la la! Creativity in progress, so pleasing.

Amy said...

Uncanny, indeed. And quite beautiful, in fact. I love that you "lady night" away. I've yet to bead, but am intrigued by your layout. I wish you lived next door so we could make it "ladies". Perhaps I'll have to make the drive!

carlo said...

wow. that is really amazing! both the beading and the rug. so interesting your take on things, jordan. i do enjoy peeking in each day...

Katy said...

I think our mother has the ability to "paint" us with the potential she sees, and WE turn the potential into reality. Those around us definitely affect us, which is why it is so important to surround one's self with GOOD (things and people). Of course we have our own agency, but don't you love being in the company of good, happy people?

Elizabeth said...

I noticed also. A beautiful resemblance. Your jewelry turned out great. What a great collection you have. It must be hard to find a window of time to pull that all out when little hands aren't around.

Allison said...

I want to join in on your ladies night. Beautiful things your hands created.

TX Girl said...

Love ladies night- I miss my craft night w/ the girls from when we lived in NOLA.

I remember that amazing painting you had hanging in your kitchen in NOLA. It was the first time I had seen a REAL painting in a friend's house. It got me excited about collecting when I can afford it. And then someone told me it was done by you? or your mother? I wish my family had that kind of talent. Love the rug- I thought the same thing.. wow- that looks an awful lot like Jordan.

ShawnaB. said...

Beautiful beads, beautiful rug. Happy Lady Night! I have always thought of you as an artist and it was so fun to see what you are creating and what has been created for you. I know I coud really get into beading ... if only I had some beads! Teach me? :)

mom said...

Jordan,
The right side of you represented your free spirit--I am so happy to see it hasn't been repressed by motherhood. I so love that about you.
MOM

ingrid said...

Jordan,
I love your mom's comment right above mine. I also noticed the rug on the wall and zoomed in to get a better look. "Lady night" sounds fun and I admire women that take the time to nurture their creative outlets while raising little ones. I have never owned a necklace (Is that sad, or what? Well, except for my pearl necklace that I wore to my wedding.) I suppose this could be because I have always played the violin and never liked anything on my neck expect the instrument. I do so love your beaded creations.

annalisa said...

I have a right-side flip. And I always become/do what people expect of me. Even if consciously I am aware of my compliance, I can not resist it.
I love creative nights. And I always work in front of the tv without once looking at it, but the company does make me feel a little better.

Jill said...

I'm so glad you pointed out the rug on the wall, the similarities are striking (how cool is that?).

I'm so delighted that you got to take some time to do something creative and therapeutic for yourself, and I love it that you have a picture of you doing it. Your necklaces are beautiful.

Jeni said...

love the hot pink and green necklace!

amy m said...

I love seeing you being creative and enjoying the time to play. Every woman needs and deserves that.

The portrait on the wall is amazing and I notice the similarities right away. What a gift.

sista # 2 said...

Sweet! So, you must be an artist too, like your mom. I have never done any beadwork -cool skill & hobby - like the 'lady night' too!haha (who took the picture?)-ciao

Jordan said...

I used the trusty timer function on my camera for that shot.

Jenny said...

That was the first thing I noticed when I walked in your house. What a beautiful peace of art!

Your beads look beautiful. You definitely have an "eye" for beads.

Sara said...

BEAUTIFUL beading my friend. . . oh how I would have loved to have joined you (I would have brought along some yummy treats and a promise for some good conversation). You are so talented, an artist like your parents no doubt. I too loved what your mom had to say about the rug she created. You have always been a free-spirited gal in my mind. Something I love about you!

Amy W. said...

Okay, I just love this post. First, that you took a picture of you doing your "ladies" night. Second, that you took time for yourself and are so dang creative. And third, I adore the truly uncanny resemblance to the portrait. It is only fit that a father would get it so right!