Wâpimon - “mirror”.
I’ve had a lot weighing on my heart recently. It’s been a sad time in NDN country.
I haven’t been able to bead lately and I’m not sure why. I have been focusing on my own accountability. What am I actually doing to make this world better? Am I doing more than just sharing information? Am I challenging the systems in the best ways? Are there behaviours of mine that are harmful that I don’t know about?
I had a pair of textured brass triangles that I wanted to turn into a mirror. The brass looks beautiful and clean and uniform; I wanted the lower half to be a mirror image but in colour.
I don’t even have the words to articulate how I felt when I beaded this pair. But I kept these questions in my heart as I beaded; how am I being a reflection of the best of my beliefs? How am I being a reflection of the best ways to change? How am I actually doing better?
That’s why this pair is called Wâpimon - “mirror”. I don’t always think that everything happens for a reason. Sometimes things happen because humanity makes terrible choices. But I do know that I can assign meaning to my actions. I can weave a picture that has hope, even when some pieces of the picture came from sorrow.
When I look into a mirror, I want to see purpose.
[Traditionally tanned hide, front and back, textured brass triangles, matte 24k gold edging, 24k gold plated chains and earrings hooks, 13/0 Charlotte cut beads]