Buffalo 2.0

Buffalo is not where you are from, it's who you are. It's an adjective that describes your work ethic, dedication to family, commitment to the greater community and perseverance. 

Wearing it Out - Wearable Art

From the simplest pair of one-bead-on-wire earrings to layered and detailed Assemblage multi-strand mega-statements with dozens of components it comes down to the essential division of duties in "wearable art" -I build it to wear you treat it like art. 

Six Signs You Are A Goddess

Regardless of a couple of misinformed millennia when some believed that what she looked like had something to do with it, real Goddesses haven't changed much in the last 30,000 years.   

They are the ones who get things done. 

1. SHE KNOWS ... 

that size and age are arbitrary numbers. Shape is just the package. It’s not about how the package is wrapped, but sharing the gift inside.

2. SHE CARES... 

about those she calls her own with a fierce and unrelenting passion. 

3. SHE CONNECTS... 

with nature and knows the earth is not ours to deplete but protect for our children's children. 

4. SHE CONFOUNDS...

because what others expect is inconsequential. She listens, learns and trusts her heart.  

5. SHE ACTS... 

even when the action is difficult, because sometimes the cost of inaction is far too great.  

6. AND NEVERTHELESS , SHE PERSISTS

Gift Your Goddess - and Build the Goddess Gift.

The Goddess Journey

I always want to embrace the feminine, because there seems to be lack of it or our of balance feeling. I love ‘Mother Nature’ and see myself going to church, when I am in the woods or anywhere hiking away from man-made world.
So these are part of that symbolism. Fertility, life giving, feminism, loving our bodies as we have babies and as we grow wiser with years.
— Lenka Bindzar, entrepreneur/importer

FROM STONE AGE MORAVIA TO JABLONEC TO WASHINGTON TO YOUR MAILBOX 

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Although the shape is constant, the variations in the finish and very human production processes of my Goddesses means small differences in each bead and often larger shifts in color between batches. 

But the Girls are all about individuality anyway.

Experts have spent a great deal of time considering the original Vestonicka Venusa  but we don't know who commissioned and created the original mold for beads or when it was done. 

A MOM AND POP SHOP IN BOHEMIA

The mold is owned today by second-generation bead pressers in Jablonec -- a husband and wife team who produce each small batch by traditional methods 

" Pressers are always guys, but the boss in this family is the wife," said Lenka Bindzar, who has imported the beads for wholesale distribution for more than a decade.  "She takes care of all the ordering and communications and all else that is not pressing glass beads. "

Traditional artisan production in Jablonec "takes a village" with others helping with pressing and stringing during peak production and shops largely shutting down in the heat of the summer.  Lenka has been known to order beads she doesn't exactly need to help prop up the families in this very challenged industry. 

LENKA'S VIEW 

The Goddesses have not yet been a big-seller for Czech-born Lenka -- but have always held a greater meaning to her.

"I always want to embrace the feminine, because there seems to be lack of it or our of balance feeling. I love 'Mother Nature' and see myself going to church, when I am in the woods or anywhere hiking away from man-made world," she explained.  "So these are part of that symbolism. Fertility, life giving, feminism, loving our bodies as we have babies and as we grow wiser with years."

The roots of the original Venuse are also significant to Lenka. "She comes from my fathers region, Moravia," she said. " My parents divorced when I was eight and my Mom always made sure I remember my origins from his side of the family and it stuck with me. "

"The region is the fertile part of my country, where people grow most of our fruit, wine and vegetables. They are known as very generous, optimistic and party people," Lenka added. 

MAKING CONNECTIONS

When I read Lenka's email about Moravia - it struck me how much her description of the region sounded so much like my Western New York home, reminding me again of all the layers of connection in these simple glass beads.

Your purchase directly supports:

  • the small family shop run by a woman in Jablonec,
  • a female entrepreneur in Washington state who has built a business of beauty with her passion and pride
  •  me
  •  and, in the largest share, addresses a real world need selected by a real world goddess.  -- 

WHAT WOULD VESTONICKA VENUSE DO?

Although some my question my emotional boundaries at this point , I do understand that the Venus herself is not an individual. Still I can't help see her as a collection of the best of who we are and who we can be together. And in that context, it's a privilege to share her journey. 

No Apologies, No Problem

There are a few wonderful people--  whom I love dearly -- who feel differently about the world we share ,  the challenges we face  as women and what one person could or should do. I don't apologize for my stance or love them any less for theirs. There is no value in fighting each other, but so much good in focusing on the things which continue to unite us. 

And then there are an awful lot of awful people whom I've never met, am not likely to meet and are frankly not welcome in my space. We all have only so much bandwidth -- physically, emotionally and online. Any time dealing with hate and harangue is lost to solutions.

I'm moderating comments on my various platforms to keep the the information flow positive and energies focused on results. I am not blocking access for them to say or do anything they wish in their own space and am glad the First Amendment provides them the same freedoms I have today -- but not the option of soiling my space with hate and vitirol. 

I've planted a small garden with my own investment of time, money and talent in hopes of harvesting community and support for the essential and absurdly challenged work of essential non-profits. 

It only makes sense to put up a small fence to keep the varmints out. 

This guy illustrates an article on farm fencing in Mother Earth News, but seems to work here too... 

This guy illustrates an article on farm fencing in Mother Earth News, but seems to work here too...