On a recent visit to my Almost Local Bead Shop, I fell in love (for obvious reasons) with this little pendant:
Though it looks perfectly fine on a plain silver chain, I envisioned it combined with mixed green beads...
...casually strung in a random, irregular pattern.
But Randomness is difficult for me, as I am Addicted to Symmetry, and Very Fond of Repetition. So I compromised with...
...cube beads strung at regular intervals, separated by mixed beads in a carefully unregular pattern.
How hard it was to pick up the beads in no particular order! I even tried to come up with a formula which would give an appearance of randomness (no luck there).
All of which raises a philosophical speculation or three. What is randomness? That which is contrived cannot be truly random. Is true randomness achievable in a strand of beads? And if it were, would I like the results?
Never mind. I like my new necklace. It's casual, it's fun, and it has a bicycle on it - good enough for me.
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Afterthought: maybe what I really wanted was not randomness, but spontaneity. (Within bounds.)
Do you prefer symmetry or asymmetry? Do random or spontaneous combinations come easily to you?
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