Bonnie Reid's handmade jewelry is inspired by connection, beauty and nature. We asked her to share a little more about her business, Wandering Bird, and her exquisite work.
How did Wandering Bird get started?
Wandering Bird started when I was living in San Francisco. That city just breathes creativity, and I am blessed to have made many talented friends there. They taught me a few tricks about jewelry, and from there it's pretty much been self directed. We'd travel to gem fairs, buy beautiful strands of beads, and sit around listening to music and making things.
How did Wandering Bird become a business?
When I moved back east from San Francisco my mom was ill. I was bartending and customers would ask to buy my earrings right off my ears. I have always loved beading, ever since I was a child. It's extremely meditative. Creating things at that time eased the stress of worrying about and taking care of my mom. I am always very prolific in times of stress.
You talk about Wandering Bird as an extension of the contemplative practices in your life. Can you say more?
I am a certified yoga instructor, and yoga has taught me a lot about stress and anxiety management. More importantly, it has taught me a lot about connection. I feel most connected when I am creating. I often create a piece of jewelry to honor an experience I had. The colors and designs I choose often emulate my experiences. Whether it was something I encountered while traveling, a favorite lyric or line from a poem or a person who has inspired me. And as I said earlier, beading, for me, is meditation.
What do you do when you aren't making?
I teach 5th grade at an incredible school in Central Falls called The Learning Community. My students often give me feedback on my designs. ;)
What has been your experience at The Flea?
I am amazed by the positive feedback I have been given from so many Flea Goers. Creating art and offering it to the world is a very vulnerable process, just being told what I create is beautiful is so gratifying and humbling.
I have absolutely loved participating in the Providence Flea. I have met so many amazing people and everyone on the Flea team have been so amazing. I am proud to say this Sunday will be my 6th Flea!