TAO In Awe and In Search Review

Today Beadsaholic brings a review of two new beads from The Art Oblivion.

Yesterday saw the release of two new beads from The Art Oblivion In Awe and In Search. Both are barrel shape and same size as the first two barrels released by TAO.

TAO In Awe and In Search are both being released at an introductory price point of $68 for the first twenty-five pieces of each design, after that price both will return to $98. Both are available for preorder and will release on June 1, 2020.

TAO In Awe is such a fun design with a swirling North Star, and as you turn this bead you will find a crescent moon, stars, planets and an asteroid. This bead measures approximately 11 mm high x 14 mm wide. In Awe retails for $98; however, it is currently at the introductory price of $66, until the first twenty-five are sold. 

From TAO: 

   “And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy;

     And you would accept the seasons of your heart, even as you have always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields.

Kahlil Gibran “On Pain”

Over the course of our lifetime, we face many trials and tribulations, many cycles, and seasons within our overall existence. 

At this moment in time, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are facing collective challenges AND creativity that is unifying us – and dividing us – in unprecedented ways. This clarity and conflict toggles minute by minute within ourselves. It can be disorienting. Does it feel impossible to know which way to go?

When a dancer is spinning quickly, they are taught to “spot” one point ahead by keeping it in focus, to avoid getting dizzy and spinning out of control. Let us “spot” on the microcosm of simple everyday miracles, let us  focus on knowing that every feeling is a season, let us keep in mind that every experience is an opportunity to deepen the intimacy and knowing of ourselves – and consequently others. 

“In Awe” is an invitation, reminder, and talisman to be right here, right now; to be with what is uncomfortable as much as with what brings us joy, so we may know ourselves better and develop increased resilience. When things get overwhelming, look up to the sky at the beauty and miracle of light and our ability to perceive it. Let us feel into our connection with the Universe, as all organic matter containing carbon was produced originally in stars. “We are stardust, we are golden” and we are never alone. 

We can combine “In Awe” with “In Search” to keep our feet on the ground while reaching for the stars. To quote Ruth Gordon in Harold and Maude “the earth is my body, my head is in the stars.”

a quick video look at In Awe. 

TAO In Search is such a cool barrel design with so many paths, twist and a Star-like design on one side. The open works cut out on one side reminds me of a river. This bead measures approximately 11 mm high x 14 mm wide. In search retails for $98, but like In Awe this bead is being offered at the introductory price of $68 until the first twenty-five Beads are sold. 

From TAO:

“Not all who wander are lost 

  1. R. R. Tolkien

I have learned that as long as I hold fast to my beliefs and values – and follow my own moral compass – then the only expectations I need to live up to are my own. 

 Michelle Obama

Over the course of our lifetime, we face many trials and tribulations, many cycles, and seasons within our overall existence. 

At this moment in time, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are facing collective challenges AND creativity that is unifying us – and dividing us – in unprecedented ways. This clarity and conflict toggles minute by minute within ourselves. It can be disorienting. Does it feel impossible to know which way to go?

Within tragedy there is opportunity for deep insight not otherwise available to us. It takes deep insight to calibrate our inner compass in order that we may navigate our own way with personal integrity, especially when the way is through uncharted territory. No one can do this for us, and it is essential work if we wish to avoid getting lost in the chaos.

“In Search” is an invitation, reminder, and talisman to be right here, right now; to be with what is uncomfortable as much as with what brings us joy, so we may grow to know ourselves better and develop increased resilience. When things become overwhelming, it is time to breathe in deep, check in with our inner compass and then – only then – set our feet firmly on terra firma, discern our path, and move.

Let us access our connection with the Earth and its diverse topography. Let us absorb the lessons offered by the planet that sustains our existence and that we will go back to once we pass from this world.

We can combine “In Awe” with “In Search” to keep our feet on the ground while reaching for the stars. To quote Ruth Gordon in Harold and Maude “the earth is my body, my head is in the stars.”

A quick video look at In Search. 



Now for a little inspiration. In this first composition I’ve used the Trollbeads Small Round Labradorite on a PHYA Bangle with PHYA Stoppers. 


Now for a Celestial Inspired design. 



Both beads work well in a celestial theme. I’ve used in this composition OHM Glass Beads, OHM Luna 2.0, TAO In Awe and In Search with Redbalifrog Phoebe the Moon, Sun and Moon KISS and finished off the bracelet with the Redbalifrog Star Lock. 


Wrist Shot

Overall, both beads are fabulous designs with lovely symbolism. I really enjoy barrel shape beads on bangles and love that these fit all major brand carriers. They are easy to mix and work well in any composition. 

If you would like to preorder these beads you may do so at the link below. 

The Art Oblivion – Ships from the USA 

As Always, I enjoy hearing from you all and would love to hear your thoughts on these beads? So, leave me a comment below ❤

XO,

Paula 

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