Saturday, May 8, 2010

Ripple Effect

This is the second piece I hope to have accepted for the exhibit at the new museum here on the Island.

It has personal meaning for me; my first forays into beading involved creating reproduction Edwardian era purses or reticules. While this piece uses a antique frame and could be used as a functional evening reticule, it doesn't have much resemblance to those early reproduction creations!

The base is right angle weave in beads of a variety of sizes and colors, which shifts from the top to he bottom of the bag.

The main ornamentation is a triple layered "splash", constructed in free form peyote, again with beads of many colors, sizes and shapes. There is also a piece of drift wood, being pushed adrift.

The main inspiration is, of course, the water my home is surrounded by, an attempt to capture the elusive everchanging colors and textures.

It also illustrates how interconnected everything is in such a small community, an action that seems no more significant than the toss of a pebble can cause an everspreading "rippling effect".

And just for fun, here's the pebble - when I can make it work, I like to include a bit of tongue-in-cheek humor.


  1. i like it! looks like it took a whole lot of work.

  2. Breathtakingly beautiful! and a wonderful story about it's inspiration!

  3. Beautiful!! Just beautiful!