Friday, October 29, 2010
Her image was the basis of some clever packaging I recently created for some feather and bead hair ornaments.
This year I was lucky enough to find some feather picks; I added a hairpin, covered the base in black velvet ribbon and added just a bit of black beaded embellishment - hair ornaments need to light weight.
But how to present them?
I printed my lady on card stock, cut a couple small slits, added the hairpin and I had it - packaging that protected the feathers, showed how it should be worn, was attractive and had space for a personal note - perfect!
My friends were thrilled and so am I, as I see so many possibilities for this type of functional, attractive and inexpensive packaging.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
And I must say - I LOVE the logo!!! (Yes, I'm just a little excited about this.)
AND, another bit of news, Felicia's interview includes information on my very first giveaway - a gift certificate for $40, to be used in my Etsy shop, Backward Glances, so go check it out!
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Apple Custard Cake:
We have been trying to eat more seasonally and locally; I just picked eggplant, zucchini, green beans and peppers from my own garden, here on Mackinac - yes, on October 23th!
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
I chose this leaf as my representation for October in my larger piece "Cycling".
All the "Cycling" pieces are meant to show the vegetation up close, intimately - depicting an entire tree was not going to work for this project.
Back to all those colors: there are more than 30 different colors of beads in this leaf, and the color of each individual bead is influenced by the beads surrounding it and yet I was unable to completely capture the shimmering colors of that fallen leaf...but at least I tried!
Friday, October 15, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
It's taken me weeks to track down a copy of the issue, but I finally found one in Traverse City.
Well, I'm disappointed.
The article was NOT about the Bead Journal project and my work was simply included as "filler photos" on an article entitled "Beading In The Cooler Months". While the photos are labeled with my name, there is NO contact information provided.
What do you think - was I used or am I being too sensitive?
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Bill Murcko is an incredible portrait artist, his current series involves the fashions of the past, in a variety of Island settings - his work is inspired by the great portrait artists of the past, especially John Singer Sargent.
My work is based on taking the traditional techniques from a variety of eras and reinterpreting them, making pieces that are modern and wearable - but always showing their origins.
Bill and I both choose to honor the past, but we always give the techniques our own point of view and we both expect our work to be treasured in the future - truly we attempt to transcend time!
Thursday, October 7, 2010
A view from above...
In large groups....
This is my favorite time of year - the stunning scene all around me, the crunch of leaves underfoot, snuggling into sweaters and that indefinable smell of the fallen leaves, there's just nothing better!
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
But due to all the rain in the past few weeks, we have an absolute bumper crop of fall fungus and their varied forms and colors can definitely pull your eyes away from those trees.
I've been mulling the idea of a series of bead projects inspired by these beautiful specimens - the textures, colors and contrasts provide lots of potential for creativity.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
This particular sunflower was found on a walk in the woods - how had it come to be growing out in the wild?
The photo I snapped that day was transferred onto silk and has been heavily bead embroidered, as well as bit of silk embroidery.
This is a one of a kind example of wearable art, a statement piece that celebrates the artistic influences of the past in a completely modern style.