The Promise – bead embroidery shoe sculpture

"The Promise" -- bead embroidered and felted toddler shoe

My bead embroidery sculpture  of my daughters’ toddler shoe won a Judge’s Award at the El Paso Art Association’s Colors of Spring show this past weekend.  It will be on display until March 28th.  Here’s a link from the website so you can see the other winners and pieces there.  It was a nice show and exciting to see paintings and photography represented.  http://www.crosslandartgallery.com/current-exhibition.html  Many thanks to the Damon Crossland Insurance Agencies for their support of art in El Paso and this show in particular.

beaded embroidery shoe sculpture

beaded embroidery shoe sculpture side view

beaded embroidery shoe sculpture

beaded embroidery shoe sculpture side view

beaded embroidery shoe sculpture back

beaded embroidery shoe sculpture back

I started the front panel of this piece right after they outgrew the shoe but just completed it these many years later.  It is amazing how much more time you have when the kids are more self sufficient, the rest of the panels seemed to create themselves.  I had such a good time making it!

The Promise front view

The Promise front view

 

 

Hearts all around

Freeform small art quilt as a thank you present for Wendy.  I made this earlier in the fall, but forgot to put it up on my blog, and since I haven’t done all that much this year, sad to say, I’m adding the photos I’ve forgotten along the way.  So there will be a flurry of blog activity, again, and perhaps a chance blogging will continue in some regular manner in the new year.  HA!  anyway…this was a learning experience, mostly recycled fabrics, some quilt fabrics, yellow daisy lace, tons of hand embroidery and beading, and I had a blast doing it.  It’s a tad wonky as you will see in the finished picture, but perhaps it adds to its charm.  in any event, I think I know how to fix that on the next quilt.

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CIMG1707Free floating hearts

The next quilt is cut and on the design board, for the girls’ bathroom, in teals and hot pinks with some greens.  I will start sewing the strips this week.

A Fresh Start wins

My beaded/felted palette sculpture, A Fresh Start, won a Juror’s Recognition Award in the Arts International show Exciting! It’s unfortunate that in the photo below it looks like that cool painting by Jose Clemente (see more of his work) appears to be munching on the palette!

My dh made the little slanted pedestal inside the case AND the wooden pedestal it sits on, on short notice, and without complaint! He’s fabulous.

Photo of palette on stand

A Fresh Start with another show

I just got the news that “A Fresh Start” has been accepted for the Arts International exhibition this year. I’m excited, especially because it’s in a new venue: the historic Union Depot. With its high ceilings and lovely windows and architecture, I think it’ll be great for the show.

After not getting into Craft Texas with this piece, I’m pleased it will show locally. The show opens on September 25th, so stop by if you can!  Palette photo

C’est Finit! The barrette is done and just in time…

From Bead Embroidery projects

With the weather so hot these days, I’ll need this and several other barrettes to keep cool. The focal bead is a piece of dichroic glass I bought from a smallish internet bead vendor whom I highly recommend: Purebeads. It was several years ago that I bought it, saving it for “something or someone special” and finally decided to use it for myself.

I did the edges in blanket stitch with a varigated blue/teal Oliver Twist “Over the Top” thread, given to me by Wendy The backing is a teal suede. I’m quite pleased with how it turned out and it’s lovely in my hair!

I think I’ll try and make several more but make interesting fabric, either with needlefelting or FME on cool fabric given to me by friends who actually get their hands stained dying the stuff! I don’t know about you, but I’m not caught up (yet) in the passion for dying/screen printing/monoprinting, overdyeing, etc. etc. I figure I have enough fabric now to last several lifetimes, I don’t need to create more! having said that, I adore the samples and bigger pieces sent to me by generous friends who DO engage in the messy stuff. Want to see some of their work? Yarngoddess, Anne Marie, and Wendy are some of them….

You can see other barrettes and smaller bead embroidery pieces by clicking on the album name, bottom right of the photo .

Persistence

Well, got the official note today that neither piece, A Fresh Start nor the Mommy Glove got accepted into Craft Texas. It was a long shot, that I knew, so I’m ok with it, but a bit bummed.

So, ever the librarian, I went in search of persistence/rejection quotes. Here are several I liked, maybe they’ll speak to you too.

If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success – but only if you persist. (Isaac Asimov)

Your persistence is your measure of faith in yourself. (Author unknown)

I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen. (Frank Lloyd Wright)

How you react to rejection is important. It is not the rejection of others that truly affects us, the problem occurs when… that rejection by others causes us to “reject” ourselves. (Chris Tyrell)

And the last from Robert Genn, artist and creator of the Painterskeys website, the source of these art quotes.

It is necessary to put yourself out for rejection, and accept that you will be rejected. (Robert Genn)

I guess that’s why they call it….

Cobalt

Cobalt Blob

THE BLUES…..

The Blue

Blue Blobs

Cerulean blue comes to life

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Here’s the latest in the bead blobs.  Three more to go.

CIMG2037You can see that I’m varying the heights and fullness of the blobs.  Crimson was wild, out of control; violet more subdued, and cerulean coming into its own a little fuller and spiky. 

 

Bead Palette

Palette and fiber embellished substrate
Palette and substrate

Here are all the pics of my new bead embroidery project.  Still have to come up with a neat name for it, but for now it’s, unimaginatively, called “The Bead Palette”.  For more information, see my older blog.

Cadmium Red

Cadmium Red

Cadmium Yellow

Cadmium Yellow

Crimson

Crimson

Burnt Sienna

Burnt Sienna

Cadmium Orange

Cadmium Orange

 

Violet

Violet