I have decided to submit an application for a juried artisan sale...it is a little nerve racking because I have never submitted before. Here are the pictures I have selected as a representation of my work. Feed back please?
I love the ease of elastic bangles...no clasps to fuss with...closer fit. Elasticized bracelets have can have a beautiful sophistication when made with semiprecious stones. This one features the colour of the year: Radiant Orchid in mountain jade paired with amethyst and gold plated beads. They also make great bracelets to stack. Are you feeling the effects of this long winter..Many stones are purported to have healing properties that enhance the well being of the wearer. Amazonite, a stunning soft ocean blue, helps ease stress and balancing the nervous system. Labradorite stimulates imagination and creativity. Chrysocolla, a beautiful blue and green stone, decreases nervousness. Tiger Eye increases willpower and enhances good luck.
I just love these colours together....the clear turquoise blue Venetian glass squares with the hint of silver inside, the swirling bright blue glass tear drops and the punch of citrusy green stones. This would look fabulous with a t-shirt and jeans or dressed up with your favourite jacket.
Every year the fine designers for Pantone come up with the colour that will represent that year. I think any job to do with colour has to be sweet. I think just naming colours would be the best job ever! This year, 2014, the colour of the year is Radiant Orchid. This fabulous not quite pink not quite purple will be seen everywhere...home decor, appliances, clothing jewelry...etc.
At the same time Pantone also decides the colours of each season, a colour representing each colour on the colour wheel and some shades and hues in between. This is the palette for Spring 2014...
... not really but I am getting a little discouraged with this crazy cold and snowy winter! I need a a little reminder of Spring so when I came across an inspirational piece in Diane Fitzgerald's Favourite Beading Projects book I had borrowed from the library I knew I needed to make a "Springy" piece.
The longing for spring and the first small leaves that peek out from the still cool soil reaching for the warmth of the sun...this necklace embodies the warmth of the many shades of spring green. Glass leaves hang from tendrils of seed beads interspersed with mother of pearl rings in cream and olive held together with a silver toggle clasp. 20" in length
Kumihimo is the ancient Japanese technique of braiding on a large table with a hole in the middle to produce round or flat cords. Silk sari ribbon is a by product from silk sari manufacturing in India. These beautiful art yarns are hand cut strips of silk sari fabric and tied or sewn together end to end and made into skeins by women's collectives in India, from silk that would otherwise be destroyed.
I decide to try an experiment to marry these two ancient Asian cultures into a fun bracelet by adding glass beads.
I think the results are beautiful!
Turquoise and purple sari silk ribbon with
beautiful shades of blue, green and purple glass beads