Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Great Mystery Show

The Great Mystery Show just opened at the American Visionary Arts Museum.  Wow, just Wow!  I love AVAM.  I always say I don't get there often enough but hey I'm getting there more often.  

There's a mirror tree and mosaic wall at the entrance that always make me smile.





It's my go to place when art and color inspired friends come to visit.  :-) 

My friend Susan was here a week or so ago for Kinga's classes and we went to the current exhibit.  We had been following creation of a beaded wedding gown by Jan Huling.  

Okay there are lots of beaded wedding gowns, but Jan's is really different.  It's a 3d printed replica of her mother's wedding gown.  She covered the entire gown and train with 260 plastic tiles covered with beads and embellishments.  "The result is a beaded gown full of the mystery of life’s connecting circles—from the gift and loss of mother, marriage, happiness and peace, to the resolution of a work created in profound gratitude for it all. " (avam)  







Check out the centers of the circles some of them have photos of her mom or other momentos that mean so much to her.


I'm a little obsessed with all the beautiful circles.






  









Look at this little guy guarding the gown.  Just like Cinderella's helpers.


Betsy Youngquist is a favorite artist of mine.  Again sculpture and beads :-)  Gotta love this bunny.



You know how I feel about the eyes of the piece of art.  Love how she handled the eyes on this guy.


These are all done with beads and rhinestones and grout!  This is a more traditional mosaic technique.


 Chris Roberts Antieau also had a new piece at the show.


Check out the birds!!!!!




And just a few more things that amused me.....




Thanks for visiting with me.  If you have a chance, the show will be up through September!  It's worth the trip.

xo
ruth


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Zombie Eyes!!!

My oh my, such eyes you have.  The original eyes on our skeleton were just black holes.  Quite effective but lets dial it up and make him scarier just in time for halloween!  How could I resist the temptation?  These are glass zombie eyes.  If I could have made them twirl I would have, hee hee.


Today was lesson 4 of Boo by David Galchutt.  This is our current mystery class and it is full of surprises. One of the surprises was the amount of Basketweave :-) JK.  For me it was a lot of basketweave but it was the best choice for his bony hands.


His teeth are super quick, glistening long stitches of Accentuate was just the thing to capture the icky yellow teeth.


Last but not least was the pumpkin head on a stick.  Pumpkins are a challenge to stitch.  I always want the ridges and shading to show so not every stitch works.  This one did! 


Again, I love his eyes.  Rings made the perfect frame for them so they look extra special. 

The next lesson is not for a month! We have two big classes in between.  Watch for the next lesson of Santa Fe Felines to be releases too.  Always something fun going on.

See you soon.

xo
ruth 

Friday, October 13, 2017

All about design

I promised another post about Kinga Nichols and her classes at Bedecked and Beadazzled.  They really were super great fun!  She will be back in early 2019 so stay tuned.  You aren't going to want to miss these.

Our third day was all about design.  Everyone started with the same inspiration box.  It was filled with an assortment of different beads and cabochons.  From there we added and augmented and made it our own.


You could design anything you wanted, a necklace, a bracelet, earrings, a box top. Yes, mine was too big to be a necklace for me, so a box top grew out of it.  Go big or go home!  There are no limits.


Kinga worked with each student guiding them with placement and bead choices.  How cool is that? Everyone is doing something different.







Just look at all this creativity.  Awesome!  It's fun to do something totally random and off grid.  Let yourself go and see what happens.

The next lesson of Boo is this weekend.  OMG he has eyes!  Yes, spoiler alert. 

xo
ruth




Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Bead Embroidery Fun

OOOH!  What fun!  Kinga Nichols was here for 3 magical-fun-filled days of classes.  We love it when she visits. 


If you have the chance to take a class from Kinga, do it.  Don't doubt yourself.  Just dive in and have fun.  Her classes are relaxed and fun and she will guide you through all the steps you need to know to successfully finish the project. 


Her teaching assistant Johnny is always there to lend a helping paw.




Day one was Dark Side of the Moon - Fabulous silver rectangles embellished with pretty pearls and beads.  Bet you can't guess that I changed mine to fuchsia :-)



Day two was the Sail Bracelet. Start with a large beautiful focal stone and a bracelet emerges.


Love the mushroom beads on the sides.










I'll share day three with you tomorrow.  We had a design class!!!  So much creativity. 

Kinga always brings a trunkshow.  More opportunities to shop. 


So many beautiful pieces for inspiration.  Can't wait until next time.

xo
ruth

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