I finished this little piece today. It’s an armature of hammered, oxidized Sterling silver stretched with woven bead work. It’s light and casual and adjustable. I am rocking on this idea of stretching the fabric of my beadwork across wire.
We had a week or two of Spring-like weather. Yesterday Winter returned, quickly freezing over the lake and taking the color out of everything with its cold blanket.
Here’s another experimental piece I recently completed. I have been focussing on creating movement and dimension in my pieces. This piece merges a free form bead weaving- in terms of color and size of beads, with the flexibility of a wire armature. I am using soft Sterling silver wire that has been hammered and oxidized. The shapes I am using are organic and leaf like, but I don’t want it to be literally leaves. I want the shapes to have a sculptural quality that lies comfortably on the neck. I can already figure out ways to reinterpret this particular piece- in color and shape, but I feel like I am reaching towards something that is right for me. The inspiration is a painting by Robert A Warshaw , “In the Desert #2″which I found on Pinterest.
This is a revised version of the necklace where I changed the back of it to be only silver, without any beads. Simplifying the elements makes sense to me.
Wonderland Lake, my back yard, in Boulder. Though much is just a dun-colored wash, the sun going down paints a purply pink glow on the foot hills and reflection in the water.
This is a long, (56″) necklace that loops around the neck two or three times comfortably, with a clasp closure. It’s inspired by the beautiful glass work of Mira Woodworth- and those gorgeous tones of jade, celadon and gold. It has 16 beaded beads interspersed with brass, jade, prehnite, turquoise, etched glass and amazonite .
I am inspired these days by drawing what I see. Though the snow is gone right now, it’s still very much winter.
In November, I was in Nepal for a free-lance design job- working on sweater designs with the knitting artisans who lived in Kathmandu. While I was visiting, I was able to go to a few Buddhist shrines within the city. This beautiful entranceway to a shrine at Swayambhu was filled with jewel tone colors- especially deep teals, turquoises, prussian blue, red, orange and golden yellow. I know that many beaded and knitted pieces will come from this inspiration.
This is a view from hiking in the hills outside of our friends’ ranch in Wyoming in the Gros Vent Wilderness. I long for those lush green hills right about now.