Fascinating and utterly mind blowing 3-D sculptures from Ojibway bead artist Nico Williams. Some of us in the bead world have been working on 3-D pieces so these are an inspiration.
Took me a while to absorb what the email was telling me but eventually it dawned – my entry into Bead Dreams 2018 had been juried into the competition. Holy Cow!
You can imagine the butterflies in my stomach while trying to get the critter safely boxed up and ready for mailing.
The whole piece was put together in sections. The flower and stem, the venomous stinger, the 3 claws at the base of the stem, the body, and the ground base. Some of the work was planned, and some I just prayed.
Here is the statement which accompanied the piece:
IS IT REAL? OR IS IT SCIENCE FICTION?
The Day of the Triffids, written by John Wyndham in 1951 was one of the first science fiction books I read and decades later the story still haunts me.
You awake one night to watch a dramatic green meteor shower in the sky, and the next morning you’ve gone blind. Sooooo not cool.
And to top it all, suddenly 7 foot tall, man-eating, walking plants are striding around your streets. Holy Cow! One strike from the venomous stinger and you’re a goner.
Strictly speaking, a Triffid is probably a bio-engineered, carnivorous critter and not an extra-terrestrial. But this is speculation. It’s never made clear in the book where the original Triffids came from, or the green meteor shower.
Whatever the truth (and it is ‘Out There’ – for X-Files fanatics), the Triffids are my favourite possible ET’s.
I’ve not done bead embroidery before so this was a good excuse to see what all the Sherri Serafini type fuss was about. I enjoyed finding special beads and rummaging through my seed bead stash for interesting colours. The design came easily as it is curved sections and each one got filled in as I went along.
These vintage chartreuse wire balls were sooooo perfect. They look like tumble weeds. I found them, along with the looooong bugle beads, in Bead Bullies, a terrific bead shop in Tigard, Oregon. Wish I drove, I would be there all the time. Such a great shop.
I found all sorts of ways to use Czech glass beads, tilas, lentils, spikes. All a challenge and amazing colours. And finally I found a way to use the dragonfly button.
I managed to squeeze in ammonites, more bugle beads, and a funny little nest of interesting round beads. The basket weave worked out pretty well.
The whole thing is made around a coat hanger, styrofoam ball, and cardboard! The stitching for the stinger is herringbone, and the flower and stem are peyote stitch. I tried to grade the colours on both the stem and flower to give some dimension.
All in all, I’m very happy with this piece, and even happier it was selected for Bead Dreams 2018. This is a still from the Facebook video.
Each year the Portland Bead Society garners beautifully made beaded pieces from our members and these artworks can be seen in a variety of libraries around the area. This is a picture of the show mounted at Tigard library, Oregon. You can see a slideshow of the display on the PBS website.
More than 20 years ago I lived on an island in the Caribbean. Last weekend these islands were devastated by Hurricane Irma. Barbuda was where my now husband taught me to snorkel. We sprayed Cheez Whiz into the water. Yes, weird I know but it attracts fish.
I met and married David in Antigua. While we still lived there we went through several major Hurricanes and watched the destruction of property and the appalling looting which took place in the aftermath. Always makes me sad to think we harbour such revolting characteristics in our nature. Fortunately there are also those who don’t descend into depravity. There are people who put their best foot forward and help to re-built homes, infrastructure, and lives, and thank goodness they exist. David and I spent a very long 3 days in our neighbours house waiting for Hurricane Luis to move off the island. We married shortly after as we felt we needed a party! People were so generous, offering Harmony Hall for our wedding and reception.
Hedy Campbell and I became friends while we lived there. She taught me much about art and life, though she may not know it. We both exhibited at Harmony Hall. They have an excellent Art Gallery. In fact, I had my very first solo exhibition there which is an incredible memory. I sold all but one of my paintings during my reception which was gratifying.
Hedy still vacations in Antigua every year. I haven’t been back since I married. However, Hedy and I keep in touch. We both continue our art careers and like to follow each other’s progress and change. Hedy’s work still reflects the warmth and Caribbean style she developed. Above is a picture of the sweetest textile piece incorporating a tiny Caribbean coloured sweater!
Recently Hedy sent me an Artscene article from the Prince Edward Arts Council. A terrific write up on her exhibition at the John M Parrott gallery in Belleville, Canada. I’m always charmed with images of her work and the picture they chose to represent her show doesn’t disappoint. A lovely Dancing Rasta floats across the canvas. Hedy tells me she intends wearing the same outfit when she gives her artist talk.
Hedy works from her studio in Picton, Ontario – Rose Cottage Studio and Gifts. She has a delightful colouring book available – An Artist’s Garden.
When I began quilting erm……. many years ago, Libby Lehman was one of my heroes. I loved her ribbon quilts and even went so far as to experiment with her technique in my April Journal Page. Not nearly as clever as her artwork but an interesting concept I wanted to try.
As the Quilt Museum remarks – her quilts are based on spatial illusions which I am very fond of and am trying out in my Anamorphic quilts. Mine are more trick the eye illusions whereas Libby’s work is 3-dimensional. But we both love fooling the viewers perceptions.
Sadly, Libby suffered a devastating aneurysm and stroke which she is still recovering from and I am delighted the Quilt Museum are honouring her work with this lovely exhibition entitled ‘Joy’. The exhibition is on until October 17th, 2017.
For those of you who enjoy watching quilt videos (in between quilting…..), then the National Quilt Museum now has a monthly video which covers exhibitions at the museum, and discussions about the work and the artists. It’s not a substitute for actually standing in the museum and looking at the work yourself but it does give you a better idea of how the shows look in each gallery.
Might be worth checking out….?
After a few years of NOT having a specialised art quilt competition (I think there was a lot of grumbling at the first competition) The Festival of Quilts in the UK has another art quilt competition. Have a look at the finalists.
I particularly enjoy the story telling in this piece by Laura Kemshall – In and Out of Love.
It’s weird – I’m known for not liking realistic or photo transfer quilts but this absolutely draws me in. I think the content is so meaningful, the imagery so beautifully presented and somehow one feels the push, pull of a relationship in the way the portraits are layered, they are looking forward, away and towards each other. This image will probably stay with me for a long time.
Isn’t this lovely. I could definitely have it in my house. And seriously folks, this IS a quilt.
Have a look at the rest of the pieces on the Studio Art Quilt Associates webpage.
The exhibition is all about water – duh. Can’t imagine why an exhibition called H20h! would have anything to do with water….
Another lovely piece.
Even I find this extraordinary – this is a quilt?
Ever since I got involved in the quilt world I’ve been fascinated at how modern quilters interpret old block designs. Each year a classic block is put out there by the National Quilt Museum and each year I am amazed at how they are interpreted.
This year is Flying Geese.
At first I looked at the winning quilt by Susan Morgan and didn’t really get it. But somehow the colours and design stuck in my mind, and when I saw the title it made sense. Very clever.
I used to think I would make one of these quilts one day but I think I’ll leave it to the experts! Go see some of the other winners.
Many years ago I used to knit. (I still can, I just don’t any more due to time and other interests etc…….). A small group of us would gather at Bob Kelly’s shop, which in those days was in Middleburg, Virginia and is now at Hunt Country Yarns in the Plains, Virginia. Kaffe Fassett was originally known for his incredible knitting patterns and Bob worked as his assistant. There were a few fun anecdotes about Kaffe – none of which I will repeat!
I still have a couple of Kaffe’s knitting pattern books which I keep thinking – one day I will make something – at least a knitted vest maybe….
Anyhow – as you can see, colour is very important to Kaffe – and this exhibition highlights his design senses.