Friday, April 27, 2012

The Regional Show

Each May, there is a juried regional art show in Westerly.  The show is open to any artist in the area.  This year, for the first time, I decided to enter.  The judges are different each year, and this year they were owners of an art gallery in Connecticut.  I entered 5 pieces, and was surprised and pleased that 4 of them were accepted into the show.  I tried something new on a couple of the pieces, and thought I'd share them all here.
This first piece is a new flower shape I've been exploring. Sometimes I make it with 3 sides, others with 4.  I'll post other examples at later time. For this necklace, I used a nylon cord that compliments the flower.  Two extra attached cords were perfect for flower buds.

A second piece was another blossom cluster necklace. I love the sterling silver chain I use on these - it's full of tiny rings that move and make the blossoms seem alive.  This one uses colors from a different end of the rainbow spectrum, and the blossoms are smaller with ruffled edges.  

The pieces I'm most excited about are the next two.  I have been working on different ways to incorporate beadweaving into polymer.  The coral and brown piece has an insert of flat peyote.  The beading also creates the bail and holds the loop on the cord. The cord is a kumihumo cord I made with copper crystal bicones woven in with other fiber.

The last photos show two sides of the same piece.  The beaded circular flower in the center is open to both sides, letting light pass through.  The small rectangular shape on the buna cording slides to allow size adjustment.  The piece is reversible, with slightly different designs on each side.

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