Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Fashion is at a fun place right now. I really relate to bohemian Chic. I love natural materials and gifts from nature. I am trying to think of ways to incorporate the amazing chunks of mica I find around the woods here. I am on a feather kick at the moment. These necklaces are fun to wear because the feathers catch the breeze as you move and since tethered will flutter. The feather makes a nice background for other handmade charms and recycled beads.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Second bead project. I am working in my colors. Pearls and white bone. A big clear glass heart bead made from recycled glass. Linen in a tattered and fringed way. I always come back to nature. Soft and romantic. The shape of the dress is yet to come. The chiffon is only gathered and pinned. I know for sure the dress will be backless. working out the other details.
I am enjoying beading! Who knew? It is a lot like mosaic work and evolves as you go.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
When I was little my Irish mother used summer as a time to teach us creative skills. Alternative learning. The arts were an every day part of life in our house. Someone was always making a dress or new summer top. I remember making kid suede rose barrettes. They would be perfect with romantic bohemian chic looks. My dad made me a bead loom and drove me to a bead supply house in Boston to purchase giant bags of glass seed beads. I still have those big coffee cans full of beads. I remember trips to Natick Mall to an incredible old school button shop called 'Windsor Button'. Learning new skills was a way of life.
I still view summer as the lazy days of experimentation. The pace of life changes... (not slowing down, just different) I find myself on road trips to towns and cities I don't usually get to during the busy school year. I find evenings filled with more down time, and no check lists of school work or projects that must be completed. I cherish those evenings and view them as my time. I am using my free time this week to try my hand at beadwork. I am working on turquoise suede and using my spare glass bead collection.
Any critiques, advice or helpful tips are welcome! I hope to finish this cuff bracelet by the weekend.
Sunday, July 4, 2010
The pages were falling out. Someone loved it dearly. Pencil and pen marks point to species that have been found and identified. I love a well worn and loved book. I found the owners own attempt at drawing the butterflies tucked inside the book. I think I will frame it even though it is torn and water stained. I also found a 'golden' butterfly and moth book from 1942, a 'field guide'.
I made this pendant from the field guide. The other antique book may be a potential for restoration.