The piece below is entitled With a Little Help From My Friends. It is the result of a round robin project by the members of my Friday Night beading group the Loomatics. Members are primarly a group a friends from within the GLBG as well as invited guests. The ground rules were that each member started a piece and each month another member of the group worked on a piece of it. The originator of the piece did not see it until all other members had completed work on it. My piece was the result of totally improvised bead embroidery by all members participating in the round robin. Materials include findings, seed beads, Czech pressed glass and sequins. All embroidery was done on a base of Lucy's Stiff Stuff.
The piece below is entitled Winter's Light and was begun in one of Robin Atkin's classes when the GLBG brought her to Michigan during our Bead Daze week. An annual event where the BLBG brings in at least 4 nationally know instructors to teach workshops that are open to both guild members and guests. This piece includes findings, a button, seed beads, bugles and Czech pressed glass and is embroidered on cotton fabric. The piece is entirely custom framed and even includes painted paper created during a workshop with Robin (Books, Beads and Words) at the center previously known as the Coupseville Art Center in Washington.
The piece below is entitled Healing I. It is composed of sequins, seed beads and Czech pressed glass on cotton fabric. It was created while I was recouperating from knee replacement surgery in 2004. It is a companion piece to the mask that follows. This picture was taken prior to it being framed for the exhibit.
The mask below is entitled Healing Mask. Like the following Mardi Gras and Love's Vision masks it is embroidered on a fabric mask form. Again, this photo was taken prior to having the piece framed. The piece consists of seed beads, Czech pressed glass and seed beads.
The piece below is entitled Love's Vision. It is bead embroidery applied to a fabric mask form. Materials used include seed beads and Czech pressed glass beads.