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I actually had good timing this month for the ABS challenge. I had a partially completed a polymer veneer and the inspiration piece sealed its fate.
That patch of sunlight reflection in Winslow Homer’s “Fishing Boats, Key West” was the first part to catch my eye. I then soaked up all those blues (yay more blue!), the flash of red and darker crimson where the hull of the boat meets the water. The first beads I made from this inspiration aren’t yet in a finished piece of jewelry so I will save those for next week. So here is my second thought on this jumping of point.
Has the pennant/bunting trend passed? I don’t know, it’s been around for a while but you know I’m not over it yet. I ended up with these fun pennant beads when I folded my “boats” in half – see it?
Here is the flip side (slightly different waves)
This is when I start to wonder, when is simple too simple? Here is the part of the ABS rules that worries me:
***Beads strung on a chain, by themselves and beads simply wire or cord will not be accepted.***
I feel I have designed with art beads, ones made by my hands, seven of them actually -- BUT they are strung only on a silk cord (my reference to the sail) and the only other component are the ebony wood beads at either end to keep all the beads on the silk (what’s a boat without some wood?).
I understand the reason for the rule of course, in it’s essence. I thought about how I might change this design, but I really like how versatile it is without any additional beads or knotting of any sort. This allows you to tie it up tight at chocker length with the tails down your back, or tie a bow and wear it to the side, or even tie like a lariat and have the pennants up one side.
I actually find it nicest a little higher up than in that first picture, and it does sit nicer than I’m showing on the far right, but you get the idea. It’s light as air, can be worn at least six different ways (remember it’s reversible) so I think that’s designed, right?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on how you approach simple designs. I’m going to go ahead and submit this entry and let the powers at ABS say yea or nay.