If it is one thing I’m really good at it is coming up with the perfect design a couple months too late. Still working on turning that around and increasing my studio “action” time borrowing from my dreaming, rearranging and blank staring studio time. I come by it honestly. I remember many occasions when my dad would head down to the basement workshop after dinner and them come up for the 11 o’clock news and my mum would look at me “did you hear the saw at all?” I’d shake my head knowing we were about to hear “still in design phase”.
Today, a wee step forward.
My entry for the Art Bead Scene’s March challenge - during the month of March!
This bracelet was inspired by Adolf Dietrich’s Birds On Riser, 1944. (and the huge spring snow banks outside my door)
Thinking on that springtime snow, I imagined the base of this little feeder and all the little circling footprint of birds and squirrels you would see in that snow, eating up all that fell. I knew I had just the beads from many years gone by to represent this idea.
I made these little polymer coins at least five years ago. They are sanded super smooth and feel like silk, harvested from a simple necklace that never quite had “it”. The wood window bead and little blue bird, from blueberribeads were quick to fall in line. Some teeny pearls pretending to be bird seed and some little pink flowers trying to poke out from the snow finish off my literal interpretation.
Oh, I glossed over the part where I took forever to actually make the bracelet since I couldn’t quite decide how I would have this little guy stand up this way, perpendicular to the polymer coins rather than in line. In the end I’m pleased with the result, just wish I could move the process a bit quicker.
Back in February the ABS challenge featured the work of Paul Klee with The Rose Garden, 1920. I had just created a series of long tassel necklaces in this same palette and the whole month managed to pass on by without me photographing them to share.
True to form, here they are a couple months later. They also feature the darling birds of blueberribeads each sitting on a little crystal “egg”. I created a polymer nest and polymer adorned tassel, along with my little wood burned beads.