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to catch up on what all of you have been up to.
Today I don't have any art of my own. Rather I am sharing the bead art of Marlene Emmons
. I am proud to say that she uses my Nicole's BeadBacking.
So in her own words, Marelene Emmons
Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, I now live in beautiful Gilbert, AZ. My daughter introduced me to sculptural freeform beading about 20 years ago and the rest of my story is history! Although I do all types of beading stitches, sculptural freeform peyote is still my passion, and I teach when the occasion arises. Some of my freeform work was included in Karen William’s latest book, “Explorations in Freeform Peyote Beading”, pg. 23.
I am so fortunate to belong to the Phoenix East Valley Beaders, a group of 55 women, who are “Celebrating 20 years of Friendship through Beads”. There is a small group of women who belong to the “Bead Art Mastery” (BAM) group, of which I am so privileged to be a member. It is from this group that I have learned to push my artistic thinking from only beaded jewelry to other forms of art with beads.
Grandma’s Lace was beaded on 4” x 4” sensuede piece, backed by NBB, and mounted on canvas squares. One of the doilies was made by my Grandmother and I wanted to honor her memory and her ability to crochet.
Circles of Friendship in my Garden of Life – with this project we had to select an artist that inspired us and I selected Kandinsky since I am drawn to color and movement. The material, made up of many circles in varying sizes, was perfect! Material is backed by a full sheet of NBB, heavily beaded, with added cabochons and flowers then glued to an oval canvas that I painted. The trees, done in right angle weave, were from another challenge in the BAM group and seemed to fit perfectly “in my garden”. The addition of the picket fence and the wording done by my daughter, Kathi Hofferth, on her cricut machine, completed the piece which honors all of the cherished friendships I have gained through beading.
The Vase – After taking Liisa Turenen’s class of the Jeweled Lotus Necklace, I realized the piece would be perfect as a “top” for a vase and that is how this project started. This vase is about 6” tall and was just a clear glass jar, spray painted and then beaded, starting at the bottom and rounding up to the sides. Stitching for each row was decided as I proceeded, including peyote, right angle weave, and hubble.
It was definitely a labor of love and a learning experience.
Angel Bracelet – This pattern is Regina Payne’s “Mountain Girl Bracelet” and was done on blaccelet” and was done on black
NBB, that had been scored with white pen in ½” sections. Scoring the backing is a perfect addition to symmetrical beading!
Linking today to Paint Party Friday.
Honor and integrity in art, in life.