Saturday, July 19, 2008
March Bead Journal Project (BJP)
Beading through the darkest hour. This is the piece that allowed me to get over the 'hump' of my beading slump. I decided to be gentle with myself and not force it. One of the reasons I hesitated to pick up needle, thread and beads was because I felt I was forcing it.
I generally go for a more bead encrusted look, but was terribly uninspired for March. I was leaning toward an Easter and Spring theme - I had this cute raku chick I wanted to incorporate.
The beautiful material came from a friend of mine (Anne). She made a wonderful tote with the 2 colors of material seen here. The raku chick (how cute is that?) was created by the wonderfully talented Lisa Peters of Lisa Peters Art. If you have not seen her stuff, do yourself a favor and peruse her website or her Flickr photostream. You're in for a treat!
The sun is represented by vintage French sequins and bugle beads.
Next up... fun in July.
Leaves of Grass
This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body - Walt Whitman