Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Bead Journal Project - September
I have completed my first 'page' for the Bead Journal Project for the new round. For anyone that is not familiar with this wonderful project, you can read all about it here. You can also view many of the pages from quite a few of the participants last year in the 2007 galleries.
This year there are 259 participants from 16 countries. I am thrilled to be included!
I have named this page 'Swimming in a sea of code'. It relates to my full time job as a Business Systems Analyst. We are in the process of rolling out new software to offices all over the country. Lately I have been learning processes where I have seen and done my best to understand data mappings/translations from old systems to this new one. It can become overwhelming at times - especially this month when I had several deadlines looming.
My pages are 3 inches by 3 inches and will be sewn together to make a small bead quilt when the 12 months are completed. It is a bit hard to see, but there is a fish bead toward the bottom left of the square - that represents me, all the rest is codes, translations and mappings, etc.
I found it exceptionally difficult to do justice to the page with photographs. In person the colors in this page are very bright and the lines are clear. The photos looked either under or over exposed no matter how I changed the lighting. I tried outside, inside, with flash, without flash. But this is the best I could do. Next to the actual piece the photo looks over exposed and the colors look muted.
For this year of the project I have also decided to go back to the way I first learned bead embroidery and am using acid free paper as my stabilizer. You can see in the photos how I basted the paper to the fabric. I marked the guideline on the fabric in which to stay within as I beaded. I have since removed the black basting stitches and tore away the paper up to the edges of the beading.
I have included a photo of the back for anyone that might find it interesting.
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