Saturday, February 06, 2010
BJP 2010, first month...
The Bead Journal Project started another round for 2010 and I signed up for my third year. This time, I am happy to say, I started right on time. I wanted to do something different this round. The last 2 rounds I made pieces that hang on the wall, I wanted something I could wear and decided to go with pins. My second thought was that I did not want to do a standard round, oval or square shape (one of the only rules of the BJP is each piece should be the same shape/size), and I have been feeling like it will never warm up around here - that all led me to flowers.
I also thought I would explore monochromatic pieces, choosing a different color each month. I have almost finished my February piece and so far so good on the monochromatic plan. We shall see if I can stick to that for all twelve months without the pieces becoming boring or me becoming bored with it. I added a second photo here of the front with a little different lighting.
This is the piece for January, I named this one Lily and she is just over 2 1/2 inches around. The face is carved bone, the beads are Japanese and Czech. There are also freshwater pearls and sequins for some texture. This is actually the second version, I was just about complete with the first version, but I didn't like it at all. I did not have the outside edge defined enough and it ended up looking more like an amoeba (or something that swims in a petri dish) than a flower. So it was back to the drawing board for a more defined version of a flower, then cutting a new template.
A big thank you to J, my SO for bringing my vision to life (as well as eliminating my frustration) by drawing a perfect little flower to my specs.
The entire piece is backed with white Ultrasuede, and has a piece of poster board sandwiched between the beaded piece and the Ultrasuede for a little added stability.
*all photos are clickable for a larger view*
I had this grand plan that I would make 12 of these brooches, then as a base - a place to keep/display them, I would fashion some sort of felted flower pot on fabric so each would have its own place when not being worn - I have not completely worked through that idea so am not sure yet what will be in a year as I finish up my last flower. I have lots to learn about felting and sewing before I see that vision come to life.
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