Oh happy day!!! The day of my very first Bead Soup Reveal!!! I have been blessed to be a part of this amazing artist colony for the past couple of months and this experience has taken me to a new level in my personal artistic endeavors. I sincerely appreciate the efforts of our coordinator Lori Anderson whose vision and work on this project has been nothing less than super-human. Bravo to you Lori and my heartfelt thanks!
I was also blessed with the amazing Alice Craddick as my partner. This incredible woman has faced so many difficulties with so much grace in the short time I have known her. Despite all of her challenges, she still managed to get her project posted ahead of me and it is so very lovely. Who knew that my humble bead offering could be turned into masterpieces such as hers!!! You can visit Alice's blog at: http://www.alicesbeadsandbaubles.blogspot.com/ Bravo and many thanks to you, dear Alice!!! You are my very first Bead Soup partner and will always hold a special place in my heart!
As a relatively new beader, I found myself incredibly humbled and challenged by the task of creating something unique and enduring out this soup I received from Alice.
I struggled greatly with the orange and green bugle beads and decided early on that I did not want to do a holiday related piece. The red jade focal was so gorgeous and I was terrified that I wouldn't do it justice. I struggled greatly with "beader's block" and even felt at one point that I would need to pull out of this project. I know however, that one of the most profound strengths we can develop in our lives is the ability to face our fears and Churchhill's words ~ "never give up . . . never surrender" ~ have guided me through many of my journey's challenges. And so I looked with new eyes and renewed faith and found possibilities that fired my creative imaginings. I saw warmth in the rich hues of the seed beads, tenacity and enduring strength in the bronze beads and fittings, and comfort and security in the duel clasps. This new found inspiration motivated me to try new techniques ~ Kumihimo beaded braiding, metal working and wire-wrapping ~ and it was through these endeavors I ultimately satisfied my personal challenge for this project. The name of my piece is GENESIS because it truly symbolizes the evolution of my artistic abilities.
Thanks to all the other artists whose work has been so incredibly inspiring to me. For your own generous dose of inspiration, check out all their amazing creations at: