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Thursday, 21 February 2013

Art Bead Scene Challenge February 2013


Heijinja, 1941
Tōshi Yoshida
Woodblock Print
(Please note this art is copyrighted and is to be used only as inspiration.)

What first caught my attention was of course the beautiful and striking color scheme with the orange-red buildings and all the subtle hues of beiges, pinks and greys. Secondly I was attracted to the people in the picture, and particularly the lady and the child feeding the birds, and also the beautiful blooming tree. And in fact I started there, and I have a few more sketches laid out for two or three more bracelets that I don't yet know if will end up completing.



But then I somehow ended up with this bracelet. It came about because I one night, as I so often do whilst sitting in front of the TV in the evenings, was making beaded beads. I thought I could maybe make one especially inspired by this challenge. And so, after a few attempts, a new design was born. One that I am very pleased with, and I believe I will end up making many of, but in different color constellations.



I saw the beaded beads inevitably combined with the round opal pink beads in a bracelet. And as a final celebration to the bloomy-ness in the inspiration picture I added one of Joanne Tinley of DaisyChainExtra's absolutely beautiful handmade copper clasps.



On a final note:
I have given myself the task of making at least one piece for every month of Art Bead Scene challenges this year. And I did indeed also make one for January. But for some reason I was never pleased with the photos I took, and the month went by and I had missed my chance to present it on Art Bead Scene. Never mind, it is still sitting here on my table, and when I have the photos I find good enough I will show it to you.

I was inspired to give myself this task by the always inspiring Cece Cormier of The Beading Yogini. She did it last year you see. And I find that for myself I always stretch a bit further for these challenges when I participate. So, there you go. I hope I will be able to live up to my task for all twelve months of the year.


All my best,
Malin

7 comments:

TesoriTrovati said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I love your new beads. I feel that there will be some in my future ;-)
I am delighted that you are doing all the challenges. I had that intention as well and never followed through with January. I did make a pendant for it, and thought I would keep on, but they all sold out. I should just make myself another and join in your quest. Reminds me that I have a piece for February that I would like to post. You have given me inspiration, and Miss Cece too! I always love what both of you produce as it is truly innovative and beautiful. Enjoy the day, Miss Malin! Erin

Niky Sayers said...

Really beautiful, love the colours you have used and your beaded beads are divine!

steufel said...

Oh my, that is awesome!

Jo said...

That is so pretty Malin! Your beaded beads are the perfect compliment to the soft pink. And it's always so lovely to see one of my clasps in a beautiful design!

Kashmira said...

This is such a refreshing, "spring" piece! LOVE it!!!

Melanie McGready said...

So pretty!! I love it!

Erika said...

Stunning & simple, very pretty!!
~erika