New techniques, tricks and beads

I’ve seen a few cool beadwork pieces done in bead quilling So I decided to give it ago as I have a few ideas that should translate well with bead quilling. Its an interesting technique that focuses on showing the thread as apart of the artwork and shows potential for creating artwork that would otherwise be out of the bounds of other forms of beading. It won’t replace my passion for the peyote and herringbone combination but I will make at least one or two artworks with it and see where it takes me.

I quite like how easy it would be to take this technique in any direction to create a 3d piece and have seen a few that curved easily in places, in a way that you just don’t get with other stitches. I also like being able to show off the thread and just how much thread work there is in even a simple piece. This small Dimond used the better part of a meter of thread. It is also a great way to add in extra colour into the beadwork and not just rely on the beads alone.

I started this pearler sphere the other week and then got swamped with life, so only finished it today. I really only made it to work as a comparison for my other bead work with its large size. It is roughly of a size with most of my larger geometric sculptures. I do kind of love the pop look to it with the sold, bold colours framed with black. Given the length vs. width ratio compared to the delicals I usually use it turned out rather pointed like the size 15s, which had the same kind of lenght vs. width ratio.

You can see in the photo on the right just how big it is compared to a size 15s sphere, even made a whole row shorter. You can also see the colours better in this photo. I used five different colours + the black for this sphere wanting to change it up a bit and it worked out well, with four triangles of each colour. I might make a few more shapes with the pearler beads to us as visual comparisons when displaying my other work. It’s already doing that job in my own display cabint I share with my cousin at home as you can see in the photo below.

On the topic of displaying my work I did hear back from the local community artist program after a few days and have realised that it would only be worth while for an established artist with a large local audience as all that was really provided for a price was the shared space which I am reliably informed is a low traffic area (by acquaintances). I had hoped that the displays would have some marketing done by the managers of the space to promote the program but it seems that little is done to support the local artists and most of what is done, is by volunteers. So I concluded that it would be a lot of running around and expense (marketing and what not) for two weeks of low traffic exposure to a possibly disinterested audience. The price of living in an industrial orientated community.

I’m glad to say that my aunt is doing well after her accident on Saturday and treated myself and my mum to lunch as thanks for picking her up and insisting she get checked out at the hospital just in case. My dad came over this morning to get me to sort out his super so that was fun, but it went better than on Thursday when he didn’t have some of the information and insisted that I still had it from last time. I sorted out my filing cabinet incase I was wrong and did still have it but found nothing. I gave him his paper work back again but kept a copy of the numbers needed for the claim for the next time he wants money so that it goes a lot more smoothly and I can get it over and done with quickly. Why he believes it’s my responsibility to keep track of all his paperwork is a mystery but I think its a I looked after you as a child thing and now its your turn. Apparently I have to look forward to helping him sort out a prepaid funeral in July when his death cover runs out thanks to the lady on the phone who kindly mentioned it would run out on his 70th birthday this year. GURR. Oh well its keeps life mildly interesting. I wonder how long pre paid funerals are valid for? I recon the old man will live till he’s a hundred, or at least into his nineties. We’ve always semi joked about how he’ll out live us all, given what a tough old codger he is.
Anyway there’s only a few hours till work and I want to get some more of my Fibonacci done, before getting back to work on another order tomorrow. It will make five orders so far, I’ve got a little notebook keeping track of them for tax porpoises, no sense in getting into trouble with the tax man over a few dollars.

Alright catch ya later Lou.

Published by Louise

Hey there, most people call me Lou and I am a passionate dreamer and creator of funky beaded creations. I dream of having my creations featured in galleries and am working to make that dream a reality. When I am not working or creating I am spending time with family and friends, reading or watching movies.

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