Illuminate 2021

ok so since my last post I have practically done next to no bead-weaving, its a shock I know but to take the photos for my last post I had to clean up my desk so that I would have enough space and I might have gone on a bit of an organising rampage in my studio/bedroom. And as I have a lot of stuff crammed into one room things had gotten a little out of hand. There was a lot of dust and I took no preventive measures so got sick.

UGH. anyway other than going to work I’ve been taking it easy and other than some gunk that refuses to move off my lungs I’m feeling much better. The moral of the story is not do a spring clean in winter and wear a dust mask.

Any who yesterday was a huge day out with pre booked events, one of which was the illuminate event. We’ve been to previous ones before and there are always cool things to look at.

Usually it’s been held at the botanic gardens but this year it was spread out along the Bluewater trial along the river front. I think maybe the idea was that if it were spread out then it would be more covid safe or something and although it was a free event you had to get tickets for a time and a night in advance. I picked 6pm as its usually dark in winter but it didn’t quite get there last night. We were really disappointed by how crowed it was, there was hardly room to move and getting pictures without other people in them was an unwelcome challenge. It was not covid safe at all so I really hope Mackay’s luck has held.

There were as I have said some cool things to look at but on the whole it was much of the same from the other years and apart from the dancing man at the end lacked anything really exciting.

So between that all the push parents, the over crowdedness and the massive safety hazard of crowed of people crossing busy roads where Mackay drivers speed about (how they managed to get insurance considering is beyond me, let alone how they paid for it) it was a bit of a flop for anyone who didn’t have kids. I think it took us less than half an hour to view the whole thing.

Which is a shame because it is such a good idea, and the other years that we went were worth while, this year was just let down by the details and well as having not much art. That and having too many people crowed in. I had though that the time allotments and tickets would have gotten rid of the unfortunate crowding issue and though I understand they want to get as many people in to see the beautiful art work it was a massive detractor. May of the art works we couldn’t get close enough to get a good look at and while some were interactive, even the ones that weren’t had people surround them.

Hopefully it will be held again next year, with less crowding and maybe some children free time slots as not all of us have children and while it is a great even for them it would be nice to be able to view the art with out random kids getting photos with it. Really they would only need one or two child free slots as the majority of people did have kids from what I could see. It would also be good if they picked a safer, road crossing free environment. Hopefully they start planing it now and will have heaps of exciting things for next year and maybe some of the art work will be social distancing so people can actually see them. Some performance art would have been a fantastic addition to the event.

Other than that I spent most of yesterday at Azure glass with mum. I designed this massive square to use in some of my photos of my bead work though I think Grace the lady to runs Azure glass might have struggled a little with my lack of artistic flare. Though give that it was an all day class and cost a fair chunk of money she might have been worried that I wouldn’t be satisfied with my one rather boring piece. She needed have worried I love it and did add some extra thin lines to spice it up a bit. I think it will look super cool in photos and i can have it with the light shining through the clear parts or I can put something behind it to add more colour. I also mad a stripe coster with the left over green, orange and clear glass. Mum was more adventurous with hers and made a sandwich tray, with lots of different blue rectangles that kinda looked like a city sky line all around the edges and another one with some daisies on a background of chunks of clear glass so it will have a lot of texture. I’ll post some pictures in a couple of weeks when they are done.

Spikes!

Well my first full week at my new job went well though it was a busy week as usual. I’ve been working on my Silver spike creation and have finished the second layer after a few hiccups. My computer also had a hiss fit and would not let me airdrop photos las week so I had no photos to do a post with when I had time last week.

Ok so about my lates project has currently used about 9,057 beads, 12 metal skewers a lot of thread and one set of lights. its all in size 11 delica beads and is so far made with three shades of silver.

I’m not super happy with how the lights turned out but that is something I’ll have to work on the next time I use lights in a sculpture. The first and second layer are not joined in any way, nor are the spike actually attached to anything, I just sloted them into place and folding over the second layer pulled them mostly into place. The third layer should tighten up their placement even more hopefully. It is roughly 16 inches tall and 16 inches wide so it is already my biggest sculpture to-date if not the one with the most beads yet.

My cousin Kea and I went on an adventure yesterday to find the six giant

Gouldian Finches that are currently hanging out around Mackay’s city centre. My fave one was on the Artspace roof as it was so close and was peering down at us. They were previously installed across Queensland’s capital city as Messengers of Brisbane, and were created by internationally renowned artist Florentijn Hofman.

Each finch had slightly different colouring and some were near other artworks along the blue water trail. I’ve also seen some of them at night as they are set up with lights but my phone is not that great at photos.

This other one was at the Bluewater lagoon and was close to the one at Canelands as well. it was also fairly close to the ground so easy to get a decent photo of.

I also ended up tidying up my room with the help of moveable trolly tray organisers and while my room still need a little work it is so much better than it was. There is also some workshops at the moment making birds from recycled plastic for a large installation which I will try to take part in maybe this week or next week, as it seems like fun.

I don’t share a lot of photos of me actually beading as it really takes both hands and a fair amount of concentration but I felt the need to capture working on this on so you could see just how tricky it was. I had holes in my shirt from where the skews poked through, lucky I picked a shirt with a loss weave so that I could smooth out the holes. Kea pointed out that it was probs a good thing that I wear glasses or I could have ended up poking my eye out. I don’t know whats going on with my eyes but to be fair this was late at night or after a late night.

I did pull it apart at one stage to fix the spikes as I had joined them together with zip ties but they were difficult to get in place and I was worried about breaking something trying to move them so ended up pulling it a part and taking the zip ties off so that things went more smoothly. Thankfully it didn’t take much of an opening to get it done and was easy enough to stitch back together. Though one of the spikes had moved out of place when I was stitching it back together so I also had to cut open the second layer and fix that as well, before adding in the final parts of the second layer.

I also started adding to my tower base again and I fell like I was faster than I was before but it is still going to be an in between projects job because it is very time consuming still. I think I’ll be working on the fairy garland after writing today and then I’ll work on finishing the two original design dresses I’ve started and had sitting around for months.

Hum other than that I don’t really know but I will try very hard to get out another post this week to make up for the lack of a post last week.

Here is a photo of Millie pretending to be. a meek lap cat and not the monster who has been tearing up the house of late and bullying the other cats. Oh well some times she’s sweet.

Lou.

Just too Cute.

I came a cross the teddy bear pattern last week and had to buy it. these bears are super cute. The one on the left is my first attempt and my very own bear, the second is redesigned by myself as a panda and the third with the super cute bowtie is mums bear, that she asked for. And I must say that I do have plans to make more of them. Also they remind me of the teddy bear items from Animal Crossing New Horizons and I am currently in the process of making a acnh theme diorama for my bear and panda to hang out in with their future friends.

And I also brought the picnic set pattern that went with the teddy pattern so they will all be enjoying a lovely picnic, with acnh inspired decor, like the little star wand in this photo. I Don’t really play acnh much any more as I spend way too much time on it when i do but it really is a cute game and super inspiring with all the amazing decorations and items.

On the topic of patterns I also have a few other cute ThreadABead patterns in my folders to make and hopefully I’ll make them soon.

The panda idea came from looking at the bears from acnh and after looking up images of pandas I made a few simple changes to the colours in places and here is the little panda. Unfortunately I didn’t have the right beads for the eyes or noses for the bears and did have to make do but they are still super cute. ThreadABead have so many wonderful and amazing patterns that if you are a beadweaver and haven’t found them yet you really must check out their website. I’ll add the link in below.

Hum other than that I’ve been super busy with work and am very glad to have gotten a new job.

This week has made me very glad indeed that it is my last with one company, though I will miss working with several staff members but it would have been the same if I had stayed at any rate.

After this week I am going to be super weary having worked day shift and night shift on a few days as well as working five days in total and of course working every day on my beadwork.

As well as the diorama I will also be starting a new sculpture and working towards finishing the fairy garland, which I had put on hold having not been able to mange applying for the competition I had wanted to enter it in dew to circumstance. I might have more news some time this week but we shall see.

All the best Lou.

Moving on…

Yay the stella Dodecahedron is done and looks grand. I am pleased with the way it turned out.

Also I have exciting news on the job front, I’ve accepted the job I tired out last week and will start full time in two weeks after the school holidays. so I’ll be super busy these two weeks but it will give me a chance to pay my rego and all the other things that need paying atm

I am also super keen not to have such a convoluted timesheet to fill in every two weeks and also to be paid weekly, its been so long. And having regular hours will get rid of a lot of my current stress.

Ok back to beading. I finished my venom ball last night or at least as long as I don’t decide to add to it… we shall see. I do like how it turned out but it is a bit more flexible than I would like. Also I finally brought metal skewers for a project I’ve been thinking of for a while, it might possible include mirrors as well, we shall see.

On Thursday mum took me to the new craft store/ cafe at the leap and she brought as both a sewing case for our bags. It makes finding our needles and things easy to find and I love the clear front that makes it easy to see what I have in it. Way better than using zip lock bags that eventually break after a few uses and can be hard to find in my bag. I also brought some super cute cards, and some drippy, sticky marmalade. it is delish.

Mum and I also had scones and I had tea, while we were there. They weren’t quite as good as aunty Joyce’s scones but nobody’s are and there were some of the best I have tried. The Black Cherry Jam was also great and I feel like I need to find a jar of my own. It must be a popular choice as I got the last of it.

Oh and last but not least

Is this glorious winter star by Tracey Lorraine. mine is missing some of the decorations as I don’t have many bi-cones but it still looks fab. I’m thinking of tweaking the design a little to make it a bit more snowflake like, as I was asked to make a snow flake and this was the closest 3d pattern in the beads I use. Tracey has heaps of stunning patterns and I have a few more of hers in my folder to make eventually and I am sure I will buy more still when I have the chance.

Alright as I have a split day shift I had better get cracking on my beading for the day.

Lou.

Way to busy…

Well I finished this beautiful star designed by DiMarca for a trade I made with my cousin Kea whom I am on a mission to mention more then a certain cat who I mention all the time. Mostly because she pointed out that I mention the cat more. I didn’t really have to make the star for a few months yet but I like to get things done as things have a way of going a stray. And work has been over the top. Today I had a 6am to 8am shift and didn’t get home till 8.30am because of dropping off keys and traffic and I will have to go again in about an hour for a 11.30am to 12.30am shift and then i have a 1pm to 2pm shift and there is my day gone.

The good news is that tomorrow I have a trial shift with another company and if it goes will I will have a Monday to Friday job with a set roster and one whole shift per day. Leaving me time to make art and blog about it in my free time. It dose mean for the next three weeks I will be super busy unfortunately but it’s better to get a job that works for me other wise I might as well go back out to the mine camps and that would totally suck.

Any who I am excited to have gotten the bulk of my stella Dodecahedron finished and should be done in the next few days, maybe tomorrow depending on how much i get done tonight after work.

It dose look rather cool as it but I want to make a complete one this time. Maybe next time I can make one as a lamp or something cool like that, in SL sliver.

On the cards for the next few weeks are a small teddy bear I brought a pattern for from Threadabead which is so super cute I couldn’t pass it up and mum wants me to make her one. and I have an idea for a small beehive that I should make while I am thinking about it, a hat for a barbie doll, custom stars I’ve designed and some dresses I need to finish.

Well I want to get some beading in before I go to work but I will try to post again in the next few days with up dates and some photos from my trip yesterday with mum and Sonya.

Regards, Lou (alone with the cats.)

Tea Time.

How cute is this funky little tea set designed by Ziva Averbuch. I brought the pattern a while ago and have been meaning to make it ever since. You will have to blame me for the colour choice though in this photo as I really desperately need to get more opaque beads to work with for cute projects like this. I did also change the lid a little to suite myself. The sugar cubes are just the cutest and I know they don’t come in pink but oh well call it artistic licence.

For those of you who are bead weavers you can find the fantastic pattern on etsy @zivadesigns.

Hopefully you’ll see a few more fantastic things from patterns I’ve brought so you can see stuff from more amazing designers on my blog. There are a few out there and I will do my best to highlight them.

For my own work I’m playing around with clear beads and coloured thread. These ones have a rainbow sheen to them and I think it unfortunately effects the visibility of the thread, and I don’t have many pure clear beads at the moment but they will absolutely be on the to order list as it is a super cool idea and would be fab for people to actually see the thread and how the beadwork is actually held together as some people think I’ve glued them until I explain as they can’t see the thread.

My cousin and housemate Kea has noticed that one of the cats Millie gets mentioned more than she dose so I would like to give her a shout out as she cooks me food and keeps life interesting. She did also help me with my Art CV as I am not very good at selling my self or my skills. You would think that having a love for writing that I would of all people be great at it but no.

On the blog front I’m setting my self the goal of writing a post once to twice a week no matter how busy or drained I am as I think it is kind of important to have a journal of sorts of my journey to look back on and because I’ve hit the 50 followers mark and am so surprised, excited and grateful that so many people have taken an interest in my little blog. Its more than I was expecting to be truthful but it is inspiring to know that people are interested in my miniature world of beads.

All the best Lou.

P.S I have some exciting news to announce in the next few days 🙂

Other peoples art!

Guardians of Well being 2020 by Soraya Abidin. I love the lates exhibition at my local Artspace and I was super excited to find a form of beadwork in my local gallery. This fantastic creation has beads embroidered on it and was my fave item in the show though miniature dresses by Sai-Wai Foo did come a close second. Mum actually came with me to the artspace and the Jubilee community centre as I wanted to see the Jubilee space as I am thinking of applying to hold an exhibition there to buff up my CV and get some experience with exhibiting. I’ll keep you informed as I go.

the Jubilee space had some fantastic wire sculptures, hand woven sculptures and some fun glass panels full of colour. Mackay and the surrounding areas has some really talented crafters and artists.

Talking about craft I have applied for membership to a large crafter guild and am waiting to hear back from them, I should get an email this afternoon or possible Monday so fingers crossed as membership would be a great boon and will help several other plans along.

Mum is a good egg, she took me to Chances cafe where we enjoyed breakfast although we don’t recommend the coffee (we plan to order different drinks next time) and she also payed it forward, by paying for a meal for a homeless person which is a service that the cafe provides. They also help people to up skill and they have a few other positive community programs happening i believe. Today was also lunch with dad and I mentioned that I wanted wire like kebab sticks and wanted to check out Bunnings after our usual lunch on the harbour wall and they didn’t even have the metal kebab sticks that dad says they always have.

So he decided we also had to look at silly sollies, then in Kmart, which did have kebab sticks but they were super large and too big for what i wanted and then I decided to look in the kitchen shop but they had nothing but said Woolworths had them. Nothing in Woolworths or Coles. I had found some in Canelands yesterday but had thought they were a bit too wide and kinda regret not buying them. Hopefully they will still have a couple of packets left the next time I’m in Canelands as I want them for a beadwork project and am sure I can make it work even it they are a bit wider that I really want. I did by a small set of kitchen scales so that I can weight items for posting.

I’ve been super busy making up things to sell in my new shopify shop that I was getting a bit worn out with it so took a break to make a pattern I have had for a while which I will hopefully post about tomorrow (given that the designer is ok with that.) and have continued on with this sculpture I started several weeks back. It is in the same style as my Golden orb but with just one layer and done in a metallic style bead rather than a silver lined one. I intend to make a collection of different sculptures each a different colour. I really love how the shape and the light shade and highlight different areas and effects how the colour looks.

I have started to put it together and am super pleased with how it looks so far. Unfortunately the photos just don’t do it justice. I will keep working on this one on the weekend but tomorrow I will be making a star for my cousin Kea that I had traded her for cute masks she made me a while back. There is no rush as it is a Christmas thing but I will feel a lot better once I have it done as I have a tendency to get distracted. Other than that my aunt’s friend who we helped with the object speed date even, did me a solid and emailed a lady in the arts development department introducing me so that she might be more likely to respond to my request to point me in the right direction.

I’ve also been playing around with a few ideas for some specific stuff for my artspace application. Don’t hold your breath for news about it though as I might not be ready to apply until the next round.

Anyway I have to finish my dinner and get ready for work, which apparently I won’t get home until about 12pm tonight. Ah the things we do to pay the bills and get by.

Until next time Lou.
(thanks for dinner Kea)

Limited Edition?

I’ve been thinking about doing a limited edition set of baubles and/or a stand alone set to go with my Shapes series as a way to raise money to buy the supplies to keep making it and get pro photos taken. I figured this might be a nice way for people to feel involved in the series. My idea is to have each of the three shapes come with a card that has the name of the shape, facts about it, a photo of the original shape in the collection and a bit about the shapes series (a different part about it for each shape). I like the idea of having these as baubles because they are rather different and stand out. And I also figured I could do some baubles in Christmas colours (or customised) for people who have colour themed decorations.

I’ve already made one of the cuboctahedrons in white and I think it would look amazing on a black or blue Christmas tree.

On the shopify front it is currently up on FB and is giving me a huge headache but will hopefully be worth it in the end. Delicate By Lou is also now an officially registered Australian business and I will continue working on my store and getting my artwork out there as well, so I can eventually spend more time on my beadwork. It dose mean you might not see any new sculptures for a while though but I will be doing more baubles and things for visuals so you’ll see new ones of those.

Other than that I don’t have much else to say on the beading front but mum did take me out for a High tea at Dolphin Heads Resort yesterday for a Cancer Council Australia’s biggest morning tea and it was fab.

If your in the Mackay area than I recommend keeping an eye out for more High teas and events as apparently Dolphin Heads are planing on making them a monthly thing.

All the Best Lou.

A little star shine

I’ve always loved looking up at stars in the night sky and stories about stars have been about even since humans started to tell stories. We are in fact made up of the stuff from stars. Anyway the original plan had been to enter this into a competition (once done) but for several reasons it’s just not going to happen. Still I’ve been working on it and will hopefully have enough beads to get the vines done so that I can wind it into shape and work on the leaves and flowers if it’s not over doing it. Hopefully next fortnight I’ll be able to apply for Craft Victoria and set a few things in motion.


I’ve never really edited photos much but with my lack of decent lighting I ended up mucking about on light room and though I need practice the results look closer to real life than the original photo. And given that I want the colours to be as close as possible I think that it will be really important to learn to use the photo editing tools.

I did a bit better editing this photo and am pleased with how close the gold came out to real life. And yes I am still working on the golden set. its up to one tree topper and eight open baubles. though it has taken a back seat to the fairy garland. I was thinking of doing a Christmas in July thing but am not sure as it seems a bit cheesy and I really don’t know if that is something people are interested in or not. Hum maybe I’ll put some feelers out and see if it is something people are interested in. Well I’m not likely to do it in any event as I’m not really that interested in doing it.

Millie has been hanging about as usual and taking every opportunity too but in as she is of course more important than any thing else in the universe. She is right of course though we tend to disagree on this point when I am beading. I’m not really sure what else to say at the moment so I’ll leave it there until next time. Lou

Star Shine.

And as usual I’ve been a busy bee.
Some times I wonder if I will ever get as much time to bead as I want but let’s talk about what I’ve been up to. So last weekend I got talking to Jane at days for girls and gave her a few instagram tips for her daughter Imogen, who ended up in Mackay for mothers day so the three of us caught up on Monday which was great as we shared tips and talked about of craft experiences. I also caught up with mum on Thursday to finally give her the small bag of mothers day goodies I had brought her. I also caught up with dad on Thursday for our usual weekly lunch and again with mum on Friday.

And today I hung out with my Aunt getting bits and pieces from around town. I also had split shifts which take up way too much time and energy and had to cover for people calling up sick although they had asked me to cover today as well and I just couldn’t.

In other news my fave pod cast has a book out and I am dying to get it but it will have to wait for a while at least, though I did check and dymocks dose have them so I can get my hands on a hardcopy from Brisbane when I do get around to buying it. Not much chance of a signed copy but I’ll probs also get the audio edition on Audible when I have a spare credit.

Now you may be wondering about the glowing stars in the first photo. Here they are again with the lights off this time I came across a wearable art comp and although I only have until the 28th to submit I though I’d have a crack at it as I had a cool idea and even if I didn’t manage to get in done in time for the comp I’d still have made some thing cool and rather different from my usual works, though it’s not the first time I’ve worked with lights. I’m not quite sure that even if I manage to get it done on time that I’ll have the money for insurance and the entry fee but maybe I’ll be able to enter it in something else down the track. Anyway I really don’t have a lot of spare time as I have heaps to do but I will try to post again in the next few days.

Lou.