Photos… and other things

Ok first sorry for not doing the last few post but I was a bit stressed out and really didn’t have a lot to post anyway.

Today I had my first photo shoot with Coffee & Hops and when I have the photos after the weekend I’ll do a post for you guys. The photo shoot went really well and I’ll hopefully be booking another one soon for more of my sculptures and maybe a few of my baubles.

I’ve been busy making baubles and working on a new project. Pictured to the left… not to worry my beading skills are much better than my drawing skills lol. Still it will really just be a fairly basic tower with some windows and an inner stair case. I’m currently working on the base and first level and have gotten the first step done.

The tower I am working on is the larger grey one. The gold one was my first attempt in basic CRAW stitch but it quickly became unworkable. having learnt my lesson I decided to go row by row adding in the start of the walls and the first step as I went to make it easer than it would be to add in later. It also helps to give me a better idea of the layout as I go. Designing 3d objects is an interesting challenge especially when you really only have 2d designs to work by. Still if it wasn’t a challenge it really wouldn’t be fun.

I’ve been playing around with my yellows so that I can order the right one soon for my bauble order and I am really liking this yellow but will have to play around with it with other colours before I decide.

I’ll also be getting more beads to keep going on the Fibonacci projects and hopeful more beads to continue on with my shapes series.

Ok thats all for now but I’ll be posting soon.
Catch ya later, Lou

Thursday

Well yesterday I had a double dose of parents having spent the morning with my mum and one of my aunts and then lunch with my dad, as well as a long night at work.

I was also excited to finally after weeks of my followers fluxing in the 1790’s, to hit 1800 followers. It has been amazing to find so many people interested in what I love to make and has honestly kept me going through the tough times and general drudgery of life. I am also inspired by so many of my followers whom I also follow as they are so amazing. I know the amount of followers you have is not the be all and end all but it dose make things easer the more you have so I am hoping to hit 2000 in the next few months. I’m not sure how to entice more people to follow me and keep my current followers but hopefully I shall think up something interesting. You will be seeing some new and hopefully unusual things this year so don’t forget to check in every now and then.

I’m on to the last face of the orange cube and it is going well if slowly. And then it will be onto fixing up the black cube. I don’t have enough black beads to do it all in one go so I’ll most likely do what I can and then keep moving on with other projects. Depending on where my finances are at I’ll try to buy some more black beads to continue on with it in the next few months but I do have other priorities like buying yellow beads for an order and what not. I do love how this stitch looks and what you can do with it but it is so slow, to do and each stitch takes 20 beads. for example the heart below has 660 beads and its only about an inch by an inch and a half of work.

I’ve also been participating in #MyBeadingYear hoasted by the amazing Jean Power. For insight into the lives of some awesome beaders you should check it out on instagram or facebook and spread some love for the talent.

Well thats all for today folks, I’m going to head over to Art Lovers Australia to work on my artist profile and sales pitch.

All the best Lou.

A busy new year

Strengthening old projects. The Fibonacci sequence has been on my todo list for a good few years now and as I’ve mentioned before I started it last year and it has been a long ongoing project that needed several attempts to get off the ground. I’ve gotten the ‘2d’ sequence up to the seventh number and am working on getting the open 3d attempt to a satisfactory state at the seventh number before getting the solid 3d version to the seventh number and moving on with all three if possible. From now on though with the open ones I might make a stand alone cube in each size to see what additional structure they need to keep in shape as the grow larger, as its much easier to do during construction rather than after construction. In the photo below you can just make

out on the inside of the orange cube at the bottom that there is an extra row of cubes, which is also true of the left side near the blue cube and partly true of the side joined with the black misshapen cube. you can also tell from the photo if you look carefully that those faces are much straighter than the two sides left. The black cube will need the extra two rows so that in stead of one row of cubes all the way around it will be four, a bit like my large orange cubic sculpture.

There is a prompt on instagram by the account @MyBeadingYear which you can look up and find out about beadeweavers by searching #mybeadingyear. Today was the first day and it was all about how we got started. You can check out my story on instagram or fb and tomorrows will be about what I beaded last year. I found the first photo I still have of this ball from back in April 2015 so it is from early 2015, actually before I thought I had made it lol. I’m not great with time at all but I’d forgotten where I was living when I made this and thought it had been the place after. Most beadweavers around the world are about a day behind so they will be doing their first post tomorrow.

I’ve also been working on the pink, purple and silver set, and on colour combinations for my current order trying to figure out what works, as bead colours can be tricky when use together. Luckily I have time to figure it out without rushing.

I’ve also been working on designing something new and hopefully interesting for a future project and trying to come up with ways to make models without forking out hundreds of dollars for shapes at the moment. I’ll buy them eventually but right now I just want to be able to make a few to use as a working guide. I have managed to make a large prism from padlepop sticks which seems way to large for a complex polyhedron and moved on to bamboo cotton buds as the only other thing I had handy. They seem to work but will take time to make. Still a lot less time then making the shapes in beadwork and much easer to make the shape in bead work with a 3d visual guide.

Its a full week of work this week which I am not looking foward to but I had best get cracking. Lou

First post of 2021

I might possibly have too many photos on my phone from the last five years for Icloud to handle. That’s not to say that I haven’t deleted thousands over the last few years, because I have and I’ve even deleted a thousand or so in the last two days trying to update my lates photos onto my laptop with the least amount of hassle. It hasn’t worked though and I am only up to the penguin photos of 2017.

A photo cull might be some what over dew, especially for my London trip as I took so many and a lot of them were really not that great or even interesting. Anyway in loo of beading photos here is a photo of me from grade one or two when i was at West Mackay, judging from the shirt colours. Now don’t get me wrong I love my hair but I do wish it was still this lovely light blonde.

I started at West Mackay, and then in grade three I was moved to St. Mary’s where I spent the rest of primary school before moving to Mackay State or Milton St for high school. Then I was at Shalom in Bundaberg for grade eleven and back to finish school at Milton St. You can’t tell from the photo but I hate school. I was just one of those kids that didn’t fit in, having had a rather unusual childhood. I can’t remember my very first day at school, but my first day at St. Mary’s I howled and begged my mother not to leave me. All the other kids though I was weird, still that didn’t stop me from crying my heart out on the first day of the next year either.

I have been a busy bee since my last post and though I had meant to post on Wednesday as well I didn’t get there after spending almost all day out with my mum and aunt. Last night I had also meant to make a post but after struggling with the photos and then for lord only knows what reason, I felt the compulsion to draw mazes well into the night. It’s amazing I managed to function to day. Anyway tomorrow or Monday I’ll do a post about what I’ve been working on and some time soon I’ll do a post with a few photos from London.

Any who its late again so I’ll catch ya next time, Lou

Glass Forest

Ok so four trees dose not make a forest but its a good start. I’ve got a plan hatching and one of them will be a thank you gift. The second smallest one at the front took the most time to make as I used the same technique as the tinsel and while I’ll make some more in different sizes I won’t be making a boat load of them. Still I think I can write up a pattern for the trees, so maybe I’ll be selling patterns for them eventually.

I finally got around to making flowers for my mini vase with the help of a youtube tutorial by Rukodelie TV and some very off beat captions. they are super cute and easy enough to make so expect to see more of them worked into things.

On a different note its back to work this arvo, though it’s only the two days this week. So not really worth while but its better than nothing I guess. Still I’ve been applying for new jobs as there really has to be something more suitable out there.

Here is one CRAW stitch. It’s not by fave stitch by any means but it is fantastic for making cubic sculptures. For each cube or ‘stitch’ it takes 20 beads, if you are making an augmented CRAW creation, its less if you are making the usual CRAW as each stitch is interconnected with the ones around it. CRAW tends to take more time and beads than other stitches and augmenting it takes even longer.

I’ve been thinking about the square project for the beadwork museum and what to do for it, and how to do anything with in the finicky parameters required to do it this way would end up being too large for the square if I was to make six squares like this so I think I might have to work from the outside in. I can also try something in the ordinary CRAW, but we shall see what happens. I do need to figure it out soon though as its dew in a few months and as this month as demonstrated life is busy.

I’ve also been working on my first order for next year (the dark purple bauble), playing with colours, to get the mix right and on an old set that I want to finish (the pink).

anyway I’ll try to post again tomorrow on the correct day with a bit more about all that is currently going on and with future plans, but I have to start getting ready for work soon so I’ll sign off now.

Lou.

Christmas Eve 2020

Well its been a year; and one to remember at that. For me it has been full of ups and downs but I’ve come through it and am starting next year on a positive. I have a professional photoshoot booked in for the 13th and I’ve been accepted to sell art on Art Lovers Australia, which is fantastic. I already have my first order for next year, and an application form my local gallery.

I hope we all have a fantastic year ahead after making it through 2020. I’ll be posting more about 2021 in my next post. Who knows exactly what will happen but we can always hope and maybe I might even win the lottery and buy my dream property and spend more time making art. A girl can dream. May tomorrow bring you joy, in this time of darkness.

All the best wishes Lou.

One busy week

Its been super busy and feels like nothing is really getting done, and Christmas is just way too soon. Anyway I finally got around to doing a longer video of my current collection that I still have at home, baring a few Christmas gifts and works in progress, though some of those are on the table to along with JiJi. I posed the video up only on my FB art page as I’m not really comfortable with making videos, and figured that only the dedicated would go to view it. If you are interested in watching it it’s called OMG Beads and Cat and is on my FB page Delicate by Lou. I’m thinking of posting it on my youtube page but am not really keen on the idea.

I missed posting yesterday as I took my amazing friend Miss Penny out for driving practice so she can get her licence and here is a photo of us in a tree because I was having loads of fun playing soccer in heels, with a coconut and climbing trees. Am I an adult? its debatable 🙂 Along with her mum and son we had a great day out and even stoped in at the Organic store at the leap and had lunch. When we got back I held my first beading ‘class’ with the three of them and Deb, Pennys mum did so well. We’ve had so much trouble catching up lately so it was great to be able to spend the day together. And time just flew by, so that it was pretty much time to get ready for work when I got home.

Ashton and I also had fun mucking around with the pearler beads and melting them together the way you are meant to. This is a cool little character from among us. I’ll have to work on melting them evenly but its cool and a fun way to chill when I need a break from beading. Ashton made his own design with out a pattern, being really creative. I was also impressed with how he gave beading ago before deciding it wasn’t for him.

I’m getting there with the final star for my last order of the year and would have had more of it done today but there was a power outage for a few hours and I struggled to work though the heat, even moving outside. And then I gave up and had a nap with Millie who decided that despite of the heat we had to nap together and she had to nap on top of me. Cats. 🐈

I am detriment to get this star finished tomorrow morning and get it into the lady so that it’s done and she has them before Christmas.

Speaking of orders I have my first for next year which is cool and it’s also my biggest so far. Hopefully a good sign for the year to come.

I also only have short weeks of work this week and next week so I’ll have more time to focus on beading and not be so drained but at the same time I’ll be earning less money so its a mixed bag. I’ll also be able to spend more time working on my blog and will hopefully get around to finishing and posting the pages for it I’ve been planning.

Also on the cards are a series of baubles and decorations (and other things of beadwork I’ll sell) so that I can have a visual guide for the difference sizes so people can make a more informed decision. And also some visual guides for pattern choice. I’m still deciding what colours to chose for the guide but I’m thinking chalk white with gold or maybe black. More complex patterns with three or more colours will have to wait till further down the track for their own visual guides.

Well I’ll catch you next time and will try to be more consistent with posting but I hope you all have happy holidays, a merry Christmas and an excellent new year.

Lou.

P.S. Thank you all so much for all the support it means so much to me that you all want to see my beadwork and know more about it.

A day of family

Today we held a funeral for one of my uncles. Due to a miss communication my cousin and I were a little late. It was a touching affair with the old veterans and his fellow rural fire fighter brigade in attendance. To be honest I didn’t really know him that well, and I don’t really know much of my extended family beyond slight acquaintance; we share a family bond and meet at the occasional family when we attend, and make small talk. My uncles and aunts have a closer bond and of course they have a close bond with their own children but that is as far as it goes. We are have our own lives going on and most of us have little in common.

Well I hope my uncle and his brothers and son, and parents are all at peace. I can’t say that I believe in an afterlife but I truly hope that there is one.

Take Care Lou.

Moving Foward

Hey guys here is one of four custom star’s I’ve designed for a custom order. It was a bit hard to get the balance right as one name was longer than the others and I didn’t want to make the stars too big given the price I quoted. This was the largest one and while it’s pretty I’m not really happy that the e’s run into each other though they do make a pretty flower.

Its been yet another busy week with cat sitting for my aunt as she went on holidays with work and beading. I also went to a curator’s talk at my local art space.

This is the second of four stars, and the name sits much better but dose not stand out as much because of the shine on the beads and how close the shade of the two colours are.

I think with the side and time it takes to design each individual star I’ll only be offering them from $30 and up in the future as they take more work than other stars. I’m sure people will still buy them as personalised items seem to be in vogue at the moment.

On Saturday I wen to a Curator’s talk at the Art Space by Dr. Eliza Burke on the Systematic art show that features eight Australian artists, that explore the links between systems and the human. It was an interesting exhibition and I really loved the set this was apart of though I unfortunately failed to find the name of the artist. I might have to go back at some stage as I can’t find it on the net. Its not the most interesting laser cut paper art I’ve ever seen but it is displayed in such a cool way. My camera added in the extra pink, something to do with the lights.

Millie moo has been rather instance on petting lately, luckily for her she is so damn cute.

When I was at the Art Space I did quiz the lovely volunteers about how the exhibitions were chosen and one of the Ladies in charge over heard our conversation and printed off an application for for me.

The Exhibition program is for 2022-2024 which seems like a good while off but is really not that far away. And is assessed on innovation and Diversity 20%
*Generate discussion and debate about new ideas/issues in art and culture (10%) I think the fact that I work with a little used medium will partly cover this one.
*promote and inspire diversity and/or attract diverse audiences (10%) I’ll have to think about this one a bit, I do have a beading audience and a math audience and followers from all over the world so that will help. I’ll need to work on building a diverse audience here in mackay.

quality 30%
* present a coherent body of work (10%)
this part is covered, it will all be in the one medium and will be about exploration of that medium and creating art with that medium. I’ll have to have a theme to tie it all together.
*present a well defined exhibition rationale and strong exhibition concept (10%) Well I was fantastic at concepts in Art class in high school so this shouldn’t be too hard
*Include a considered exhibition layout (10%) And this one will require some thought but again can be done easily enough.

New/perviously unseen work 10% well with at least a year to three years this can be done, it just means I’ll have to not post photos of a few projects.

Artistic Competencies 20%
* Demonstrate previous exhibiting experience (10%)
well this is a big fat no. I’ll have to look around town and see if I can find any where small and less formal where i can maybe have a showing somewhere.
*Include images of artworks of a high standard 10% I’m going to apply for art funding so hopefully I can do this one with out knocking out my savings acc. but if not I’ll just have to budget for it as high quality images are really important.

Connection to Mackay 20%
*Proposals from artists/s or curator/s from the Mackay Regional Council area 10%
Well I have this one covered as I’m a local and was born here and am the third generation to call Mackay home.
*Exhibition rationales/concepts that relate to the unique character of the Mackay region 10% This one will be a bit harder but I can create artwork with Mackay in mind, we have a lot in our region, from beaches to mountains and rainforest, sugar cane (we’re known as the sugar capital of australia) to coal. Apparently in 2018 we had over 80,000 residents and I’m sure that number has increased. We also have history with the area being inhabited by the Local Yuibera people and having Cape Palmerston, Slade Point and Cape Hillsborough named by Cap. James Cook. Then John Mackay led an expedition and decided to settle the land. After that Mackay became a port of entry for settlers. The local Yuibera people did what they could to defend their land and the settlers set the police on them to terrorise them with violence and massacre. History from all over the world is filled with such horrible happenings, It’s a wonder the human race has managed to survive at all. We also have cyclones, floods, two royal visits and a consort by Elton John.

So there is a lot to work with. and that is not to mention the local fauna and flora.

***Arr I ending up having to go to work before this post was finished and had meant to post it after I got home but completely forgot. I’m sure its of better quality today. than it would have been last night so that is something.

‘Till next time Lou.

16 Days till Christmas

Well here is the Christmas order I’ve been talking about, i took it in to my friend Penny’s work this morning and ended up taking another order, which will likely be my last for the year. Given that I’ve made next to no effort to get orders, the hand full that I’ve gotten isn’t bad at all. I love this set and am making some more stars to go with it with a twist on the colours, though it will match. Hopefully next year I’ll get to add to this set with baubles and some more stars. lol.

It’s hard to see just how pretty this looks in the photo but this is what I am making for her Christmas present, to go with the set she brought. I love the colours though the white beads in this one are a massive pain but still I’d love to get my hands on more eventually. They catch the light nicely. When I have some more beads I’ll do my own set not sure in what colour scheme but I’ll have fun playing around with patterns. Though this one is always fantastic. Some times simple is best.

And here is a snowman, isn’t it just so cute? I love them so much and they are great to make. I really want to buy more of Julia S. Pretl’s box patterns are they are all just amazing like this one.

I had wanted to make some in a fan art colour scheme but it will have to wait as I’ve run out of the white beads. I won’t tell you which fan art so you’ll have to keep an eye out for them next year.

And then there is this latest cubetastic creation in progress. It will only be five cubes big as the structure gets fiffy any bigger than that but I’m planing to make one starting from the five by five cube with two rows of bead work to make it more structurally sound so that I can go bigger as I really love this colour combo. And I also want to do a version that spirals around which will be really cool. I decided to do the foot print first before going up into 3d, that way it would be harder to muck up. Some times planning is a good idea. Anywho I’ve got work tonight to I had better get a move on.

Catch ya later, Lou