Friday, July 29, 2005

Perfection is reached, not when there is no longer anything
to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away.
-- Antoine de St.-Exupery

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Inspirations

If there was a way to place this photo as my image, I would. But on the Mac, I've yet to figure out how to do that exactly. In the meantime, I thought I'd share this beautiful image I took and a friend of mine, "JB", helped to crop and expose. Can you guess where this is? (Hint: Click on the title "Inspirations" to take you on a journey to a truly wonderful place)

Friday, July 08, 2005

More South African Beadwork

For a truly exquisite adventure into the textiles of South Africa, click on the title to take you to the online gallery "Axis Gallery". Once there click on any of the thumbnails to find some truly wonderful beadwork presented in an authentic manner (A second click on the images that download will present you with a full view of an outfit). Enjoy!
3/02/06: Note that Axis Gallery has changed it's site and removed a number of beadwork items. The link is still valid but takes you a limited view of both beadwork and textiles. Still worth checking out though!

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Teaching Bead Weaving


The Shasta County Arts Council is a lovely venue for teaching. These photos are of my typical set-up for the classes I teach. The Arts Council is very supportive of local artists and I am thankful we have a site such as this in our community. I also teach in the Community Education program at our local college. I love to teach and strive to create a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere for my students. Click on the title above and it will take you to the Shasta County Arts Council homepage, where you can see the schedule for all sorts of wonderful classes and events!
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Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Floral Inspirations

I find a lot of inspiration in my surroundings. Some time ago I was asked by a customer if I could create hibiscus flower earrings. Last winter I was in Hawaii and I took this photo of a Hibiscus after a rainstorm. It's now on my desktop as a reminder - to think about a way in which I could capture it's beauty on a very small scale.

Post Script Aug 4, 2005: I've done it!

3-D Beadwork

Julia Pretl is a wonderful artist who has created beautiful vessels using beads. If you are interested in 3-D work, I highly recommend her site. She sells her patterns which range from a uniquely styled four-legged urn to extraordinary little boxes. I recently purchased the four legged vessel pattern for peyote stitch and I thoroughly enjoyed weaving it. Her instructions are easy to follow and I was very pleased with the results. Click on the title above to take you to her website.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

African Beaded Bracelet


This is a beautiful cuff bracelet that I've created from an old weaving technique used by the Xhosa of South Africa. A dear friend of mine shared with me the secret to the weaving process and I came up with this design. meta-tag:,

Sunday, July 03, 2005

Ethnic Beadwork

Some of the most beautiful pieces of old beadwork from South Africa can be found on Michael Stevenson's website. He owns a gallery in Cape Town and has written a book on South African beadwork. Click on the title to follow the link!
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Saturday, July 02, 2005

Bargello Cats

I am very fond of this bracelet pattern and have woven it in a few different color combinations. I designed it after an African mask and somehow, it came out looking like a cat! The pattern is available from bead-patterns.com and is woven using peyote stitch. Click on the title above to take you directly to the pattern!
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