Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Yokoo's Inspiration

What is it about artists like Yokoo that I find so inspiring? I'm drawn to her work, her style, and her simple message. Translated to beadwork: It isn't about how many beads we can add to a piece but being satisfied that we've said enough.....Making our work visually strong while being mindful. A piece of art should stand on its own -and Yokoo's work stands alone. She has created a vision based on Love and it shows in everything she does. If you need a bit of inspiration today, take a moment to view this  fabulous film short on Etsy's Storque.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Playing With Paper

I'm constantly on the lookout for new ways of expression. As part of this journey, I thought I'd share some great finds with you. Today I found a wonderful feature on Etsy about a paper artist named Mandy Smith. Her house video "The Move" reminds me of Louise Hill's work with houses (soon to be featured in the upcoming book- Beading Across America). Mandy's also created paper sculptures for commercials (click on the title above to see it). Wow. Now if only we could clue in Big Media to beadwork as a viable commercial medium....!

The Move, Paper Animation from Mandy Smith on Vimeo.

Saturday, February 05, 2011


Don't know what to do with those old painted pictures on the wall? You can convert them to shopping bags. That's what this enterprising woman from Belgium does with flea market finds. Check them out by clicking on the title above. They're beautiful. Not to mention sturdy and a great way to re-use an old painting (sans value, of course!). Add a few beads or a splash of bead embroidery and my heart is stolen!

Friday, February 04, 2011

Paris Underground

I was caught today by an enticing photograph of skulls and femurs from the catacombs under the streets of Paris. To see a glimpse of Stephen Alvarez' photographic journey beneath the city, click on the title above. Or, watch this film short (hosted by NPR) of Stephen exploring the tunnels. Under Paris is the theme of this month's National Geographic:

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Jost Haas: Britain's Last Glass Eye Maker

Eyes have been used for ages as centerpieces in art and jewelry. A once popular style during the Georgian & Victorian eras,  this Victorian Eye Brooch from 1845 was known as "Lovers Eye Jewelry" and depicts an eye painted on ivory (Read more about Lovers Eye Jewelry on Antiques Road Show). Watch Britain's last glass eye maker create a prosthetic eye as he discusses this dying art.

The Glass Eye Maker from Tomas Leach on Vimeo.