Bead Soup Anyone?
For the last few years I have followed the blogs of some of the people participating in Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Party and have been so intrigued about the great idea. So this time around, I decided to jump in to join in the fun. Lori partners participants who have very different styles of design. I thought that this was just what I needed to get my creative muse going again.
I had the pleasure of being partnered with the very talented Mary Harding residing in the state of New York (my birth state).
Mary is a very accomplished artist with a passion for creating ceramic components (beads, toggle clasps, pendants and charms); freeform peyote stitch beadwork; fused glass; raku and dichoric glass.
Look at this amazing freeform styled bracelet.....a piece of art! I love the freeform style. The amount of time it takes to work with these tiny seedbeads and planning the transition of colors and textures in a piece such as this is to be respected….not to mention good eyesight and patience. Bravo Mary!
Mary's love of nature can be seen throughout her work. She captures her surroundings of the countryside of New York in her pieces.
Mary sells her jewelry components and designs in her Etsy store and components, ebooks, classes, supplies and designs on her website. Yes, she does offer instruction and shares her secrets.
My sweet gift box from Mary arrived a few weeks ago tied perfectly with one of her darling ceramic heart charms….aren't I lucky.
And looky, looky what Mary selected for me. I was born in the fall and it is one of my favorite seasons with the richness of the colors and textures. This assortment reflects fall perfectly don't you think? Mary created a ceramic clay pendant depicting native Burdock Tassels; a copper clay toggle clasp; a whimsical copper flower shank button, and orange ceramic beads made from earthenware clay. I so appreciate the work that went into the making of these components and the thought that Mary put into selecting complimentary stones of Coral and Red Botswana agate, and tubes of Carnelian.
For those of you who are familiar with my work, I most often design with vintage finds, neutral colors, rust and glitz. So, this bead collection from Mary gave me the challenge I was looking for.
March 30th will be the "reveal" for my group. So stay tuned to see what I designed using Mary's selections.
A silk ribbon entwined box ready to be sent off to Mary.
To see what Mary received from me, visit her blog.
If you haven't participated in Lori's Bead Soup Swap before, I invite you to visit the Bead Soup Blog (see button for Bead Soup in the sidebar to the right) and get the details and join in the fun of the reveal blog hop coming up over the next few months. Challenging yourself to do something outside of your comfort (safe) zone can broaden your horizons, present you with opportunities to try new techniques and designs; and work with materials you would not otherwise work with. And the icing on the cake is meeting new people......just like Mary.