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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Art Charm Auction    ART CHARM AUCTION ON EBAY!!

4 blue charms
A while back, B.P. I signed up for the art charm exchange run by Jennifer Cameron for Beads Of Courage. This was in my old life, before Puppy. Then I got the puppy and in a wink, my life changed, I became a mother again and little things like beads  had to be slotted in between my rambunctious new baby. Somehow two new things added on to my life is , well, not overwhelming but I’m pretty busy right now
The most amazing part of the Art Charm Excjhange for me was the way I had an idea. I don’t feel creative. so when I actually get an idea, ONE whole idea, its cause for me to celebrate.
I like the idea of Beads of Courage. I like the idea of telling a story using beads. Prayer beads are an old tradition in the religion I was raised with.  Andr recently I met the bead artist  Joyce Scott. All her beads had stories attached, stones that had significance, old necklaces made by her mother, its and pieces made by artists and craftswomen around the world.
When I was a little girl I was seriously religious. My experience of beads was the rosary where we said the lovely words in order, hail mary, full of grace, blessed art thou amognst women. Growing up I provided myself with necklaces by doing daisy flower chains. I loved the colors, pristine white, blue for sanctity, sunshine yellow.  I learned that the concept of prayer beads existed long before Christianity. In the telling of the rosary one practices a meditation. In the telling of a Beads of Courage a child learns better  ways to tell a story .
I decided to make my charms as little tiny necklaces on the  warped squares from Kate McKinnons book Contemporary Geometic Beadwork part 1. The blue warped squares fulfilled the concept of soaring as they looked like little kites or bits of sky. I put many colored beads around them, as I went I made up a story for each charm, here were the doctors visits, then yellow for chemotherapy, white for medicines that worked. I tries to add a brown bead to symbolize hair falling out and a black bead was to mean someone dying. So each charm was like a little story in itself.  Then I branched out and made necklaces all one color and others with white cloud picots.
Photographing the beads was not easy, I used many new strategies; a new tripod from RobinShowstack at Besd Hoarders destash; a big art pad; the zoom and flash, and  I put the puppy in his crate, much to his distress, or it would have been Beads for Busy Dogs. Slow and steady, I photographed the beads and listed them. I also drew some sketches. If I knew how to do it, I would ornament this page. Since I don't, her

my art charm

Add upside-down, some sketches I made of the charms

some charms, these all had a bird theme, well except the butterfly.

various samples charms I made

2014 Art Charm Exchange Participants

Jennifer Cameron:
Alenka Obid:
Alicia Marinache:
Andrea Glick:
Caroline Dewison:
Cassi Paslick:
Cate van Alphen:
Cheri Reed:
Chris Eisenberg:
Cory Tompkins:
Elizabeth Auld:
Genevieve Gabbert:
Jami Shipp:
Jenny Davies-Reazor:
Jill Bradley: http://www.jillybeads.bloog
Jill Bradley:
Kim Dworak:
Lee Koopman:
Lennis Carrier:
Lesley Watt:
Mallory Hoffman:
Melissa Trudinger:
Michelle McCarthy:
Monique Urquhart:
Moriah Betterly:
Nancy Dale:
Nancy Smith:
Niky Sayers:
Perri Jackson:
Renetha Stanziano:
Shai Williams:
Sheila Prosterman:
Susan Delaney:
Susan Kennedy:
Terri DelSignore:
Toltec Jewels:
Vanessa Gilkes:


Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

I loved your reflections, Sheila, it is always nice to be reminded of our roots, isn't it? Your charms are a beautiful combination of story and art, a perfect retelling of the Beads of Courage philosophy :)

Susan Delaney said...

Stupendous charm. Thanks for sharing your process.

Pepita said...

Beautiful charms, I specially like the colorful borders, they make the charms much more interesting!

Cate van Alphen said...

It's lovely to know there's a story behind the colours. I was lucky enough to get one of your charms. Thanks :)

Niky Sayers said...

Such a sweet charm I love how you thought it out and the stories behind the colours.

Caroline said...

Beautiful charms, I loved reading about your design process!

flowers said...

What a touching blog post. Your charm is lovely. I like the beads having a meaning.

Shaiha said...

Puppies make life interesting for sure! I am lucky in that one of my requirements for our new home was that I had a separate room with a door for my studio. Love the story of your charms. I was lucky enough to get one.

Jennifer Cameron said...

Darling kite charms, Sheila! Thank you for participating. And good luck with the little one.

Nan Smith said...

Delightful beaded kite charms, Beautiful execution!

Jennifer said...

Your kite symbolism is so apropos for the theme! Nicely done.