Saturday, April 24, 2010

Bead Dreams finalist 2010



When I decided I wanted to enter the Bead Dreams 2010 competition, I had absolutely no idea what I was going to make...or rather, I had a million ideas but no matter how I twisted and turned those beads, nothing interesting came of it and it certainly wasn't worthy of any kind of competition. In the end I just went with what I was most comfortable with, sculptural design, waves and curves and loads of crystals and rivoli and shiny things and of course, bronze and olive and gold..my favorite colors, minus the pink..lol..!!! It took me a week and a half to make, over 50 hours of work, a very sore neck and arm, teary eyes laboring over such intricate details, but in the end, I was quite happy with the result.

I didn't have time to make a second entry but it doesn't matter,- Jewel of Amun made it through to the Bead Dreams finals!! No matter what happens now, I feel like I've already won, just being up there with all that amazing talent!! It's a huge privilege and a humbling experience. But for now, before I go off fancying myself a beadwork superstar, I have 3 loads of laundry and dinner for the kids to keep me grounded...;)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Lilac Diamond Dust necklace


Lilac Diamond Dust necklace
Originally uploaded by Cielo Design


My dear students are very supportive of my work but generally like to keep things a bit more simple in work-shops...recently they asked me to modify an earlier design to make it more "user friendly"...I suppose I have a tendency to go a bit overboard and a main issue of mine is certainly the seemingly inability to edit myself and realize when enough is enough...I have all the best of intentions but somehow, quite often I find myself going over the top with designs that are so extravagant that one might only be able to wear them for a special occasion...on the other hand, it's what I love to do, it's what I find creatively challenging and motivating so apart from creating something like this low key design every once in a while, I think I'll just stick with the glitter!!! :)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Lavender Breeze Necklace 2


Lavender Breeze Necklace 2
Originally uploaded by Cielo Design



It's been a while since I last blogged...this mainly due to time constrictions and various other projects that I've poured my time and efforts into. I finally finished the Bead Dream entry for this year, and since I totally fell in love with the technique I used for that, I made this much smaller and delicate version of lavender loveliness. I find it interesting and fun to experiment with merging different techniques into a piece while keeping it coherent and current,- I guess I'm less adventurous when it comes to color choices...I sometimes wish I would venture out of my pastel comfort zone and do something truly dramatic...but then again, it's always good to have ambitions and something to strive for! :)