Tuesday 31 March 2015

Art Bead Scene March Inspiration Challenge

The ABS blog inspiration for this month’s challenge was this beautiful watercolour piece, Haida Totems, painted by Emily Carr while she was off alone on a momentous six-week trip, going through Alert Bay, to the Tsimshian villages of the coast of northern mainland British Columbia, to the Gitxsan villages in the interior, and ultimately to the even more remote settlements of the Haida people on an archipelago then called the Queen Charlotte Islands, now known as Haida Gwaii.

Haida Totems, 1912 By Emily Carr
Watercolor on Paper, 76mm x 55mm
BC Archives, Canada

The art chronicles of her journey were made using pencil and watercolor. Her art took on bright hues and bold brushstrokes of the Fauvist paintings she saw in Paris in 1910.

I was very inspired by the colours used in this painting and put together many pairings of art beads and supporting beads, chains, cording, etc., however ran out of time. I was participating in the Fusion Bead 30 Day Bead Challenge and vastly underestimated how much time was required.

I was able to make these pretty earrings, inspired by the watery blue shades of the totems and in the background.

Haida Flower Earrings

The pretty porcelain flower charms were created by Diana Ptaszynski of Suburban Girl Studio. I paired them with pretty Freshwater Pearls in medium peacock colours. The pearls are strung on Sterling Silver wires and everything hangs from lever back Sterling Silver ear wires.

 On my plan but not completed was a necklace based on a beautiful Lampwork bead by Sue Kennedy of SueBeads. Sue named this focal “Earth & Ocean” and it is the perfect name. I have everything laid out on my table and will be putting it good use soon. It will be fun!

Now please check out what everyone else made here.

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