Monday 28 September 2015

Art Bead Scene September Inspiration Challenge

The Art Bead Scene hosts an inspiration challenge every month. Participants must use an art bead in their design. The inspiration for September is an oil painting on canvas by Vanessa Bell, View of the Pond at Charleston, East Sussex.

View of the Pond at Charleston, East Sussex
by Vanessa Bell, c.1919
Oil on canvas, 79.8 x 84 cm
Collection: Museums Sheffield

In 1906, when Bell started to think of herself as an artist, she formed the Friday Club, in order to create a place in London that was more favourable to painting. Vanessa Bell is one of the most celebrated painters of the Bloomsbury group. She exhibited in London and Paris during her lifetime, and has been praised for innovative works during her early maturity and for her contributions to design. (Reference: Wikipedia)

I chose to use the colours of the artwork as my inspiration.

First up are these sweet little earrings, made with Lampwork flowers that I received recently. Unfortunately I forgot to mark the bag that I placed them in. I think they came from Susan Kennedy of SueBeads. I paired them with glass leaves that matched the green dots at the tips of the flower petals. I also used complementary seed beads and matched waxed linen to the colour of the flower petals and the leaves. The earrings hang from sterling silver ear wires.

Flowers by the Pond (Sold)

The predominant shades of green, and the trees and bushes in the paining, inspired this pendant. The ceramic leaf and the green and brown beads are from Leslie Watt of Thea Elements, and the blue ceramic rounds are from Gaea Cannaday. I used cotton cord to tie the pendant together and hung everything from a brass box chain, with a lobster claw clasp.

Near the Pond

Please check out what everyone else has made too, starting September 30th.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.


  1. I love the movement in the earrings and definitely think you did the right thing in showcasing the pendant by keeping the rest of the design simple. Nice job!!

    1. Thank you. I'm glad you like how they turned out.

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