The Art Bead Scene January Challenge inspiration art was immediately exciting to me. A jumble of bright colors, Imagine Tomorrow’s World (orange version) by Friedensreich Hundertwasser is a wonderful work.
I thought making something would be easy as the the inspiration pieces I love on sight often present an idea right away. I did think immediately of beads I have in the bull’s-eye pattern as well as orange beads. Although the poster is busy, my first attempts had too much going on to work. I tried several different construction methods, including Irish waxed linen. I liked that idea the best (in theory) because I chose black linen and it would surround the colorful beads like the black border surrounds the picture. Alas, it did not work out.
I decided I needed to simplify, and the art beads I ultimately chose are by Diane Hawkey and Genea. I focused on the colors purple, orange and turquoise and the bull’s-eye design. I did manage to work in a tiny piece of the black linen to dangle Genea’s lampwork beads from Diane Hawkey’s connector.
I also used purple glass beads with small vintage turquoise beads as spacers and sections of tiny faceted gemstones in orange and purple. I kept trying to work more art beads into the front of the piece, but the necklace was not interested. So I used some orange textured tube beads that remind me of the lined orange columns. I still feel like the piece is a little busy, but not in a way that takes away from the things I wanted to focus on.
The very first beads I thought of when I saw the inspiration piece were some paper beads my Mom gave me. Aren’t they perfect? When I read more about the inspiration piece, I really wanted to include these recycled paper beads because the poster was for a conservation organization to raise money for their environmental projects.
Thanks for another great challenge, ABS!