Hi--I'm a beadweaver located in Panama City, FL. Here I'm trying to put down where my ideas are headed, and what I'm working on creatively. You can see more of my work at emiliepritchard.com
Saturday, January 25, 2014
interlocked cubes and scaffolds
Several months ago I did a few posts about some work I had done with interlocking cubes made of seed beads. The last post (In May) was about a set of cubes with rounded corners that I had done. At the time I said I'd like to do a whole necklace of them. There were 2 problems with that, though. One, it would have taken forever. I do lots of things that take forever, though, so that probably wouldn't have stopped me if I'd been really happy with what I was getting. The bigger problem was that it was so very dense, I had the feeling that wearing it would be sort of like wearing those high starched ruffs that Spaniards used to wear. Lord knows I like a piece that has some 3-dimensionality to it, but this was just going to be too much. So it sat on my work table, partially made, for several months. Then I thought about using my oxidized copper scaffolds to open it up. That's what I did here, and I think it's a big improvement. On most anyone's scale, it's still a pretty dense piece, and it won't be to everyone's taste. But to my eye, the open areas break it up just enough that it doesn't seem like you're drowning in it. If anything, as I look at the picture, I think I might go back and make the scaffold at the 4 o'clock position a bit longer to open it up just a bit more. Anyway, I'm glad I waited and stared at it for a while.