Sunday, December 24, 2006
This is Imak (E -mack) which is Inuit for "water". Imak started out as a snowman ornament. I performed surgery on the snowman form by adding peyoted arms & legs to the body. I cut out the snowman face and made one of polymer clay. He sports little leather mittens and faux fur hat. He is fat and happy from a good winter catch. His fishing pole even has a bone fish hanging from a beaded string.
Meet Galwani ("Circle of beads" in Ndebele language). She is the first doll I beaded. She mesures 10" in height and 9-1/2" wide. She is done in size 11 seed bead embroidery with a peyote collar and rusty washer for her mouth. Her corn rows use black matte & glossy seed beads. At the ends of each of her corn rows is one African Christmas bead. She took about 3 months of steady work to complete.
Sunday, December 17, 2006
This piece is called "Thru the Looking Glass". The bunny form has a mirror in its belly. Bead embroidery encircles the mirror as well as the form. Flowers and Tiny Tims decorate the bunny's legs and arms. I have sewn cut pieces of felt into the ears and painted the face with watercolors. The bunny also wears a peyoted beret.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Don loves Pollack but since his works are a bit out of our price range he decided to do his own. This one is 72" by 60". It is titled "Our House in the Desert". He collected all of the leftover house paint (plus a little of Victoria's "good stuff") and locked himself in the garage for several days. This is the result.
In the spirit of the holidaze, meet Rudolph the Rasta (as in Rastafarian) Reindeer. This started out as a white cotton muslin reindeer form. I painted the body red & purple. The body and head have circular bead embroidery. The arms and legs have 3 bead netting on them. Rudolph has rasta hair made of black 24 gauge wire. He also has one pieced horn full of beads. Ho, ho, ho!
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Monday, December 11, 2006
When we first moved to AZ, we transplanted a large 25' saguaro cactus to our backyard. We named him Otto (anything that big and costing that much to transplant deserved a name!) Since then, I've always thought I wanted to make my own Otto. Presto! Lil Otto is born and made of green felt with ribs sewn prior to assembly. After assembling, each spine was painstakingly pierced into the ribs. The beaded blossoms show the normal June blooming of a saguaro.