Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Yearning for Beauty - Dec BJP


I close our 2010 Beaded Journal Project with this piece titled Yearning for Beauty. My inspiration for the pendant was based on my readings by Lisa See. The books, Shanghai Girls and Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, both novels, describe two girls growing up in Shanghai and the trials and tribulations they went through immigrating to America.
The second book discusses the custom of foot binding as a practice towards beauty. I thanked my lucky stars that I was not born in that time period.
This piece uses Chinese coins and jade to symbolize the Asian heritage. Everything is beaded symmetrically to show balance and harmony. The gold beads are a sign of wealth.

5 comments:

Barbara said...

Stunning! A beautiful piece to end the year.

Penny said...

Once again a lovely piece and a wonderful way to usher out the 2010 BJP. Beautiful work!

Roberta said...

Really lovely!

Marty S said...

Another beautiful piece. I enjoyed those two Lisa See books as well.
Marty S
Crackpot Beader

Shipwreck_Light said...

That is totally sweet! I especially like how it goes from all of those formal curves to that spray of coins :D.