One blustery, wet weekend a pile of us went to Cannon Beach in Oregon for the Portland Bead Society's annual retreat.

Each year they offer a challenge sponsored by the late Margaret Scovil. This year we were challenged to make a wearable piece inspired by the painting 'Blue Segment' by Vassily Kandinski.

Blue Segment by Vassily Kandinsky

Much pondering, gazing and daydreaming went on while I looked and looked at the image of this painting. There is no meaning - it's abstract and sooooo colourful. Should I work with all these shades, some of them, none? Should I attach an erudite and highbrow connotation to the squiggles and blobs?

Well, I'm not highbrow by any stretch of the imagination...... In fact, I'm sometimes downright literal.

The Kandinsky piece is entitled 'Blue Segment'. What has segments? Lots of things, but in particular - oranges.

Thus, a necklace made with beaded orange slices, and its accompanying leaves and flowers.

See how quickly you can find the blue segment.....

Close up of Orange You Blue necklace. Beadweaving - seed beads, fire polish crystals, and Swarovski crystals. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.
Orange You Blue necklace. Beadweaving - seed beads, fire polish crystals, and Swarovski crystals. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.
Orange You Blue necklace. Beadweaving - seed beads, fire polish crystals, and Swarovski crystals.
$325.00