Monthly Archives: May 2014

Safety Harbor City Galleries – library exhibition

Safety Harbor City Galleries

There is no doubt jewelry needs to be seen in person. And tried on, and examined minutely. Though photographs can be very descriptive, there is no substitute for the real thing. My beadwork is on exhibition at the Safety Harbor library until the end of June 2014. You can see it, and touch it, and try it on. And if you like it, you can buy it. Well, some of it. A couple of pieces have already sold – but I take commissions! Just email me – Contact.

Silver Red Dagger Beaded Bead Necklace on exhibition at the Safety Harbor City Galleries

Silver Red Dagger Beaded Bead Necklace on exhibition at the Safety Harbor City Galleries

Richard Harpin – British watercolour artist

You know when people say to you – “Oh, my friend’s husband’s cousin’s sister’s boyfriend is an artist – you should meet!”? You know how your heart sinks? You put on a grisly smile, try not think really bad thoughts, and reply – “Mmmmmm……..?”

Because invariably you get to meet the “artist”, or get shown their work.

And it’s excruciating.

I try and find something nice to say amid the horror. Sometimes it’s very difficult.

So when my friend told me – “Oh, my husband paints watercolours”, I immediately went into grisly mode.

Then I looked at his work.

And changed my mind.

Here are a few of his pieces:

Toy War 4 - watercolour by British artist Richard Harpin
Toy War 4 – watercolour by British artist Richard Harpin. 40cm x 30cm

Tanya Dreams of Lowry World - watercolour by British artist Richard Harpin
Tanya Dreams of Lowry World – watercolour by British artist Richard Harpin. 20cm x 29cm (This is my favourite).

Flowers, Fruit and Cheese - watercolour by British artist Richard Harpin
Flowers, Fruit and Cheese – watercolour by British artist Richard Harpin. 40cm x 30cm

Personally, I think you should go and see the rest of his work – Richard Harpin.

He paints in series, he has no formal training, he has a lovely eye for colour and story telling. He doesn’t agree with me when I tell him he works in collage. And in fact, he is right, as collage is a primarily a technique where the whole artwork is made from an assemblage of different forms. In the art world this sometimes includes magazine and newspaper clippings, ribbons, paint, bits of colored or handmade papers, portions of other artwork or texts, photographs and other found objects, glued to a piece of paper or canvas.

However, he gets an idea or concept, then searches out the components and puts them together to make a whole. His work is illustrative and sharp edged with humorous elements. His subject matter vacillates from cutesy cats to flying middle aged ladies – and everything in between. He makes his own personal comment on what he sees and often with a dry sense of British humour.

I like his style.

Bead Soup Blog Party 8 – What I Made

These pieces are designed for the 2014 Bead Soup Blog Party 8 organised by Lori Anderson of Pretty Things. The reveal day is here. And these are the 2 pieces I created around the bead soup sent by Sally Russick.

Stone Tile Superduo Clasp Bracelet

Sally sent a ceramic decorative ring made by Jenny Davies-Reazor and I made it the focal of this bracelet.

The bracelet includes a tube of SuperDuo two hole beads in a really pretty stone colour, I used all of them except one! The spotted tile beads came from the stash I won from a Bead & Button magazine competition. Using peyote stitch I incorporated some brown size 8/0 picasso seed beads to make the bracelet strip. The toggle is made with the last 6 tile beads. Seriously – there are none left!

This is what it looks like laid out flat:

Flat view of Stone Tile Superduo Clasp Bracelet

Here are views from the back and top:

Back view of Stone Tile Superduo Clasp Bracelet

Top view of Stone Tile Superduo Clasp Bracelet

Close-up of Stone Tile Superduo Clasp Bracelet claspAnd a close-up of the clasp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The bracelet is 8″ long from the tip of the toggle to the clasp, and is 1″ wide. It fits a wrist diameter of just over 7″.

She also sent a Swarovski crystal and sterling silver clasp and these shiny bronze coloured dagger beads. So I found a range of silver seed beads in different sizes and some Czech fire polish crystals and made a cubic right angle weave beaded bead necklace.

Silver and red dagger beaded bead necklace - cubic right angle weave bead stitch, made with seed beads, daggers and crystals

The necklace is designed around this Swarovski crystal and sterling silver clasp.

You can see the cubic right angle weave chain which is made with a spiral pattern of gunmetal and silver size 15/0 seed beads.

Silver and red dagger beaded bead necklace - closeup of Swarovski crystal and sterling silver clasp

Here’s a closeup of the crystals in the beaded chain.

Silver and red dagger beaded bead necklace - close up of chain

The beaded bead is made with six sections of embellished cubic right angle weave joined with dagger beads.

Silver and red dagger beaded bead necklace - close up of beaded bead

Extremely fiddly to make but worth the effort.

The necklace is 25″ long.

Go and see what Sally made out of the bead soup I sent her – The Studio Sublime.

To see more work from the many jewelry artists who joined in go to this list – Bead Soup Blog Party 8 participants.

And for fun, go see what we made for last year’s party.

SAQA Trunk Show 2014

Finally the SAQA 2014 Trunk Show has been put together, ready to tour the world for the next 3 years. I don’t even want to think how much work it takes to put together such a thing. 407 pieces of artwork, all needing mounting, sealing, and notating. Then they are packed and shipped in 8 different trunks. Unbelievable.

Subterranean Spiral - hybrid quiltMy piece Subterranean Spiral is part of Trunk G.

I like the idea these little quilts are ambassadors for the astonishing amount of technique, talent, and sheer passion of the SAQA members.

And you can request to have a trunk show sent to your guild, library, exhibition space or just to have as part of a group critique. Just email TrunkShow@saqa.com and ask for details.