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Maxi Starr – Bead Embroidery

Black bead embroidered brooch by Maxi Starr

Maxi is a friend. She is a very tiny, funny, older friend. She doesn’t like being old and will tell you so. She has a tiny dog named Henry, who I covet. Henry is an Havanese and only wants to be loved and give love. (And to know there is a constant stream of snackity type things available on tap – not).

Maxi is an extremely accomplished bead embroiderer (along with many other skills).

In my July 2021 newsletter I wrote about black and white being non-colours. This sparked a certain amount of debate from readers who remarked they liked black and white quite a bit, thank you very much.

As I explain later. It’s not that I don’t like them, they are not natural. Black is the absence of light, and white is all light. They are not colours. My artwork doesn’t involve the use of black or white. Nor do I tend to wear them in clothing, jewelry or even shoes. (Though I have painted all the walls in our house white).

Maxi sent me an email with the subject “Black is Good”, and included an image of a gorgeous brooch she made to clasp a cape (see above). So pretty. After some more to-ing and fro-ing she sent me pictures of a couple of collars.

Bead embroidered collar by Maxi Starr
Bead embroidered collar by Maxi Starr
Bead embroidered collar by Maxi Starr
Bead embroidered collar on model, by Maxi Starr
Bead embroidered collar by Maxi Starr
Bead embroidered collar by Maxi Starr (commemorative bead from Bead and Button show)

Aren’t they lovely?!

As I become older myself (my girlfriends say I’m there already) – I no longer worry about having an opinion. In fact, having an opinion is fun. People react either for or against. Whatever they do, it’s a learning experience as they challenge your beliefs. I might not ever wear black or white for the rest of my life but goodness – I’ll continue to talk about it if it leads other artists to dig into their creations and tell me what’s what.

Thank you Maxi for showing me what black can do for you …