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Chris suggested the following theme:  ‘Victorian Beaded Purse/Handbag’

I think it would be fun to do a ‘Victorian Beaded Purse/Handbag’ theme. I think
beading outside of jewelry would be a nice change. I think ‘other objects’ would
be fun as well, but I can only submit one idea 🙂

Here is some fantastic inspiration:
http://pinterest.com/scappy67/victorian-purses/

Here you will find a wealth of info regarding the ‘history and beginnings of a
purse:
http://www3.hants.gov.uk/dress-and-textiles/bags-collection.htm

“In the Victorian period an extraordinary variety of types of bag appeared, in
fabrics which matched or co-ordinated with different outfits, and which suited
different fashionable styles of dress, and demonstrated different needlework and
knitting skills. In the 1830s and 1840s flat square or circular bags were quite
literally canvases for a range of decorative designs in woolwork and chenille,
beadwork and ribbonwork, and ladies’ magazines described how to make them.

Mel suggested the following theme: ” A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

The play by Shakespeare has been the inspiration for artists for centuries and
some of these can be seen on wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Midsummer_Night’s_Dream> as well as the synoposis
for the play. No one to my knowledge has created any bead embroidery with this
as inspiration so it would be interesting to see the differences. You don’t have
to read the play (unless you want to), the characters and synopsis are all
listed on the Wikipedia page but in summary these are:

1. The Athenians 2. The Fairies 3. The Mechanicals

The interpretation would be completely up to you. Examples are beaded items with
a Grecian look for the Athenians, Fantasy style items for the Fairies or you
could even go cyberpunk for the Mechanicals. These are just examples and show
the broadest interpretation. The other alternative would be to go literal and
create a scene from the play in bead embroidery as in the artwork of some of the
great masters. The choice would be up to you and would show the range of skills
which we have as a group.

Connie suggested the following theme:  ” Musicals”

The idea is that you bead something that was inspired by a musical that was on the scene the year you were born – so we have to do a little research on this one! Would be a whole lot of fun I think. To make things a little easier, I’m including a link by Wiki re all the musicals that were listed during your birth year – when doing and submitting your piece, mention should be made as to which musical you were using to inspire you, you don’t have to mention your year of birth HAHAHAHAHa, just the name of the musical and maybe a short discription of your piece’s inspiration.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_musical_films_by_year

Robin suggested the following theme:  ” Insects”

Insects! Beautiful, shimmering, earthy, terrifying, spiritual, symbolic and
exciting insects! This is what I propose for our next challenge. Summer is here
and so are the insects. Spiders and their gossamer webs, the most beautiful
creatures alive: butterflies, the spiritual and monstrous praying mantis, gold
glittery backs of the beetle, the humble house fly and the majestic dragon fly.
The list is endless!
Insects have been a prevalent part of human existence since the dawn of mankind.
Just as insects affect life, then, they affect the art and expression of man.
Insects! Beautiful, shimmering, earthy, terrifying, spiritual, symbolic and
exciting insects! This is what I propose for our next challenge. Summer is here
and so are the insects. Spiders and their gossamer webs, the most beautiful
creatures alive: butterflies, the spiritual and monstrous praying mantis, gold
glittery backs of the beetle, the humble house fly and the majestic dragon fly.
The list is endless!
Insects have been a prevalent part of human existence since the dawn of mankind.
Just as insects affect life, then, they affect the art and expression of man.
Insects are a venue through which people can express their deepest fears and
greatest desires. The most common usage of insects in art is as symbols, both
positive and negative. This symbolism ranges from gods and goddesses to
impurities of the soul.
Take the story of Psyche from Greek mythology, legend says that she was a
“princess so beautiful people adored her instead of Aphrodite. Enraged,
Aphrodite sent her winged son Eros to trick Psyche into falling in love with the
ugliest creature he could find. The stunning beauty of Psyche erased his
mother’s demand from his mind. Eros instead likened her to the butterfly, the
loveliest of creatures. In vain, the young lovers tried to hide their love,
until the intervention of Zeus allowed them to be together forever.

According to ancient Egyptian belief the scarab beetle was believed to be a
symbol of the God that would bring in the sun in the morning and take it away at
night. This was because the beetle rolled the balls of bung away. In the
pictograms the God Khepri was depicted as having a scarab beetle’s head on his
shoulders.

Symbolic insect art is an extremely diverse field. Insects as symbols in the
graphic arts can also be found in ancient Rome and Greek depictions, Australian
Aboriginal drawings, Navajo sandpaintings, as well as on the African continent
in Malawi and Zambia.

Insects’ extreme diversity drew them to artist E.A. Seguy. Seguy specialized in
natural portraits with lots of color. That is why in many of his portraits there
are butterflies and other colorful insects. Graham Sutherling, M. C. Escher, and
James Ensor all use insects in their works of art. They use them because of
“their inherently provocative forms” according to Hogue

Insects are extremely important to the Asian cultures. In Japan one of the
simplest brush strokes is called the mantis stroke. Insects were the subject of
many Asian paintings. Their paintings focused on the natural world, and as a
result they capture lots of insects in the works of art.

Bead embroidery is a natural for this subject and the options and colors for
“buggy” display are infinite! Semi-precious stones, dichroic cabs and all the
shimmering, metallic, and matte colors available to us in seed beads, wh
field day for one’s imagination!

Karen suggested the following theme:  “Asymmetrical design”

It would allow us to research what makes a
design that doesn’t “match” be balanced, and then to create something
asymmetrical.

Sharayah suggested the following theme:  “Books & Boxes”

Journals and boxes have safe-guarded our treasured memories and momentos. Often they are ornate; decorated with leather, ribbons, beads and various other materials. The challenge here is design a bead embroidered cover to a journal or a trinket/music box.

Joanna suggested the following theme:  “Spikes”

– It’s now so trendy. I have no other requirements than using spikes and spiky like things in our pieces. Or we can join two themes mine and Robin’s and do “Spikes and insects” or “Spiky insects” 😀 it could be fun.

Bev suggested the following theme:  “Art Deco”

here’s a brief description of Art Deco:
Art Deco  is an influential visual arts design style which first appeared in France during the 1920s, flourished internationally during the 30s and 40s, then waned in the post-World War II era.  It is an eclectic style that combines traditional craft motifs with Machine Age imagery and materials. The style is often characterized by rich colors, bold geometric shapes, and lavish ornamentation.
Think the Chrysler Building in New York City (or the graphic design they are using for the new movie Gatsby)

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One response »

  1. I suggested Asymmetrical Design.

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