Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Battle ready!

So here we are, the battle of the beadsmith pages are hopping with excitement and packed with thee most stunning and jaw drop gorgeousness from beaders around the globe. I am totally energised, inspired, humbled and intrigued in turn by the contestants entries. It's also great to see that the event is attracting a huge number of followers, and that plans for Battle 2013 are under way.
But back to Battle 2012 and my little bit of beady craziness.
I was so glad to send off the pictures, it was a big relief to say, 'Enough'!
Since meeting the July 10th deadline, I've been deeply touched by some of the ego massagingly kind words people have been posting, it's always so very good for the soul to get a complement.
Battle ready Brooch
Here it is then, my entry...
It's called...
Girl with the Scorpion Corsage
(A costume drama)

Why this piece?
It started with those ideas I shared in my previous postings, about not trying to compete or re-create what impresses me in other people's work. I tried to think about what I really like to make most of all when left alone to play with beads, and it is the figurative and sculptural things, kind of drawing with beads.

I'll be honest, I figured I didn't stand a cat in hades chance if I tried to do pretty... but my piece might, just might, get noticed if I did something a bit unusual. I looked up scorpions, totally grossed out on the close up photo's but the phrase, 'They like to live in arid dusty places' stuck in my mind so the curved bit of the brooch is a hint at dried up flowers. Maybe enough to get to stage two of the battle, maybe not.
For sure, the experience has definitely got me thinking hard about the creative process, and that of really exploring beading all over again!