Friday, October 1, 2010

Bead embroidery project

I don’t know where I am going with this yet, I just know it is something I need to explore. I recently discovered a wonderful book by Robin Atkins. It is about exploring meaning in your life through the use of embroidering with beads.

Many years ago, when I was a hippie living in a teepee in upstate New York, I began my artistic explorations with embroidery. I would sit for hours at a time and embroider denim jackets, blue jeans etc. I did it for my friends and family, mostly for free. No one charged for things in those days. We were such free spirits.

It was my first foray into being an artist. I was all of 22 years old.

After moving to Key West Florida, I became inspired by an artist friend, Eileen Seitz or Cheina, as she was known then. For many years I painted in oils, watercolors, pastel. What ever I could find. I painted tropical flowers,
banana trees, as well as still lifes of mangoes and papayas and other luscious tropical fruit. In the mid 90’s I moved to Boston and stopped painting. I had to get a day job and the both the daylight and my energy were all used up by the time I got home at the end of each day.

I still very much needed a creative outlet and so I began to learn jewelry making. I do enjoy it very much but lately I am feeling the need to go back to my roots in the art and painting world. I thought I would try this new medium of beads as paint.

This is my first foray into beads as a painting medium. I have no idea what it will look like but for now it is about getting my creativity flowing as well as my stitch work perfected. Embroidering with beads is quite different than embroidering with thread.

I will keep you posted.

6 comments:

beadbabe49 said...

Robin has several wonderful books on bead embroidery and embellishment and has certainly been a major inspiration for me!
Have you seen the Bead Journal Project(s) she's initiated? You can find links on her website, if you're interested.
Love your beginning here...

LLJones said...

Go Roberta. And while you're checking out Robin - also check out the beadbabe!

Roberta said...

The Bead Journal Project is quite intriguing. I am thinking of doing that for 2011 if the group decides to go ahead with it. I see where Robin needs to step back from it this year....
If not I will just do it on my own.

Sally Reno said...

I miss your paintings! Love the beads....

Eva Maria Keiser said...

Roberta, have fun exploring. Thank you for sharing this story!

Roberta said...

I miss painting too but I just don't have those long stretches of time to do it anymore. I do love all the colors of the beads though!
Thanks everyone for your heartfelt comments.