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.