Artist Reception this Friday in Harvard Square, Cambridge!

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You’re invited to Cambridge Art Association‘s 14th National Prize Show! May 15th – June 25, 2015.. My largest beaded painting, Radio City, will be shown at University Place Gallery in ‪‎Harvard Square‬. Reception is this Friday, May 15 from 6-8pm. Hope to see you there! :)

Cambridge Art Association’s 14th National Prize Show!

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‘Radio City’. Handsewn beadwork on canvas. 40″ x 30″.

Today, I am thrilled to announce that my largest beaded painting entitled Radio City has been juried into Cambridge Art Association’s 14th National Prize show. Honouring the vision of Michael Rush, Founding Director of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University. With work selected by Caitlin Doherty, Curator & Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University. The National Prize Show will feature artists working in all media and styles.

Exhibition runs May 15 – July 25th, 2015.

Reception: Friday, May 15.. 6-8pm at both CAA Gallery locations:

Kathryn Schultz gallery:

25 Lowell St. Cambridge MA, 02138 Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 11:00am to 5:00pm

University Place Gallery:

124 Mt. Auburn St. Cambridge MA, 02138 Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00am to 6:00pm  •  Saturday 9:00am to 1:00pm.

Please check my Facebook page and/or the Cambridge Art Association‘s website for more info. Hope to see you there! Also, please check my Etsy shop for new beaded dog jewelry & beading patterns. First time customers save 10% with coupon code TAKETEN2015 at checkout. Thanks for looking! :)

Beginning to Bead a Felt Kremlin

This week, I had a chance to work on my bead-embroidered Russian painting.. I am working on a small section which will be the door just below the Kremlin clock tower.

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I have used all kinds of beads: cubes, bugle beads, hex cuts, Tilas, and 11/o and 8/o seed beads so far.. If I had known about Half-Tila beads, I probably would have used some… Oh well, maybe next time.. :(

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This small beaded section measures 10cm x 12cm.

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I still have a long way to go on this piece.. What do you think?  :O

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Assembling a Beaded Cathedral

After a long hiatus, I am finally getting back to working on my Russian bead-painting

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I stitched custom sterling silver crosses to the top of the onion domes (10 in all). Then, I wire-wrapped each spire to complete the look. I also cut out a few more layers of felt to help build up a few of the chapels… It took me several hours to stitch everything together.. Now, my beaded St. Basil’s Cathedral is complete! What do you think? I think its time to begin the next phase! :O

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10″ x 13″

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Busy Beading a Russian Cathedral..

Here is the latest progress on my bead painting. Yesterday, I finished beading the 6th small chapel which surrounds my felt Russian cathedral. I am using all different sorts of glass seed beads as well as tanzanite Swarovski crystal bicones. (Can you see them?) Beads are stitched to the felt using needle and thread.

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Bead embroidery in progress. 10″ x 13″.

Currently, the chapels are still independent pieces of beadwork which will eventually be stitched to the bottom layer of felt. I also just ordered custom sterling silver crosses to stitch to the top of the onion domes. Can’t wait to receive them.. How does it look so far? Please check Facebook or Twitter for my next update:) Thanks for your interest in my beadwork!

Bead Netted Chapel

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Beadwork in progress. (10″ x 13″)

Finally, I had some time to work on my latest bead painting! I just finished beading the 3rd small chapel on the right of my Russian cathedral. The onion dome is covered in bead-netting which has also been stitched to the felt. The beaded chapels are still separate pieces of beadwork which will eventually be sewn to the larger piece of felt behind them. How does it look so far? :D

P.S. There are currently 3 new beaded Pug pins listed in my Etsy shop, as well as a beaded Yorkie.. They are all ready to ship! Back to beading:)

New Bead Painting in Progress!

I have been very busy lately! Recently, I started working on a new bead painting. This piece will be a city scene inspired by a photo I took while visiting Moscow.

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First, I enlarged one of the photos I took and cut out the image of St. Basil’s Cathedral. I used it as a template to create felt shapes which outline the architecture of the building. Then, I cut out more shapes, and stitched them together, creating a felt foundation for my subject (shown below).

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Next, I began stitching beads to the felt.. So far, I am using mostly gray and white beads for this piece. Some are Czech or Japanese seed beads, some are vintage beads, and some are gemstones (such as Ocean Jasper)..

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I plan to use many different types of beads for visual interest and to represent the beauty of the cathedral itself.

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So far, I have completed 2 sections of this piece, with the exception of the spires which I will work on at a later date. How does it look? :D

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Due to the size and complexity of this subject, I think its safe to say I will be beading for awhile.. Please follow my Facebook page for the latest updates. Thanks for your interest in my beadwork!