>Beading in Series


In Robin Atkins‘ latest book, Heart to Hands Bead Embroidery, there is a page about working in series. Robin wrote “With each piece, we become more confident. With each piece, we learn more about how to express our beliefs, concerns, and experiences in life. With each piece, our technical skills increase. With each piece, our visual voice becomes stronger and more unique.

Inspired by those words, I began to cut out the felt shapes for my third and final DeLorean time machine. This car is a slightly different angle than the last, and the door is closed. The felt measures about 10″ wide. It is my intention that this car will represent the stage at which Einstein returns from his time-traveling adventure – the third part of my beaded trilogy.

Felted Beaded Back to the Future DeLorean car pop art bead embroidery artist
After beading the first two DeLoreans, I am confident that this one will take less time to complete! I also feel that my technical skills are increasing, but I feel that I am still learning about how to express my ideas & beliefs…

Felted Beaded Back to the Future DeLorean car pop art bead embroidery artist

What has working in series taught you about how you create art?

Felted Beaded Back to the Future DeLorean car pop art bead embroidery artist

9 thoughts on “>Beading in Series

  1. >My Elemental Series is almost half done – and I am learning lots each time I work on it. Technical ability, for sure, but also recognizing my own style and the emotion attached to each bead which allows me to be more creative.Kassie

  2. >Your work is absolutely amazing! I haven’t really worked in series but lately I’ve been doing a lot of wrapped loop necklaces and bracelets and I’ve learned that if I’m patient and just keep doing them, they’ll get easier and faster, which they have. Don’t be afraid to push yourself and (I don’t want to sound like a Nike ad but I must…) just do it!

  3. >Robin, thank you for your comment! I think I have learned to trust myself a little, too! But, it is still a scary process at times! I could also learn a little more about colour and composition, but I try not to think about it too much. I just do what comes naturally. And, Arline, thanks for your comment, as well! Art is all about expression!! If others don’t see your work, what’s the point of expressing it?? 😀

  4. >My technical skills improved radically, but I found that it is not all about skills. Working in a series has taught me not to be afraid to put myself ( my real self) out there for others to see. I’ve learned that it is okay to express my feelings in my art. It increases the depth of my work and you can actually see the difference in those pieces that were done just to be done.It has also encouraged me to share what I have learned with others. I now teach a free stitch class to show how easy bead embroidery can be. Arline

  5. >Working in series has taught me how much I still have to learn about composition and color…a lifetime won’t be enough to learn it all, but that’s great…it means I’ll never be bored or come to the end of the journey…yay!

  6. >Thanks for the “nod!” You ask a great question at the end of this post, LB! I’ll be very interested to see what people say. For me,so far, working in series has taught me…1. To trust that here is no end… the completion of a good piece is just the beginning of another good piece.2. To trust my process… every bead I sew on a piece contributes something special to it.3. To trust my instincts and intuition, allowing them to override the rules.4. To trust my heart above all… to stand back without judgements as it reveals what is within.In short, working in series has taught me to trust.

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