>Beaded Artist Statement


The Lone Beader Artist Statement Boston bead embroidery artist

Yesterday, I delivered my bead-painting to the Cambridge Art Association for the upcoming North East Prize Show. Since I am still new to the whole art ‘thing’, I was a little nervous, but everything was fine. I am getting used to seeing my paintings leave, then come back months later, but it still kind of makes me sad to see them go! Now, I have a 4-ft. bare wall to look at for the next 6 weeks! 😦

Regardless, this is a great experience because it forced me to sit down and write an Artist Statement. Artist statements give an insight into the artist’s world and their body of work by sharing their techniques, inspirations, and goals. Art administrators, curators, and gallery owners generally need a statement in order to do their work. It is also good for artists to support their work verbally and/or textually because it provides them with a greater understanding of their own work. Written statements can be either long or short and are often revised throughout the artist’s career. This is good because I have already edited mine since yesterday! Here’s what I wrote:


I am a self-taught bead embroidery artist who loves to stitch tiny glass seed beads to felt. My beaded subjects are often combined with collage and acrylics in way which really pops out of the canvas. My work may appear to be carefully planned, but I am actually quite spontaneous in my creative methods. As I construct each element of beadwork, I begin to envision the finished piece, as well as the ideas it should convey to the viewer. This process can take 2 -3 months depending on the size and complexity of the piece.

I feel that I am on a journey toward a beaded reality. My beadwork began by featuring birds and animals, but quickly evolved into a style of realistic relief paintings inspired by popular culture and history. These inspirations play well together mainly because history does repeat itself, yet it looks quite different when beaded. And, there is an interesting juxtaposition within the work. It takes quite a bit of time to bead subjects which typically move quickly in reality, such as cars & other vehicles. Beading also represents the fact that a certain amount of craftsmanship is required to build a vehicle from start to finish.

My current works feature city scenes, classic automobiles, and dogs. I am inspired by vehicles most because they take us to new places, but dogs keep us company when we arrive. I have also begun a self portrait series which will combine childhood dreams as they would exist in the future.


I am learning that there are actually a lot of ideas behind my beadwork, and reasons why I bead what I bead, but it is difficult to put them into words. I have a feeling this statement will be ammended at some point in time… Have you written an Artist Statement yet? If so, what did you learn about your art and yourself?

6 thoughts on “>Beaded Artist Statement

  1. >Artist statement: I have a need to make what I need in whatever medium is best suited to the need but I am especially drawn to little glass beads.Does that qualify? If not, I’m in trouble.

  2. >You’ve come so far from the time I began reading your blog. Congratulations on all your successes, and your newest project looks to be another winner! Nicely done.

  3. >When I was at art college, we had to write many artist statements, but it became most important when we had to do it for our senior show (where everyone would be seeing our work, etc). It was difficult to do! Especially narrowing it down to 3 paragraphs but still be able to mention the type of work you create. Yours is excellent for a crafter! I like reading artist statements of people who craft b/c it’s not usually expected.

  4. >I’ve written many artist statements over the years and have learned something about what my subconscious is doing while my fingers are just beading, beading, beading, lol!

  5. >You know, I’ve written bits and pieces, for myself while journaling, but never a formal document. Could be an interesting exercise. (I really like yours — so many people have terribly stuffy ones, but yours is quite accessible.)

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