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? 😀

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:)

>Oval Vision

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When I incorporate improvisational techniques in my beadwork, I usually discover designs that I would like to repeat throughout the piece. As you can see, now there will be several types of beaded trees which make up the foliage around my beaded White House! 😀

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At first, I was pretty nervous about this whole project, but now I am starting to get excited about it! Especially now, since my 36″ oval canvas has arrived!

beaded White House east wing green trees Barack Obama pop art beadwork oval canvas bead embroidery blogSemi-beaded White House relief painting. 24″ x 36″.
Bead embroidery on felt. Work in progress.

Now, I can really start to envision my painting! 😀

>Vintage Crystal Lights

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This week has been a busy week for me, so I haven’t had a chance to get much beading done. But, I think I finally finished the details I wanted to add to my beaded White House. These details included beading the little chimneys on the roof, and adding outside lights to make the building look complete.

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I used vintage crystals from my personal collection for the lights. These crystals actually came from a couple of old necklaces that were found in my grandmother’s jewelry collection after she passed away. I guessed that the necklaces were from the 30’s or 40’s. The necklaces were mostly intact, but the clasp and threads that strung the beads were corroded and dirty, so I just took them apart. I really don’t think they are Swarovski crystals, but they are definitely glass, and they look beautiful to me! So, I stitched them onto the White House at the tops of the columns. I also stitched some to the top of the chimneys! I used a total of 44 crystals!

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Then, I cut out a piece of sturdy metal fabric and lined it with felt to cover the sharp edges. I will stitch this metal to the back of my beadwork. Similar to my DeLorean Time Machine design, this piece will support the oval room as it ‘pops’ out of the canvas.

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Then, all I have to do is stitch the two pieces together!

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Semi- beaded White House relief painting. 16″ x 6″.
Bead embroidery on felt. Work in progress.

>Beaded White House History

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I was doing a little research & learned something they didn’t teach me in grade school. It took 8 years to build the White House from 1792 – 1800, and it was built mostly by slaves and immigrants. I wasn’t really surprised to learn these facts, but I was disappointed that my teachers never pointed them out to me.

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After I thought about it for awhile, I decided that I was proud of how far the White House has come since then…

beaded White House President Barack Obama change bead embroidery pop art beadwork beading blog slavesSemi- beaded White House relief painting. 16″ x 6″.
Bead embroidery on felt. Work in progress.


… and it has only been 8 weeks of beading! 😮

>Perfect Beaded Railing

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Yay! I finally finished the beaded railing on my beaded White House! It is made with only size 15 seed beads and nylon thread. It took me awhile to do it because I didn’t like it at first. I was trying to be a perfectionist which caused me to rip out the beads twice! But now, I think it’s fine. I really like the second story railing, so I will just move on. I have to keep telling myself that it is only art, not an exact replica of the White House! 😮

beaded White House President Barack Obama change bead embroidery pop art beadwork beading blogSemi- beaded White House relief painting. 16″ x 6″.
Bead embroidery on felt. Work in progress.

Anyways, I still plan to layer some seed beads on the columns, then I will continue beading the roof! I am hoping to get everything finished this week so I can move on to the next element of my beaded painting… Wish me luck! 😮

>Beading a Résumé

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Each day, I get closer and closer to finishing my beaded White House, but the details are what make it a slow process. I did finish beading the columns on the center section of the house, but I think I want to layer them with more beads to make them stand out even more. We’ll see about that. I also have to try to create beaded railings on this section. Then, I can move on to the roof…

beaded White House Barack Obama change bead embroidery pop art beadwork beading blogSemi- beaded White House relief painting. 16″ x 6″.
Bead embroidery on felt. Work in progress.

Besides beading, I have been busy updating my artist resume. I am required to bring one with me when I drop off my bead-painting at the Cambridge Art Association for the upcoming Northeast Prize Show. Compared to most other artists, my resume is pretty short, but here’s what I have so far:

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The Lone Beader

(Name and Contact info)

Forthcoming Exhibition

Bead + Fiber Gallery. Boston, MA. September 4- 26, 2009

Selected Group Exhibitions
2009 – Focus on Fiber II – Fiber Open. Studio Channel Islands Art Center. Camarillo, CA.
2008 – Celebrating Beads, a journey of… Bead Museum. Washington, D.C. Finalist.
2008 – 11th Annual Quincy Artsfest. Quincy, MA.
2008 – Bead International 2008. Dairy Barn Arts Center. Athens, OH.
2008 – Dimensions 2008. Associated Artists of Winston-Salem. Winston-Salem, N.C.
2008 – Taking Textiles Seriously. Side Show Studios. Sacramento, CA.
2007 – Bead Dreams 2007. Milwaukee, WI.

Awards
2008 – Juried 1st Place Mixed Media. 11th Annual Quincy Artsfest. Quincy, MA.
2007 – 2nd Place NonWearables. Bead Dreams 2007. Milwaukee, WI.

Commissions
Wildlife painting for _____________
Pet portrait for ________________

Bibliography
РУЧНАЯ РАБОТА (Handmade Magazine) 2008, Russia.
Bead International 2008 & Beyond Basketry Exhibition Catalog – Ohio University Press.
Bead & Button Magazine (Bead Dreams Special Supplement). October 2007.
Bead & Button Magazine (Your Work). December 2007, June 2007, December 2006, June 2005.

Selected Online Publications
The Lone Beader – Adventures in Bead Embroidery. Artist weblog. 2006 – present.
EBSQ Live Studio. Adventures in Bead Embroidery. January 2007.

Education
Self taught.

See also TheLoneBeader.com.

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How do you think it looks so far? Is there anything I should add or omit? I still have to work on my Artist Statement a bit, but I do plan to include that, as well. I also plan to include a statement about my painting just in case anyone is interested. Looks like I have some writing to do! 😮

>Shading with Nymo

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Last night, I finished beading around the windows of my beaded White House. I used the same twisted bugle beads for this, in white & gray. Interestingly, this worked out perfectly! The bugle beads were just the right length, and I had just enough white beads to do what I wanted to do!

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You may have noticed that some of the curtains were made with size 15 gray seed beads. Also, if you look very closely, you will see that I used black Nymo thread on the center ‘Oval Room‘ section. The black thread makes the translucent white beads look gray! The reason I did this is because this part will not be out in the sun like the rest of the building is… I may add some more shading on this section as well, but that may require me to get some more of these twisted bugle beads… 😮

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Semi- beaded White House relief painting. 16″ x 6″.
Bead embroidery on felt. Beadwork in progress.

How do you think it looks so far? 😀