Cambridge Art Association’s 11th National Prize Show

Today, I am thrilled to announce that my beaded military tank entitled Imminence of War has been accepted into Cambridge Art Association’s 11th National Prize show. Juried by Clara Kim of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, The National Prize Show will feature artists working in all media and styles.

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Exhibition runs May 31st – July 5th, 2012.

Reception: Friday, June 8th, 5:30-7:30pm 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.

 Awards given at 6:30pm at University Place Gallery.

Please check the Cambridge Art Association‘s website for more info.

Hope to see you there!

>Beaded Imminence of War

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Well, it took me all week to stitch on the Ultrasuede & felt backing, but I am finally finished with my beaded M1 Abrams main battle tank. Check out the back of the piece to see the hanging hardware I attached:

beaded camo camouflage print military Afghanistan fallen soldiers U.S. pop art war bead embroidery For those of you who are new readers, I began working on this fiber art piece in mid-October 2009. This military tank consists of bead embroidery on felt using size 15 Japanese glass seed beads, hardware, and collage. Here are a few quick pics I took of the tank hanging on my wall. Check out:
beaded camo camouflage print military Afghanistan fallen soldiers U.S. pop art war bead embroideryIt may be hard to tell from this pic, but the artillery stands out from the wall by 3″ and the shadow below the tank (depicting the caskets of our fallen heroes) bends outward by 4″… hence the imminence…

beaded camo camouflage print military Afghanistan fallen soldiers U.S. pop art war bead embroidery
The entire piece measures 21″ wide x 9″tall x 4″ deep (53 x 21 x 10cm).

beaded camo camouflage print military Afghanistan fallen soldiers U.S. pop art war bead embroidery
Working on this piece was an uphill battle, one which I did not enjoy. The entire process was both mentally & physically grueling. I broke a few beading needles and I stabbed myself several times with the beading needle while stitching through the canvas paper collage. I also pricked my finger while stitching on the backing. I knew all of these things would happen eventually… In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.

>Heavily Beaded Combat

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Here’s what I’ve been up to the past couple of days. I have attempted to stitch the parts of my beaded M1 Abrams main battle tank together. I stitched the shadow piece to the tank, then I stitched another piece of 12-gauge coated copper wire to the back of the shadow. This will help to stiffen it a bit. I am also going to stitch a piece of metal mesh to the back as well. I want the shadow to bend outwards a bit like it would in real life and I think the metal mesh will help to retain the shape that I want the piece to be.

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Semi-beaded M1 Abrams main battle tank. Bead embroidery on f elt.
21″ wide x 11″ tall (53 x 30cm)

Next, I will have to stitch the top section of the tank to the bottom section to secure it a bit more. I will also have to add a backing to the entire piece, as well as hanging hardware. When this tank is finally finished, it will be one heavy piece of beaded artillery! 😮

>Home for Beading

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I know I should be like many other bloggers and post something about Christmas seeing how it’s Christmas Eve and everything, but the truth is I’m just not feeling it. Christmas will be just another day to me, probably because I won’t be home for the holidays. Of course, neither will many American servicemen & women serving in the Middle East, so my thoughts & prayers are with them this holiday season as I continue working on my beaded M1 Abrams main battle tank.

beaded camo camouflage print military Afghanistan fallen soldiers U.S. pop art war bead embroiderySemi-beaded M1 Abrams main battle tank. Bead embroidery on f elt.
21″ wide x 11″ tall (53 x 30cm)

During the past couple of days I did a lot of beading. I completed more freeform peyote stitch on the shadow beneath my beaded military tank. And, I have only broken one beading needle so far! Can you see what I have done? Can you see what I have left to do? How do you think it looks? I plan to take the next few days off of blogging so that I can keep beading…

Also, before I forget, please stop by to enter my final Lark Books giveaway for the year. CLICK HERE for a chance to win a brand new copy of Marcia DeCoster’s ‘Beaded Opulence’! One winner will be selected on Sunday, December 27!

Until then, Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

>Beaded In

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Yesterday, I chose a winner for last week’s Lark Books giveaway! Please stop by Mary McGraw’s blog and congratulate her for winning a copy of Jamie Cloud Eakin’s ‘Bugle Bead Bonanza’! Also, please stop by tomorrow to enter my 4th & final book giveaway of the month!

beaded camo camouflage print military Afghanistan fallen soldiers U.S. pop art war bead embroideryI hope everyone is almost ready for the holidays. Sometime in between all the shopping, shipping, partying, & eating, I have managed to do a little more beadwork on my beaded M1 Abrams main battle tank.

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I am still working on the freeform peyote around the canvas cutouts on my tank’s shadow. It’s a slow process, but I think that some progress has been made…

beaded camo camouflage print military Afghanistan fallen soldiers U.S. pop art war bead embroidery
21″ wide x 11″ tall (53 x 30cm)

And, since quite a bit of snow has fallen in Boston overnight, I have an excuse to keep working on my beadwork for most of the day! How will you spend your Sunday afternoon? 🙂

>Buried in Freeform Peyote

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Yay, finally a new post! Today I want to show you the progress of my beaded M1 Abrams main battle tank. I’m working on the shadow beneath the tank. This part started out slow, but now I think it’s going okay. Check it out:

 

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I began by stitching a few rows of black seed beads around the edges and in between the canvas coffins on my shadow. Then, I started to expand upon those by doing a little freeform peyote stitch. I want to do just enough beadwork in between each coffin cutout to make them appear to be buried in the beadwork. The last time I did something like this was when I embedded the faces of WWII prisoners into my painting ‘History Repeated‘. One thing that is difficult about this is stitching through the canvas collage. I am trying to work a little slower than usual just so I don’t break my beading needle! 😮 

beaded camo camouflage print military Afghanistan fallen soldiers U.S. pop art war bead embroiderySemi-beaded M1 Abrams main battle tank. Bead embroidery on f elt.
21″ wide x 11″ tall (53 x 30cm) 

So far, I don’t know if I really like what I am doing, but I’m not going to give up. I’m just going to continue with this concept and keep beading.. I have a feeling the results will surprise me. We’ll see! 😮

>Black Bead Soup

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Congrats to Jackie!! She won my weekly Lark Books giveaway!! She will receive a brand new copy of ‘Creative Native American Beading’ by Theresa Flores Geary. Thanks so much for reading my blog, Jackie! Please stop by tomorrow for the announcement of my next giveaway.

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Also, here’s a quick photo of what I’ve been up to. I created a black bead soup by mixing several sizes of seed beads together in black, gold, and bronze. I don’t do this very often, but when I do, it’s always fun! My favourite beads in this mix are the black/gold Czech glass beads – I brought these home from the Czech Republic last year! As you can see, I started to bead around the outside edge of the shadow for my beaded military tank. I want to do a little more beadwork before I show you the entire piece, but here’s a sneek peak:

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I think this bead mix will add some visual interest!
Have you ever made bead soup before?