>Winter Juried Show 2010

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On Saturday night, I attended the opening reception for the Duxbury Art Association’s 36th Annual Winter Juried Show, and had a wonderful time! The event was crowded, too – I estimated that more than 125 people attended the Art Complex Museum. I will be honest – I didn’t take many photos at this show because I was too busy eating Island Creek Oysters! I think the oysters were the best part of the evening, other than the fact that I won an award! My beaded fire truck, Engine Co. 6, won 3rd Place Mixed Media! I am so thrilled! I also had the chance to talk about my beadwork a lot – many people approached me to ask questions about my work as well as my inspiration for the piece. It was a lovely evening! Please check out more pics in my Flickr or on my Facebook page. Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

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>Break for Beaded Skates!

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‘Babe Rainbow Skates’ by Tom Wegman.
The Fuller Craft Museum. Brockton, MA.

Yesterday, I took a break from beadwork to visit the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA. It was my first time visiting the museum, and it is lovely! Their current exhibit is called The Perfect Fit: Shoes Tell Stories and it features many wonderful artist-made shoes & art inspired by the shoe-making industry. I learned a couple of things while viewing this exhibit: 1) There was once a time when one in every 10 pairs of shoes in America was manufactured in Brockton, MA. 2) Thomas Edison chose Brockton to be one of the first cities in America to have electricity! To see more exhibits at the museum (and more beaded shoes!), please check my Flickr. Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

>Afternoon in Murano (Part 2)

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For those of you who may never have the opportunity to visit the Murano Glass Museum in person, I took the following photos. These cards explain both the Vocabulary of Murano Glass Making and a Glossary of the Types of Glass & Decorative Procedures. On the very last page, you will find a note about Conterie and the Methods of Making Glass Beads. Please click the pics to enlarge.

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bead factory travel italy murano glass museum venice venezia bead making glass blowing venetian beads mille fiori

bead factory travel italy murano glass museum venice venezia embroidery venetian beads mille fiori

bead factory travel italy murano glass museum venice venezia bead making glass blowing venetian beads mille fiori

bead factory travel italy murano glass museum venice venezia bead making glass blowing venetian beads mille fiori

bead factory travel italy murano glass museum venice venezia embroidery venetian beads mille fiori
Now, let’s go bead shopping! ๐Ÿ™‚

Also, just a quick reminder – if you happen to be in Boston tonight, stop by Bead & Fiber Gallery at 460 Harrison Ave. to check out my current exhibit, Under the Microscope. Tonight is First Friday from 5-9pm! Please check Bead & Fiber’s website for more information. Hope to see you there! ๐Ÿ™‚

>Afternoon in Murano (Part 1)

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On my third day in Venice, Italy, I finally took the vaporetto to the Glass Island of Murano. Murano is actually a group of islands adjoined by bridges. It is about 30 minutes away from the main island of Venice.

 

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Murano is known for the beautiful glass objects & beads that have been made there for centuries. I went there to see demonstrations of glass being made and to learn a little more about the history of Venetian glassmaking, so the first place I went was to the Murano Glass Museum. Since photography was not really allowed, here is just a sneak peek inside the museum. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Please click the pics to enlarge… 

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bead factory travel italy murano glass museum venice venezia embroidery venetian beads mille fiori 

bead factory travel italy murano glass museum venice venezia embroidery venetian beads mille fiori 

bead factory travel italy murano glass museum venice venezia embroidery venetian beads mille fiori 

bead factory travel italy murano glass museum venice venezia embroidery venetian beads mille fiori 

bead factory travel italy murano glass museum venice venezia embroidery venetian beads mille fiori 

bead factory travel italy murano glass museum venice venezia embroidery venetian beads mille fiori 

bead factory travel italy murano glass museum venice venezia embroidery venetian beads mille fiori
Please check my Murano photo set on Flickr for more pics. Also, please check back for Part 2 to learn about Murano glass bead making. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

>Ancient Beadwork

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Since yesterday was a holiday, I went to the Museum of Fine Arts for their Open House! Most every Monday holiday means free admission at the MFA, and I try to take advantage of it when I can. I actually went to see the Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese: Rivals in Renaissance Venice exhibition since I’m planning a trip to Venice, but I also found myself in the ‘new’ Old Kingdom Egyptian rooms. There, I found the most beautiful bead-netted dress which dated from 2500 B.C.!

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Believe it or not, I was actually contacted by someone from the UK about this dress several months ago. I was asked if I knew how to recreate a likeness of the dress, and if I thought I could, it would be worn in a movie production/documentary film. The person who emailed me had a deadline, knew very little about beading, and had no idea how long such a task would take. Of course, if it were bead embroidery, I could do it, but at the time, I had not even seen the dress in person- only a photo. And, now that I have seen it, I think I could possibly do it, but there would have to be no immediate deadline, because it doesn’t look very simple! You can learn a little more about this dress by clicking the photo below, then click All Sizes on my Flickr page:

Building the New Museum of Fine Arts MFA beadwork beadnet dress egyptian Giza ancient beads

After reading this information, I wondered what kind of thread the Egyptians used to string beads in 2500 B.C… How many years did it take for the threads to disintegrate? Also, how many years would it take for modern Nymo (nylon) thread to disintegrate in a similar circumstance? And, how will my beadwork hold up over the next 2500 years or so – that is, if the human race still exists on this planet… if the planet exists at all… Just a few beads for thought! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

P.S. If you would like to see more beadwork & jewelry found at the MFA, please check my Flickr! Enjoy!
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>Celebrating Beads in D.C.

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Thanks for all your comments on my last post! I really appreciate all the encouragement! I had a nice time in Washington, D.C., and I accomplished a lot while I was there! I went to the National Gallery of Art‘s East Building to check out work by Andy Warhol, Picasso and Alexander Calder. Then, I went to the West Building to see the only Leonardo da Vinci painting in the Western Hemisphere. I checked to see if anyone was protesting anything in front of the White House (…and nothing! LOL). I debated politics at the pub until last call. I went to the National Archives to see the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. I checked out the Zenith Gallery because I had to take a closer look at Susan Klebanoff‘s tapestries. And, I did a little shopping at the International Spy Museum… ๐Ÿ˜€

Of course, in between all of that, I went to the Passion of Beads Gala hosted by the Bead Museum. This was my first visit to the museum, and it was lovely! They have a very large exhibit of beads from around the world, as well as the Bead Timeline of History. The museum is small, but there is a lot of information there!

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Bead Museum D.C. Celebrating Beads journey the lone beader boston artist competition bead embroidery

After learning a little about the museum, I was happy to meet one of my readers – Zoya Gutina! Zoya and I talked a lot! We are like old friends now! ๐Ÿ˜€

Bead Museum D.C. Celebrating Beads Passion for Beads Gala journey the lone beader boston bead embroidery(Zoya won First Place in the Hobbyist Seed Beads category!:)

The gala was nice, too. There was lots of food, wine, a silent auction, a screening of Diana Friedberg’s ‘World on a String’, and a fine display of beadwork to look at! But, Zoya & I wondered, “Where are our pieces??” We were told that all of the Celebrating Beads finalists work would be on display at the event, but it seemed that almost half of the pieces were missing! After a little investigating, we learned that the museum did not carry the insurance for the large works that did not fit in the flat display tables. So they weren’t there! Many people were asking me where my piece was, and I really wanted to see all of the 109 finalists’ work! I was very disappointed about that… The reason many of us went was because we were told our pieces would be there! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
Ah well… I guess it doesn’t matter because my piece did not place into the exhibit anyways. But, I knew that it wouldn’t. We saw the Award Winner’s work in a slide show, and I would say that 95% of the winning pieces were jewelry, and mostly necklaces… A large bead painting like Gasoline District would not fit in with that, nor would it even fit on a wall at the museum! LOL. But, all was not lost. The jurors got to see my work, including Joyce Scott, and that makes me feel like a winner! ๐Ÿ˜€

All in all, I would say that the entire experience was necessary, fun, and interesting. I met many wonderful people. I learned a little more about beads. I realized that my work has probably outgrown the bead competitions, and is perhaps now entering the realm of contemporary art. But most importantly, this event taught me that if at first you don’t succeed, bead, bead again! ๐Ÿ˜€