Cambridge Art Association’s 14th National Prize Show!

Cambridge Art Association 14th National Prize Show The Lone Beader Diana Grygo Radio City Beadwork Boston Artist

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‘Radio City’. Handsewn beadwork on canvas. 40″ x 30″.

Today, I am thrilled to announce that my largest beaded painting entitled Radio City has been juried into Cambridge Art Association’s 14th National Prize show. Honouring the vision of Michael Rush, Founding Director of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University. With work selected by Caitlin Doherty, Curator & Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University. The National Prize Show will feature artists working in all media and styles.

Exhibition runs May 15 – July 25th, 2015.

Reception: Friday, May 15.. 6-8pm 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.

Please check my Facebook page and/or the Cambridge Art Association‘s website for more info. Hope to see you there! Also, please check my Etsy shop for new beaded dog jewelry & beading patterns. First time customers save 10% with coupon code TAKETEN2015 at checkout. Thanks for looking! 🙂

4th Beaded Taxi Cab & New Website!

Beaded Yellow NYC taxi cab fiber art New York City mixed media painting

A couple of days ago, I completed the bead embroidery for my 4th beaded NYC taxi cab. I used a number of larger seed beads for this one, including Magatamas, and Czech crystal rounds. This car really sparkles in traffic! Finally, I think all the beaded components for my Radio City Music Hall painting are complete. Next, I need to stitch them altogether, and start working on a painted canvas! I still have quite a bit of work to do! :O

Beaded Yellow NYC taxi cab fiber art New York City mixed media painting

Also, I am thrilled to announce that I now have a new website! I feel very accomplished because I redesigned this site myself using iWeb. I think this one shares a  little more information about me, as well as more photos of my beadwork! I hope you’ll stop by and take a peek:  https://thelonebeader.com/ 

Thank you for your interest! 🙂

Larger Taxi, Larger Beads

Beaded Yellow NYC taxi cab fiber art New York City mixed media painting

Here’s a quick pic of the 4th beaded taxi cab I’ve been working on. This one is only slightly larger than the last, but it seems much larger! I am using larger beads, too! Magatamas, size 8’s, size 6’s, bugles, and some bigger black & gold Czech glass beads. (Currently, there are over 30 different types of seed beads out on my beading mat!) Because these large beads are heavier, I am stitching through them several times. This process takes a bit longer, but it ensures that the beads will be held in place properly. How do you think this taxi cab will look speeding down a beaded NYC street? 😀

Three Beaded NYC Taxi Cabs

Beaded NYC yellow taxi cabs New York City beadwork bead embroidery

Semi-beaded NYC taxi cab #3. Bead embroidery on felt. 14" x 4.5" (36cm x 11cm).

This week, I’ve been busy designing a few custom orders for my Etsy shop. I also   finished beading the 3rd speeding taxi cab for my Radio City Music Hall painting. (Well, it’s almost finished.. I can see where I forgot to add some red seed beads!) Aside from that, I tried to make it stand out a little more than the other two cabs. I used darker yellows, different metal hubcaps, twisted bugle beads, and Magatamas… What do you think? Is it starting to look like a New York City street scene? And, how many more beaded taxi cabs should I make? :O

Beaded Radio City Music Hall mixed media NYC street scene beadwork painting

Semi-beaded Radio City Music Hall painting. Bead embroidery on felt. Work in progress.

Yellow Magatama Taxi Cab

Beaded NYC taxi cab bead embroidery Magatama see beads

Semi-beaded NYC taxi cab #3. Bead embroidery on felt. 14" x 4.5" (36cm x 11cm).

I’ve been busy the past couple of days. I spent mostly all of Tuesday redesigning my official website using iWeb. It’s almost complete, and I hope to have it up and running soon! I am also still working on my third beaded NYC taxi cab. Above, you can see that I have used several different yellow seed beads in size 11/o, as well as Miyuki Magatama seed beads. Magatamas are similar to a drop bead but they are more round than they are teardrop shaped. I think they will help to add a new texture to the larger taxi cabs in my beaded Radio City Music Hall scene! Next I must finish the windows as well as the sign on top of the car. Back to beading! 🙂

Semi-Beaded Taxi Cab #3

Beaded NYC yellow taxi cab bead embroidery

Semi-beaded NYC taxi cab #3. Bead embroidery on felt. 14" x 4.5" (36cm x 11cm).

Finally some more progress on my beaded Radio City Music Hall painting. I started beading a 3rd yellow taxi cab. This one is slightly larger than the last. To make this car look a little different from the others, I used long black twisted bugle beads, red round faceted Czech glass beads, and a mix of pink & purple-ish seed beads on the tail end of the car. I have also begun to use some yellow Magatamas! Just wait ’til it’s finished! 😀

Two Beaded NYC Taxi Cabs

Beaded NYC taxi cab bead embroidery NYC street scene

2nd beaded NYC taxi cab. Bead embroidery on felt. 13" x 4" (33cm x 10cm).

Today, just a quick post to show you the 2nd beaded taxi cab I’ve been beading. I worked on this during the past couple of days. I think it is mostly complete, although I still have a bit more work to do on the tires. I also noticed that there is more felt showing through on this car than there is on the previous car. I’m not sure I like that, so I may decide to stitch on some more seed beads here and there.. How do you think it looks in the big picture – next to my beaded Radio City Music Hall? 😀

Beaded NYC street scene bead embroidery art beadwork taxi cab painting

Semi-beaded Radio City Music Hall painting. Bead embroidery on felt. Work in progress.

Also, special thanks for commenting on my 5th Blogiversary Giveaway post. Yuliya Art has won a free PDF copy of my Intro to Extreme Bead Embroidery Tutorial! Please sign up for my mailing list and/or join my Facebook page for updates regarding new Etsy items, exhibitions, special offers, & giveaways! Thank you for your interest in my beadwork! 🙂

Time to start working on a 3rd taxi cab…  :O