Well, I know I'm off to a slow start and it's only the first entry of the year, but I promise to get better at this! January was a crazy month and so was the beginning of February. I hope things have died down for a bit so I can get my February piece produced and posted in record time. ;)
The challenge put to us was to choose a theme and then a shape/size of beadwork to product a piece with that theme every month. I am much more of a wearable art kinda girl rather than producing a set of journal pages for myself. I want my pieces to be functional, so my size and shape of choice is a rectangular canvas that will be turned into a special collection of cuff bracelets.
The theme I've chosen is character traits that I admire in a strong woman. I've got several ideas in mind for the months to come but I know it will be tough to narrow it down to only 12. My first piece is entitled "Spirit."
I wanted to incorporate some beautiful elements found in nature so I designed my own floral motif (my fantasy flower turned out pretty cool for something that literally came to life before my eyes as I beaded it.) The butterfly is a key element of my design as it has been honored as a symbol of transformation. As we journey through life, we encounter endless turns, shifts and conditions that cause us to morph into ever-finer beings. At our journey’s end, we are inevitably changed. So this cuff represents the internal spirit and metamorphosis that a strong woman goes through when finding that strength within.
Here are some shots of my finished piece. I welcome your feedback! Looking forward to sharing more of this collection in the months to come.