January 30, 2013

ABS January Challenge: Botke

The Art Bead Scene challenge for the month of January was to make a piece of wearable art inspired by the painting, Black Peacocks with Japanese Persimmons. The artist, Jessie Arms Botke, specialized in painting birds against an imaginary landscape.  She often applied gold leaf  to the canvas or panel.  Visit the ABS blog for more details on the artist's work.

I, of course, focused on the feathers, since they were so detailed and large.  So I took the literal approach to my jewelry design and used feathers to make a pair of earrings.  The most important task for this challenge is to incorporate art beads into a design.  I used two bicone disc lampwork beads made by Catherine Napier, Catherine Napier Designs.  Catherine is a member of the Miami Valley Lampwork Bead Artists.  I picked out a few of her beads at a trunk show at my favorite bead shop, STASH!  STASH will be featuring beads from several of the Miami Valley Lampwork Bead Artists group each month or so.

The beads pick up the colors in the feathers as well as the challenge artwork.

Visit the ABS Group Flicker Page to see more challenge designs!

Upcoming Projects:

AJE Earring Challenge, Week 5& 6
Year of Jewelry, Week 5, Deja Vu
Inspired by Winter Challenge, Reveal 7 Feb