February 9, 2013

Art Bead Scene February Challenge: Toshi Yoshida

Heijinja, 1941, Toshi Yoshida

Every month the folks at the Art Bead Scene Blog host a challenge using art as inspiration.  This months woodblock print is by Toshi Yoshida.  Apparently he started very young and was very gifted in his use of the woodblock for his artwork.  For more details, visit ABS.  Also check out the other challenge entries on the ABS Flicker page.

I was immediately drawn to the red and yellow as seen in the above pallet.  I chose light gold swarovski pearls (which look slightly yellow), gold findings, and a red lampwork bead.  The art bead was made by Kelly DiLoreto of Holy Frit Beads

Another influence/inspiration for this design is Marion Haskell.  She was a designer during the 1930's.  Her jewelry, although considered vintage now, is still in demand by collectors.

NOTE:  I was suprised by this announcement :  ABS Studio Saturday, Jan 29:  This week's winner is Renetha of Lamplight Crafts! Congratulations, Renetha! You have won a a polymer clay Buddha pendant from Barbara of SecondSurf.com courtesy of Erin Siegel of Erin Siegel JewelrySend Erin an email with your address and she will get your prize out to you soon!  Thank you Erin, Barbara, and Art Bead Scene!  I love ABS and look forward to each Studio Saturday, because I learn so much.  The prizes aren't bad either  :)