Saturday, 31 March 2007

Quilt of belonging

I came across a message on a blog recommending to check out the "Quilt of Belonging".

"The Quilt of Belonging is a stunning textile art project that shows there is a place for all in the fabric of society. Quilt of belonging is a 120 foot long by 10.5 foot high (36 metres by 3.5 metres) tapestry. The rich, cultural legacies portrayed in the 263 blocks include all the First Peoples in Canada and every nation of the world."

The official website is here and you can even have a close view by block. This is a wonderful project !

Today's treat

This is today's treat.
I'm dreaming of a necklace in copper and turquoise.
I also have a project in mind to set the lampwork "sparkler" beads I bought from Naos Glass last December...

Wednesday, 28 March 2007

Spring is here - Flowers and Hope

Some years ago I visited the Coventry Cathedral. I had visited the place as a child and wanted my family to see it. I remember my Dad explaining about this special place. Coventry used to be a town that produced arms during World War II and was bombed as a consequence. The cathedral was ruined but the townsfolk decided to rebuild it, hoping that it would be a sign of Peace and Reconciliation for the World.

It is truly a beautiful and a magical place and you can read about it here and here.

Looking at this stained glass panel today makes me think about peyote stitch.

Anyways, on the day of the visit I was feeling a little sad and fretful. And then I found this little pagemarker inside the cathedral that read

"Don't worry, don't worry, and don't forget to smell the flowers"

This phrase stayed with me for a long time. And I try to put flowers in all the jewels and dolls that I create.

Therefore I was surprised and pleased to find out about Spes, the roman Goddess of Hope and Flowers, thanks to artist Brea Moser VanPutten of Enter the Flame Studio. This necklace is featured in the April 2007 issue of Bead &Button magazine. Isn't it gorgeous ?

Horse Spirit

About two years ago, I met this horse. He spoke about freedom and social behaviour. I was very impressed. True, it was during a Holotropic Breathwork session, but nonetheless, I was impressed. I'd heard and read about such things but never thought it could happen to a plain girl like me. The power of dreams.

Around the same time I got interested in beading again. Seriously interested. But being sometimes very shy and slow, I just bought sterling silver charms, thread and beads and left things at that for a moment. Well, I did wear a horse charm on a yellow cotton thread for a while -I was afraid to curb his freedom if I strung him somewhere definitely.

Then, being interviewed for a special job on Monday (for Swarovky !), I decided to make a necklace featuring my horse charm...

Here it is, in seed beads, cristals, bali silver and ebony beads. When I move the horse seems to run. It's not perfect, and I didn't get the job, but I'm pleased !!! I like the orange seed beads that remind me of a knitted shawl I used to wear as a toddler.

Wednesday, 14 March 2007

Blue and green necklace

So there it is... "Dance!"

I am always amazed of what goes on through my mind while I'm "creating" things for loved ones. For instance on this necklace I was simply incapable of adding any element relating to the sea...
Not easy for a peace in blue and green ;o)

Tuesday, 13 March 2007

Something in blue and green

For Christmas I asked my sister for a Bead Organizer - which I got and which gives me a lot of pleasure... In return my sister asked for a blue and green necklace...