About Me

Lindsay M Starr is a beadwork and mixed media artist currently based in Nashville, TN. She spent her early childhood in Alaska, and her school age and college years in Oregon. Lindsay has a great appreciation for history, science, and nature and is consistently inspired by insects, sea life, color, and the significance of beads and beadwork throughout human history. She spends her days beading, walking at the zoo, and practicing yoga. Lindsay loves to share her knowledge and passion for beads and beadwork to hobbyists of all skill levels.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Art Elements Component Challenge May 2017

Hello, and yes, it is that time again!  Time for the Art Elements Component challenge.  This month, we were fortunate enough to play with some of Lesley's new shell shaped components.  
 She offered us a choice of colors, and though I normally ask for a surprise as a challenge to myself, this time I opted for one of the ivory and deep teal colored pendants. This post will be light on text, simply because we had a lovely and FULL Memorial Day weekend.  I hope you were all able to spend this weekend with your family or family of choice too!  We had a fantastic time, but I am just about worded out.  I will try to show you with pictures instead...

Fantastic depth of color in this teal glaze
Strange carved serpentine face...
The beadwork connector looks a bit like a tongue.

The strap is half leather, half strung with vintage German glass beads and seed beads.
I like how the depth in the color lined seed beads goes with the teal glaze.

This may still be a WIP.  I want to do a more detailed beadwork bail to string the pendant by, but I can leave that for a bit later  I will probably also do a metal crimp for the leather part of the strap, but my waxed linen was at hand.  Lately, more and more, I want to wear a couple of necklaces in different lengths that I can toss on and layer.  I think this will probably be in the normal rotation for awhile, as it's a nice length for every day wear at the office.

Thank you all for looking!  I hope you will hop along and check out what everyone else has made this month!  I'm off to do just that.  Keep in mind, next month's challenge at AE is an open entry challenge - insects!  Watch for my next AE post (5/31) - you will understand why this is so exciting to me.  If you would like to play along in June, just let one of us know!  If you don't have a blog, we can share your work on one of our blogs for you!
Linda Newnham

Art Elements team
Laney Mead
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  1. I love the tribal feel of this Lindsay - it immediately brought to mind images of the New Zealand Haka ritual. Thank you for taking part in the challenge :o)

  2. What a fabulous necklace!! I love how the bail is flowing out of mouth of the carved piece. It's just perfect. The golden brown colors work so well with the teal in Lesley's beautiful pendant.

  3. ooo Mr Serpent Head really floats my boat, I love him with the bead of Lesley's...reminded me of so many films of searching in the jungle and coming across the ancient ruins of an extinct people.....

  4. What a great design! Stunning and fun necklace!

  5. Wow Lindsay, I know I say this every time but WOW - it's amazing! I love that it looks like a tongue it's SO interesting!

  6. Really cool design Lindsay! I love how you've use the seed beads!

  7. Totally sticking out his tongue! Love that. Unusual, creative, unexpected. Very you. And a lovely color palette. I was thinking it was rather restrained for your bead style - but I think layering would be great!

  8. Fascinatingly wonderfully weird. Love it!

  9. Oh it's adorable Lindsay! I love the little face sticking out his tongue and how perfectly all the beads work in the design!

  10. I love love love his little tongue! Makes him look so cheeky :) A really lovely and unusual way to use this pendant, great design!

  11. He's totally sticking out his tongue!! I love it! What an interesting mix of beads and materials to make a striking necklace.