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.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Art Elements Challenge - Tide Pools

My post for the Art Elements monthly challenge is a bit different this time.  I still feel super bad that I wasn't able to have a project for last month's challenge, and again this month I did not have time to create something inspired by our awesome theme.  However, I am still posting - why?  Beause the ocean, all of her creatures, and tide pools are one of the major influences in all of my work.  So I do hope this showcase of some of my previous work will prove inspiring to you all, and also to myself!  I need to get back to beading this month, for my own sanity's sake!
Cetaceans - whales and dolphins.  The center necklace is my reaction to the film "Blackfish", which if you haven't seen, I highly recommend.  The necklace on the right, is inspired by Disney's Fantasia 2000, "Flight of the Whales". 

Fish:  Fish beads make me happy, so I try to grab more for my collection whenever I find them.  Egyptian plaster, Peruvian ceramic, Czech glass, and numerous artist beads and other materials that aren't pictured - all end up in my "fish" box...hmm, maybe I should rename it the Creel?  I also like to stitch fishes, and the orange fish brooch is one of my very earliest pieces of beadwork, from before I knew how to embroider, bezel, or even do a proper picot edge!
Cephalopods:  Octopus, squid, nautilus and prehistoric cephalopods all show up in my work regularly.  There is simply something mesmerizing about their alien gaze and intelligence that inspires me. 

Organic:  I regularly incorporate ocean made components into my beadwork.  Coral, shells, pearls, kelp, beach stones, and many other items - these items already look like they belong in a seascape, and are fun to use to add to the environment I create.
Jellyfish:  Jellies, along with cephalopods, are some of my favorite sea creatures.  I love watching deep sea documentaries, with all of the varieties of jellies that never see the light of day.  Growing up, jellyfish were regular encounters while beach combing in Alaska and Oregon, and seeing them flattened on the sand or rocks always made me curious about what being with them in their element would be like. 
Artisan Fossils
Fossils of Sea Creatures
Fossil Shark Teeth:  As you can see from all three of these collages, sea fossils are very prevalent in my work.  The fossil records of ancient seas are one of the most intriguing aspects of our world's geology.  I just love encountering a new stash of fossils to incorporate into my work, and tend to hoard these pieces so that I have them ready to hand when inspiration strikes. 
Tidepool Environment:  I consider all of these pieces "tide pool-esque".  The jiggly wiggly wavy seaweed and kelp, snails, starfish and other critters, the combination of dry and wet looks and textures, plus the look of a shallow body of water all say tide pool to me. 
Oregon Tide Pools:  This piece is directly representative of tide pools in Oregon.  The blue-black color of the rocks, large orange starfish, miriad of snails, sea urchin, sea anemone, mussels, barnacles, kelp and jellyfish - I worked to create all as realistically as I could in beadwork.  This is still one of the largest bead embroidered pieces I have ever made!
I hope you enjoyed this showcase!  Please hop along and see how everyone else was inspired this month!


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  1. OH WOW I always love seeing these collages of your work! It's totally amazing, I could look for days at what you do! And those fossil pieces - amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Your amazing beadwork never ceases to amaze me! You have obviously a HUGE body of work. And this collection of sea inpsired pieces are all beautiful. Such a varied collection of beaded treasures;-)

  3. I so love and enjoy seeing your showcase! I really would love to see (and touch) them all in real! Your work body IS a tide pool :)

  4. Oh my you have been busy, I'm in awe of your beadwork, it's amazing

  5. What a wealth of beautiful work!!! You are indeed inspired by the ocean and all it's shapes and colors. Your bead work is exquisite! Some of my favorites are the "Flight of the Whales" piece, ALL of the cephalopod work of course and the fossil like pieces. Such a feast for the eyes. Thanks for sharing!!!

  6. That was a total treat for the eyes, and so creatively inspiring!

  7. I am always amazed by your bead work. All of your pieces are beautiful. I can't even pick a favorite. I love them all.

  8. There is so much to see and discover that it can't be done with one look.
    Wow. Even so I can say that the brownish nautilus piece is definitely my favorite. I love it.

  9. What a beautiful collection of work, your designs always leave me gasping and intrigued because I love your attention to detail

  10. Wow. wow. wow. Someday I want to be able to freeform/free style like you! You have so many diverse pieces!

  11. You're right, these past works are inspiring and right up the tidepool alley!! Reminds me that I have some Ammonites that are waiting to be used in some wire weaving!

  12. It's very clear the ocean has been a source of great inspiration for you. What a lovely collection.

  13. Wow, you are inspired by sea life! Incredible work! The jelly fish inspirations, the tentacle pendant and a lot more are really inspiring!

  14. Must admit I barely saw anything after the fish!! I need to make a beaded fish they are fabulous.. then I saw the sharks teeth! wow!! you make such beautiful pieces that I agree you need to get back to it!! thanks for sharing your previous work, I have loved drooling over the photos :D