I will fully admit to struggling with my beadwork for the last 6 months or more. It's a combination of being overworked, overwhelmed, and just plain ready for a change of season! That being said, I'm incredibly thankful for our team over at the Art Elements blog for keeping me going every month, with at least one creative commitment. I try my hardest to participate every month, especially when my team mates are so kind to send me lovely components to work with.
Jenny's crusty battered polymer clay hearts are no exception! I think many of us creatives share a similar, hmmm, dare I say, revulsion? for the typical seasonal holiday themes. For sure, I find most of the seasonal store displays in February uninspired and trite. Hearts are not something I usually incorporate into my work without a specific request. I don't buy them, use them, or enjoy looking at them...but when I saw Jenny's take on a wounded and repaired heart, I couldn't say no! I mean, look at them!
I requested one of the dark burgandy ones, and when I started looking through my stash, I knew I wanted to incorporate some more brass to bring out the gold leaf and brass wires, along with doing some geometric beading to contrast with the organic nature of the hearts. I found these strange brass Greek theatrical wall mask miniatures while on a trip with a friend in rural Iowa...and everything just fell into place.
- 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.