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Thursday, March 31, 2016

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Thank you and Happy Beading!

Terri

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A Design process.....Battle of the Beadsmith

The long awaited time has come and all the entries for this years Battle of the Beadsmith have been posted.  There are four groups A, B, C and D, each having 32 battles consisting of two Beadwork Artist. 

The beadwork is truly amazing, and I don't believe you could see this much incredible beadwork at one time, anywhere in the world.

Don't miss out and join us at BOTB'14.  If you can't find the page, please visit my facebook and let me know by posting to my wall and I'll add you to the group.
My entry for this years battle is in Group A and was posted today.  I thought you liked to see the photos and the design process for my battle entry "June's Pearls". 

See the photos below to watch the changes and I'll share the story with you from my Diary entries in the previous post.

Here we go......

All things are ready on April 1st, artwork done, colors chosen, beads ordered and received.  Having beads in hand, needles in order.  I know how to prepare for battle. After all, I am a veteran BOTB soldier in my third year running. 

Design on paper.
I begin.....

Cutting the pieces.


Dyed Black












 Its mid-April, things are well on the way to getting finishing touches.  Up to this point (below) I was following my original design drawing.  But I found that the design wasn't going to work together the way I had planned.


It's early May; there are several different components to this year’s entry, so I had them well on the way to completion when I hit my first artist block!  I didn't like the way it was going, so I stopped and turned away to other things for a while.

Once I was at this point in the necklace (below), I had to make a another change because it didn't lay out the way I wanted it too.  So I stopped.


Mid-May, made a another change to the piece, but still not happy with the design.  It's not flowing right, something is missing. 
This is where changes started taking place.

Family crisis has taken me by surprise and no beading has been done.

Once I did begin to bead again, I'd add a little bit here and little bit there, but the reason I was unhappy with the design

I didn't like having to add the collar, notice that I beaded the entire collar and then put it away.  I didn't like it.  If I had to add a collar I wanted to it be solid metallic gold, but ran out of what I had.  Finally found some on ebay and used it for the collar.
Its three weeks before the battle entry is due and I still haven't finished.  I've changed the design more than three times.  Still not the way I want it to look.

Times is running out my battle piece is still not finished.  The piece is still on a bust and I just can't seem to find the energy needed to go forward on the design.  For me beading is all about the flow of a piece, the beadwork tells me where it wants to go and this beadwork piece is NOT talking to me.  I keep looking at it, thinking of ways to change it again.
Changed the collar to a solid metallic gold leather.  Then it sit on this bust for some time before I started again.
Finally, last day of May the beadwork started to reach out and tell me what it needed.  Which is a really good thing, because I was almost ready to email Steven and step out of the battle this year.  But...I just cannot do that!  I still have the time to complete the piece.  I can see it now.  Close to completion now, hope to be finished beading within the next couple of days.


 

Again, once I was at this point in the design, I still didn't like it.  So...finally I took it apart and put it back together as you'll see below and I finished the design by listening to beadwork and it seems the beadwork was right.







As I said in the last paragraph of my previous post:

I cannot remember a time that I have struggled so much in getting a piece completed.  My beadwork entry for the previous battles seems to come together effortlessly, but not this year. What began as a much different design on paper has become a totally different design created with passion and worthy to be entered into this year’s Battle of the Beadsmith.

The finished pieces named "June's Pearls" after a facebook friend.  She was someone, who took a moment in her busy life to stop and send me an email last year and that email was so kind and thoughtful, you don't get that much anymore these days.  So you can say that email inspired this beautiful creation, made with passion and made with purpose.



Hope you enjoyed the post.  Please feel free to leave your comments.

As always,

Happy Beading
Terri

PS this post is also posted on my website terrifayejewelry.com

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Battle of the Beadsmith 2014

In the beginning.....

The Battle of the Beadsmith began in 2012 with a total of 80 Bead Artists, the second year 2013 had 192 Bead Artist from around the globe and this years BOTB 2014 has a total of 256 Artists from all over the world.  The battle rules have even been translated into several different languages, to include; Dutch, French, Romanian, Russian and Hebrew, along with many others.

This years competition started on April 1, 2014 and all entries must be completed and entered by June 8th.

These are my 2014 Battle of the Beadsmith Diary entries.

I've really struggled with this years entry, not sure why. All things are ready on April 1st, artwork done, colors chosen, beads ordered and received.  Having beads in hand, needles in order.  I know how to prepare for battle. Afterall, I am a veteran BOTB soldier in my third year running. 

It's mid April, things are well on the way to getting finishing touches.

It's early May, there are several different components to this years entry, so I had them well on the way to completion when I hit my first artist block!  I didn't like the way it was going, so I stopped and turned away to other things for a while.

Mid-May, made a change to the piece, but still not happy with the design.  It's not flowing right, something is missing.

Family crisis has taken me by surprise and no beading has been done.

It's three weeks before the battle entry is due and I still haven't finished.  I've changed the design more than three times.  Still not the way I want it to look.

Times is running out my battle piece is still not finished.  The piece is still on a bust and I just can't seem to find the energy needed to go forward on the design.  For me beading is all about the flow of a piece, the beadwork tells me where it wants to go and this beadwork piece is NOT talking to me.  I keep looking at it, thinking of ways to change it again.

Finally, last day of May the beadwork started to reach out and tell me what it needed.  Which is a really good thing, because I was almost ready to email Steven and step out of the battle this year.  But...I just can not do that!  I still have the time to complete the piece.  I can see it now.  Close to completion now, hope to be finished beading within the next couple of days.

I cannot remember a time that I have struggled so much in getting a piece completed.  My beadwork entry for the previous battles seem to come together effortlessly, but not this year. What began as a much different design on paper, has became a totally different design created with passion and worthy to be entered into this years Battle of the Beadsmith.

I looked for encouragement and found this below, written for the first BOTB '12.

"You have been charged with the monumental task of taking your designs to places never thought possible before. Your journey will strain the very limits of your beading abilities...(dramatic pause).....Do not entertain failure! Do not allow uncertainty, and the fear of defeat, to extinguish the fires that burn within your creative souls...(longer dramatic pause)..and though some of you will fall in battle, history will speak well of the 80....the 80 who beaded steadfast and true....the 80 that beaded on when their needles snapped, and their threads frayed.....the 80 that beaded until they could bead no more............."

Night in the French Quarter, BOTB 2012
Sadie's Blue, BOTB 2013

       
Busy, busy week.  Graduation for my youngest daugher, working and more working and finally I completed my entry for the BOTB 2014.  Photos were taken and entry sent in today.  I'm looking forward to seeing all the beautiful beadwork this year.

This year's entry is named June's Pearls.  I have dedicated this years battle piece to a facebook friend.  Last year she sent me an email that touch my heart and made my day.

I can only show a teaser photo right now, so........here we go.

June's Pearls, Teaser photo, BOTB 2014

Hope you enjoy! and stay tuned to all of the fun at Battle of the Beadsmith on Facebook.

As always,

Happy Beading


Monday, June 3, 2013

The Battle has Began......the 2013 Battle of the Beadsmith

I hardly seems that a year has passed since the beginning of the invitational only competition "Battle of Beadsmith"; created by Steven Weiss, hosted by The Beadsmith.  The competition began in 2012 with 80 artists.  This years competition has 192 battlers from 42 countries. Each creating their unique designs, from bead embroidery, bead weaving and soutache techniques. 

If your wondering what the prize is for the glory of winning this battle, it is nothing.  Each artist creates for the glory of the art itself.  There are no limits to what one can create, as long as it with beads and using the techniques I mentioned above.

So get ready to see the most stunning, amazing and truly magnificent bead work you've ever seen in the world, from all over the world.

Last year the "Queen" was, Alla Maslennekova of Russia. With this beautiful piece.


Entries were due by June 1st.  Follow the battle on Facebook at "BOTB 2013".

This years entries are beginning to post and they are amazing!

Below is a teaser photo of my entry, to see the whole thing along with all the incredible entries visit the  official battle on Facebook Battle of the Beadsmtih 2013.


As always,

Happy Beading

Terri