I had been ambivalent about entering the Bead Dreams Competitiion this year.
I was fortunate to be a finalist in both 2008 and 2010. In 2008, Kalmbach did a beautiful special section on the finalist pieces in their October issue of Bead and Button magazine. But in 2010 there was nothing – not even a certificate – and it irritated me. Being a finalist was quite an honor, especially in 2010 where there were only 5 finalists in each category as opposed to 10 in 2008. Being a finalist in this competition is a big deal to artists and I think they should shown more appreciatiion to the artists.
So I was a little soured on the whole thing. Plus, I had a lot of work to do on the Society of Animal Artist applications and both had the same due date of April 15. A piece for Bead Dreams went on the back burner.
But now that the application paintings are done I find that there’s time for Bead Dreams after all. I’ve known for quite some time that I wanted to make a piece with monkeys, and also that I wanted to do something that required a little engineering.
Anyway, here are some of the pieces. The necklace part will be a series of gold pieces with green leaves that nest together. The rest will be an assemblage of many parts, most of which are in the picture. But I may need to make more, depending on how things shape up. As usual, I’m not doing much planning ahead of time – just letting the piece take shape.