Dear friends, I am thrilled to have been featured in a new blog post written by local marketing executive and fine art photographer, Cynthia A. Stephens. Please click the screenshot below to read & comment.
Also, just a reminder that my big Black Friday sale is well underway. Save up to 15% everything in my Etsy shop now through Monday, December 1, 2014. I appreciate your interest in my beadwork! :)
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Here’s an update on the progress of my beaded Peterbilt semi- truck. After beading the American flag grill, headlights, and cab, I created two beaded lights using 12-gauge precious metal wire. I stitched a ball of felt to the ends of them, and bead embroidered orange Delicas around the felt. I wasn’t sure this would work at first, but it turned out kinda cool!
And, even though working with wire is not my forté, somehow I managed to create 2 side view mirrors by stitching liquid silver bugle beads to precious metal wire.
Currently, the truck consists of 4 pieces of beadwork + 2 wire lights. Nothing will be stitched together until all of the pieces have been created.
I still need to add some lights on top of the cab, as well as a beaded doggie passenger:) How does it look so far?
27cm x 27cm x 5cm
Over the next couple of weeks, I will be working on holiday orders for my Etsy shop. Please note: ALL CHRISTMAS ORDERS for custom beaded dog pins or made-to-order items MUST BE RECEIVED BY DECEMBER 14 to guarantee delivery, though I will make every attempt to ship orders placed after this date in a timely fashion.
To kick off the holiday shopping season, I will be running a special sale on Thanksgiving Day & Black Friday. All items in the Clearance Section of my shop will be an additional 25% off the marked price for 2 days only beginning on Thursday, November 22, 2012 beginning at 12am EST. Please watch my Facebook page for an additional coupon code to receive Free Shipping all weekend long! Remember, November 24 is Small Business Saturday – a day to celebrate and support small & local businesses! Thank you for your support. Have a Happy Thanksgiving! :D
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I have been pretty busy this past week. I’ve been taking care of the business aspect of beading, doing end-of-the-year paperwork, making travel plans, planning new projects, and working on my Etsy shop
. I want to do a little more beading on my Radio City Music Hall painting
before I show you where I’m at, so today I will share with you a quick pic of the new glass beads
I got from Auntie’s Beads
. These are silver Chinese Crystal Rondelle Beads
. So very beautiful – when light hits them, they sparkle like a disco ball! I am already considering how I can work these into one of my bead embroidered paintings! What kind of project would you
use them for?
*Please note: I have received the above items free of charge from Auntie’s Beads . This is my honest review of their products and I have not been paid for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received.
Each postage stamp design must go through a review process before it can be made available to the public. This process takes about a day. Custom postage stamp designs are a bit pricier than regular stamps from the United States Postal Service, but they are worth it if you are looking for something unique, or want to create something special to promote your business. Don’t forget- Zazzle also runs promotions on a regular basis. Please check their coupon page for more information!
I have always had a love for postage stamps, so I’m sure I will be creating more in the future! For now, there are 3 stamp designs in my shop, including Rudy’s Dream, my beaded Orange Pickup Truck, and my beaded Great Blue Heron. Which stamp is your favourite?
I have also added a few other new products including a Great Blue Heron coffee mug and tote bag. If you have any design ideas that you would like to see made available in my new Zazzle shop, please send them my way! More images & products coming soon! :)
I love MOO
because I can upload pics straight from my Flickr account
& edit them to my liking. MOO is also cool because they can print a different image on every card! The only ‘catch’ with the free deal is that MOO also prints their own advertisement on the bottom, but I didn’t mind. If it’s for free, it’s for me! So, this year, I picked a couple of new images taken from my original beaded paintings
. Check out my collectible business cards – which MOO is your
Have you ordered your free MOO cards yet? :D
I am learning that being an artist is time-consuming. Creating the art itself does take time (in my case a very
long time), but there are also many other things that must be dealt with such as photography, presentation, & marketing – just to name a few!
One thing that has been on my to-do list for awhile finally must get done. I have to create a portfolio of my beadwork for presentation at an upcoming show. The show will be a joint exhibit with another bead artist, and it will take place at Bead + Fiber Gallery in September/October. My portfolio doesn’t need to be complete until the end of August but I will be in Italy during the latter part of that month, so I want to get it done now. This is not a requirement, but I feel that a portfolio will encourage interested viewers to learn more about me & my bead paintings.
The last time I was at Utrecht
in Boston, I picked up 2 Itoya
Art Profolios. One measures 8.5″ x 11″, and the other is a 5″x 7″. These portfolios look professional, and they hold quite a few pages! The large one will be left at the show, and the small one will be a mini version which I can take with me and show elsewhere. I’m going to print out photos of my works, as well as my artist bio/ resume, etc… I will also include statements about pieces that will be in the show, as well as a price list. I think I will also get a photo marker & hand-write the titles of the pieces on the photos for a personal touch. Have any of you ever created a portfolio such as this? Is there anything that I am forgetting?
I started working on this last night, but didn’t get very far because my printer is having issues and it is running out of ink. So, today, I’m going to copy my digital files onto a portable USB Flash drive and try to print photos out at a Kodak Picture Maker Kiosk
. I am interested to see how they turn out!
Today, just a news update regarding an upcoming publication, contest, and business report.
First, I was recently contacted by Jan Irving
, publisher of Clumbers Magazine
. (She found me through Flickr
!) Jan is planning to publish a dog art book featuring artists from all over the world in all different mediums. I was invited to submit my beadwork to the project, and she has chosen 2 of my pieces! I don’t know the name of the book just yet, but I do know that it is expected to be available for sale in August/September on Amazon.com
! Right now, I am working on info I would like to be included in the book, as well as a couple of photo files. If anyone knows how to properly convert 72 dpi image to 300 dpi using Photoshop, please let me know! :o
Next, just for fun, I have entered one of my photos in Timothy Adam’s Etsy Worthy Photo Contest
#2! Apparently, the winner gets free advertising for their Etsy shop! If you would like to vote, click the screen shot above. Thanks for your participation!! :)
Yesterday, I delivered my bead-painting
to the Cambridge Art Association
for the upcoming North East Prize Show
. Since I am still new to the whole art ‘thing’, I was a little nervous, but everything was fine. I am getting used to seeing my paintings leave, then come back months later, but it still kind of makes me sad to see them go! Now, I have a 4-ft. bare wall to look at for the next 6 weeks! :(
Regardless, this is a great experience because it forced me to sit down and write an Artist Statement
. Artist statements give an insight into the artist’s world and their body of work by sharing their techniques, inspirations, and goals. Art administrators, curators, and gallery owners generally need a statement in order to do their work. It is also good for artists to support their work verbally and/or textually because it provides them with a greater understanding of their own work. Written statements can be either long or short and are often revised throughout the artist’s career. This is good because I have already edited mine since yesterday! Here’s what I wrote:
I am a self-taught bead embroidery artist who loves to stitch tiny glass seed beads to felt. My beaded subjects are often combined with collage and acrylics in way which really pops out of the canvas. My work may appear to be carefully planned, but I am actually quite spontaneous in my creative methods. As I construct each element of beadwork, I begin to envision the finished piece, as well as the ideas it should convey to the viewer. This process can take 2 -3 months depending on the size and complexity of the piece.
I feel that I am on a journey toward a beaded reality. My beadwork began by featuring birds and animals, but quickly evolved into a style of realistic relief paintings inspired by popular culture and history. These inspirations play well together mainly because history does repeat itself, yet it looks quite different when beaded. And, there is an interesting juxtaposition within the work. It takes quite a bit of time to bead subjects which typically move quickly in reality, such as cars & other vehicles. Beading also represents the fact that a certain amount of craftsmanship is required to build a vehicle from start to finish.
My current works feature city scenes, classic automobiles, and dogs. I am inspired by vehicles most because they take us to new places, but dogs keep us company when we arrive. I have also begun a self portrait series which will combine childhood dreams as they would exist in the future.
I am learning that there are actually a lot of ideas behind my beadwork, and reasons why I bead what I bead, but it is difficult to put them into words. I have a feeling this statement will be ammended at some point in time… Have you written an Artist Statement yet? If so, what did you learn about your art and yourself?