Monday, March 1, 2010

Letting the creativity flow...

In my last post I talked a little about my beading. I've loved being creative in many different fashions for a very long time, right now I really love how fluid the beading can be. I started out making jewelry with beads, then beads and wire, then I decided to try this:

This is Maggie, she is my great grandmother on my mothers side. Mom and I have worked on our family history for a good long time. We have quite a family tree going. Maggie, it seems is THE mystery of the family. Sometime in the 20's Maggie took her youngest child, Marguerite, and disappeared. We have papers from a PI that suggest my great grandfather looked for her, but never found her. We have a letter suggesting that she may or may not have written a distant relative, but the letter was destroyed and they could not recall much, just that she wrote.

Anyway, I have become attached to Maggie, I find her story fascinating - as does my mom. So I made the above necklace for ME. The only piece of beadwork I have done for myself. My mom liked it, but does not wear jewelry. Which got my brain going...

What I had intended to do was to do another necklace, but instead of leaving it at that - hang it in a frame. However, me being - well ME, I just could not leave it at that, and decided that if it were going in a frame I would do the full size picture, on fabric, with the same design in beadwork as I had used in my necklace. My creative brain said STOP! rethink, and as usual, go to the net. I did, and looked up beaded embroidery just for a few ideas, right?

With a new picture in my head, I got some things gathered. The picture of Maggie (not the original of course), my stitch guide - makes beading through the heavy photo paper easier, beads, and other embellishments and I got started.

I started with a frame around the picture to serve two purposes. One to highlight the picture, and two to keep the picture in place on the fabric.

Once that was done, I tried (as the websites suggested) to draw on the fabric and then stitch over it. I hated that - I could not get the beads to follow the lines correctly. Something I'm learning to overcome is not to be such a perfectionist - let me explain. I'm not a REAL perfectionist, anyone who knows me will be laughing by now, but in my art - it nearly use to drive me nuts that what I saw in my head would NEVER get on paper, or in stitches, or what ever.

I threw the pencil, and started to free hand it. I also did not use my plan of where I wanted which beads, I just winged it. Once I got this far (above) I thought it was done, I loved it. AND it was less beadwork than originally planned (well in the latest plan anyway) but I didn't want the picture to be lost. Then I put it all in the frame and, well, it was lost... so out it came again with a sparkling new idea from my ever fluid creativity.

Now, when I started the last portion of this I had even more planned - a scallop across the bottom, but I have learned to do things in pieces so that I don't end up having to UNDO what I've done. I also had planned to use a circle of bone I have to "tie" the curtain, that did not work. I planned to leave the curtain loose, just hanging from the top, that did not work either.

When I put this in the frame - YES, that was it, it was done. I felt if I added the scallop it would have been too much. I would have added a picture here in the frame but ran out of room or something. Just as well, I am not a photographer, that is moms talent, and my picture IN the frame turned out bad - all 14 of them actually. So you'll have to do some picture-ing of your own. Picture this in a fairly plain black shadowbox frame.

I don't remember all the bloggers that I read, that helped me see that I needed to work on using that "picture" in my head of what I wanted to accomplish, then push it aside and look at what I have accomplished. Not compare the two, not to pick apart the real one based on the fantasy, but to just look at it and decided if I like what is there. For this piece, the real thing is absolutely NOTHING like the original picture I had. But I love it. And thanks in part to those other bloggers. THANKS. :)