Stitched beadwork sculptures and wall art
Size: 2 1/2"x1 3/4"x1 3/4". $375. Brick stitched vessel of size 11 seed beads shading color into color, light to dark placed in opposition to dark to light. Intense greens reflect grass in purple twilight. The enclosed area represents lightening bugs caught in a jar, a childhood twilight activity. The red lines separate the two opposing areas as well as stop on the top bead of the brick spiral lending a finish to the last bead.
Size: 4"x2 1/2"x2". $1200. Peyote stitched duffel bag of glass beads of mixed size and shape. Areas of increases and decreases result in a deliberately lumpy piece of soldier's luggage representing the broader involvement of American policy and military in the world scene. Luggage tags are formed of square stitched smaller size 14 beads, reading Korea, Vietnem, Kuwait, Bosnia and question marks. "USA Duffel Bag III" involves transitions of color and pattern from solid olive drab to the stars and stripes of the American flag that also imply a larger change in function from a soldier's personal luggage to a symbol for the presence of an American armed force in the world. The implication is that the baggage of world leadership is involvement in world affairs. Isolationism is no longer an option. Exhibited in 1998: Artists Response to the Gulf War, FL.; Embellishments III, Houston TX, and Vessels for the Journey, CA. Updated in 1999 with addition of luggage tag for Kosovo. The question marks for the future never anticipated the magnitude of the events of September 11, 2001 and beyond.
Anasazi Handwork Size: 2 5/8”x 4"x3 1/2" $2000. Up Close and Personal NFS. Footprints of the Forefathers. Size 2 1/2"x3 1/2"x 2". $900. A shaped and padded leather bottom is glued to a varnish sealed rock. The first row of beads is stitched to the leather. All other beads are attached to the previous row of beads by stitchingin right angle weave with nylon thread until the entire rock is covered. A variety of bead sizes is used. Featores Pictographic figures based on the rock paintings in brick stitch.
Size: 12 1/2”x8 1/2”x8 1/2”. $5000. French Repetto Pointe shoe is covered with stitched beading in right angle weave, shading pink to regal purple in the front and purple to pink in the rear. The areas of shading are defined by seamlines brick stitched in complimentary yellow greens. In addition, on one side the purple leans toward royal blues and cool pinks while on the other side, the bias is in favor of rich reds and warm peaches. The interior is spot bead embroidered with seed beads in white and pink and lined with a cord of tubular peyote stitch. Ribbons are beaded in square stitch with the names of princesses in popular ballets including Scheherazade from The Arabian Nights; Aurora the Sleeping Beauty; Titania, the fairy queen from A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Odette, Swan Lake’s queen of the swans; Clara, who dreams of becoming a princess to her Nutcracker prince; Cinderella, the ashes to princess tale; Anastasia, daughter of the last Russian Czar, and noble Juliet, tragically bound by family traditions. The shoe is presented “en Pointe” on a Lucite display stand.
“Tap Soul”. Size 1”x12 1/2”x12 1/2”. $975. The essence of tap dancing is enthusiastic rhythmic noise produced by metal plates on the sole of the dancer's shoe. Comanche (brick) stitched beadwork incorporating the words “STEP-STAMP-STOMP” is connected to wired taps to represent the sole and the soul of tap. The shoe is presented on a wooden plaque parquetted like a dance floor.
Size 4”x3 1/2”x3 1/2”. $2800. Brick stitched vessel of various sized seed beads shading color into color, light to dark placed in opposition to dark to light. Intense greens reflect summer grass in blue daylight and purple twilight. Contrasting complimentary lines lead to soaring kite shapes. Signed JSB in beadwork originating the kite lines on the bottom.
Size 6”x7”x4”. $1200. Three layers of beadwork suspended on Lucite rods in Plexiglass support unit. Layer #1 is composed of brick stitched circles in amber glass seed beads shading to yellow green on top left and dark brown on lower right. Includes hand lampworked ladybugs by Patty Moore and hand lampworked glass fish by Barbara Simon. Layer #2 is a series of seed bead fringes in off white, purple amber and yellow green with larges accent beads at bottom. Layer #3 is composed of peyote stitched strips in iridescent dark blue with brick stitched chevrons in lavender. Includes hand lampworked ladybugs by Patty Moore and hand lampworked glass fish by Barbara Simon. Lucite rods are finished with large hole Paula Radke lampworked dichroic glass beads. The piece is designed to be viewed from either side and represents the differing layers of ocean life as one proceeds downward towards the depths.
Size: Beadwork 12”x19”, framed on pedestal Size 21 ½”x 18”x 6”. $25,000. Figures in brick stitched beadwork and background in right angle weave, wired, encased in lucite. The Sleight of Hand deck of playing cards was created as a fundraiser for the Fiberarts International 2010. Each of the 52 cards feature reproductions of fiber works by guild members. Prohibition birthed the nightclub when women had to go out at night for illegal alcohol. Men+women+alcohol+party atmosphere=dancing. My six of clubs depicts three eras of nightclub dancing- Charleston-Swing-Disco.
Prohibition birthed the nightclub when women had to go out at night for illegal alcohol. Men+women+alcohol+party atmosphers=dancing. The Charleston led to Swing and Swing led to Rock and Roll. However, rock and rollers were sock hoppers not night clubbers. Disco brought the nightclub back. My six of clubs depicts three eras of nightclub dancing: Charleston, Swing and Disco from the 20’s, 40’s and 70’s.