I had just started experimenting with jewelry making techniques, finding new materials and textures, and was absolutely enthralled by the words: ART BEAD.
Within no time I became an avid follower of this blog, started discovering a super talented populace of bead artists, turned into a connoisseur of art beads, and drew inspiration to handcraft jewelry designs on a more regular basis...
It was an ABS Challenge "art bead" search, that led me to make my first PINTEREST BOARD - a tool to forage for beads and other media in the virtual world. The Pinterest board turned into my working canvas - to create a collage of ingredients, inspiration images, ideas to translate, and tutorials to learn new techniques...
Over the last couple of months I have been religiously creating Pinterest Boards for the monthly ABS challenges, and I have now been invited to be the official:
Art Bead Scene - Pinterest Board Curator woohoooo !!....
JANUARY 2013 ABS Challenge is themed around a duo of elegant dancing peacocks amongst a lush landscape - "Black Peacocks With Japanese Persimmons" by Jesse Arms Botke, 1940.
Check out the PINTEREST BOARD HERE
Inspired by the subject, palette and technique of the painting, here are a few of my favorite "art bead" discoveries....do look up the artists for their other interesting works !
LAMPWORK GLASS FOCAL - by Deanna Chase of CDLampwork
HAND-DYED RIBBON - by Heidi of Jamnglass
ETCHED & PATINATED BRASS DISCS - by Lisa Liddy of MetalMeThis
BEADED BEAD - by Malin de Koning of MalindeKoning
TRIBAL URBAN CERAMIC PORCELAIN BEAD SET - by Rey of greybirdstudio
LAMPWORK GLASS BEAD SET - by Donna Millard of DonnaMillard
And here are a few artists who will create LIMITED EDITION ART BEADS for the MONTHLY CHALLENGES - be sure to check out their yearly subscriptions!
POLYMER CLAY PENDANT - by Heather Powers of humblebeads
POLYMER CLAY PENDANT - by Erin Prais-Hintz of TesoriTrovati
Stay tuned for February's inspirational ABS Monthly Challenge painting, and the PINTEREST BOARD !
Kaushambi Shah at firstname.lastname@example.org