I am a member of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB). Last November ISGB had the following challenge that I entered:
The challenge is “ART INSPIRED” Chose a work of art. It can be a painting, sculpture or any other work of fine art. Design a focal bead or bead set that are inspired by the work of art you have chosen. Write a short artist statement that includes your reasons for your choice of work of art and an explanation of how you approached the challenge. Send your statement, along with an image of the work of art and an image of your bead or beads.
I chose a painting by Friedensreich Hundertwasser as the inspiration for my bead. Hundertwasser has long been my favorite artist. His paintings and prints are characterized by undulating curves, organic shapes and bright colors.
The painting I chose is “Lucifer’s Tongue 1”. I love the bold, bright colors. Rich hues are layered one upon the other.
It took me many trials to come up with a bead I liked. I did many cane experiments. I made the bead by layering many stringers from many different cane rods that I had made. I had the most difficulty with red, yellow, and orange. At first they were too muddy. I finally got what I wanted when I put a layer of white down and then the red, orange, and yellow.
I first made the bead into a simple pendant.
I then decided it should be a necklace instead. I used Czech beads, little red lampwork beads that I had made, and some spacer beads.
I love my necklace. I enjoy challenges very much. They inspire me to try new things.