March Art Bead Scene Challenge - Collier Serf MARABS, originally uploaded by Jill Palumbo.
The artwork is by Marc Franz, titled Deer In the Forest, 1911, Oil on Canvas, 100.97 x 104.78 cm, Philips Collection, Washington DC, USA
I have many failed attempts on my studio table to prove that I've not been forgetful about this particular challenge. In the end, I'm pleased with my collier cerf. I made the deer's head with the millefiori technique, and put it in a setting made with Donna Kato's brocade technique over a"bezel" made from an impression from the inside of a large mushroom. The circular beads (made with scraps of the clay from my many failed attempts) lay on their side and are woven so that they move easilly- very comfortable. I purchased the long brown wooden beads from Von's in West Lafayette, Indiana. My sister and I took a trip to see my son earlier this week. We just had to stop at Von's - they claim they have the largest selection of beads in the US. I need more beads like a hole in the head! but can't stop myself from heading to bead shops each time I come close to one, oh, and Von's is like bead heaven.
Yes, this month has certainly been a busy one for me, but I cannot complain. I'm having a new experience with claying. I've joined CréationFimo, a forum of francophones who fimotent (do polymer). They are a delightfully creative and prolific group. They share ideas and help one another with everything from how to take photos to links with recipes for making shades clay. I'm still so new there that I'm lost most of the time, but as I find my I discover art that gives me such joy. I'll have to share some links here soon to some websites/blogs of these amazing fimoteuses (and Moïse, le fimoteur). I've yet to meet Moïse. He may be hiding in a floating basket with a protective group of sisters watching over him?
All this to say that my ABS challenge piece is LATE. I have been tryiing out the challenges at CréationFimo, and the pieces I've made for that group need to be held back from sharing on line until a certain date. Today is the day to share les oeufs (decorated eggs). I'll add my humble "egg" post later today.