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Monday, April 4, 2011

April Art Bead Scene Blog Challenge

I love doing the Art Bead Scene Blog Monthly Challenges. They come up with such interesting pieces of art for the inspiration. Here is this month's inspiration piece.
Finches and Bamboo, Northern Song dynasty (960–1127)
Emperor Huizong (1082–1135, r. 1101–1125) Chinese
Handscroll; ink and color on silk; 11 x 18 in. (27.9 x 45.7 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
John M. Crawford, Jr. Collection, Purchase, Douglas Dillon Gift, 1981

My first thought was there wasn't alot to this. Not alot to draw inspiration from. But I loved those little green bamboo leaves and I was actually drawn to the bottom right corner and thought that would make a cool bracelet shape. I had some wood and other natural material bead in different sizes and shapes that I put together. I also had some silk ribbon in the color of the bamboo leaves. The inspiration piece was done on silk so I thought that was a nice touch. I used my own ceramic bamboo colored leaf pendant as a focal for the bracelet. I think it's cool and funky and fun. I was going to add a little bird charm but I try to keep myself from interpreting these too literally so I left that off. What do you think?


  1. Cindy - the fibers are just perfect! I'm with you...it's always my first instinct to go literal, but there's so much more to the inspiration. I love the mix of textures...the ribbon, the rounds and then the mix on your gorgeous pendant.

    Hope all's well!!


  2. This is really awesome! I think a bird charm would not be too much but you certainly do not need it... I do like more literal... and that is the fun part of this challenge! I like the connection of artwork to artwork.

  3. I love it! Looks like it came right out of the painting. awww, go ahead and put the bird it. :0

  4. This piece is fantastic. I love your use of fiber to capture the bamboo leaves perfectly!

  5. Very cute! I love what the fiber adds to it :)

  6. The inspiration of the painting is very appropriate because the outcome is really as lovely as the painting.The use of silk ribbon also enhances the piece.