My very first Art Bead Scene Monthly Challenge entry…’Degas’ Bracelet.
The challenge from Art Bead Scene (http://artbeadscene.blogspot.co.uk/) was to create something that fits within the current monthly theme – and this month it was the painting ‘Swaying Dancer (Dancer in Green)’ 1877-79 by Edgar Degas. I have always loved his depictions of ballet dancers, and the beautiful colours in this painting really inspired me.
My bracelet has been made using a variety of handcrafted polymer clay beads. First I needed to carefully mix the colours to resemble those in the painting as closely as possible…these are not colours I tend to work with normally, so that was really interesting…then I began to create each of the beads using both millefiori and surface texture techniques. I originally wanted to have a word bead, something that might capture the passion of the dancer whose life is dedicated to their art…I couldn’t fit ‘blood, sweat and tears’ onto a bead so I changed my mind!
I teamed my handcrafted beads with some beautiful speckled ceramic discs and glass rounds, both from the wonderful Smitten Beads.
I really enjoyed this project, so thank you Art Bead Scene for a wonderful challenge, and thank you Edgar Degas for the beautiful inspiration.