Sunday, January 06, 2008

Forest Spirit Neckpiece...I mean...wall piece





I started this piece over Christmas break after doing some digital collage work on a photograph of my friend, Kate. The "cabochon" is an ink jet print on silk. Still two tassels to go - and of course, it's going to need something to hold it around a neck...braided strands? Something fairly weighty...
The embroidered portion (not including the bottom tassel) is 4.5" wide x 5.5" long.

January 13th - Just too darn big for anyone short of a Viking warrior princess. I'll mount this on ultrasuede stretched over a frame. And one of these days I'll get a clear shot of it, too!

9 comments:

Christina said...

Wow! That's amazing.

LJ said...

Thank you Christina. I've really enjoyed making it (so far)...

artandtea said...

What a beautiful pendant! The photo transfer onto the silk came out so rich looking. Perhaps bigger beads instead of seed beads for the necklace? The color of the beads framing the pendant?
-Karen

The Lone Beader said...

That's great! I like the collage, idea, too. But, I'm sure you knew that... :D

beadbabe49 said...

What a beautiful and unique piece, LJ!
Spiral rope would look good, but karen has a good idea too...strand of larger beads on softflex?

Hélène H said...

I love your recent artwork, this one is fabulous.

Also enjoyed your design published in Bead&Button of February 2008, it's very elegant and I might try and make one of these.

LJ said...

Hi Artandtea! Little secret - I sprayed a light coat of varnish over the silk (after testing another print)and it darkened it a bit. In my PSP program, I made a copy that was very high saturation, too - because fabric always prints lighter.
And I am considering bigger beads for the neck strands. Thanks for the visit.
LB, Hi! You "like the idea" of collage?? That has to be the understatement of the decade!
BB, Thanks. Considering spiral, larger beads, and braiding strands of small beads. Still have time to muse, as I'm no making the third tassel.
Helene - Nice of you to drop in. The B&B design is pretty simple. It takes a while to complete and looks complicated but is (like most beadwork)just one step at a time.
I've made it in different colors & when you embellish with contrasting seed beads, it looks like a completely different design. I'm glad you like the new piece. I'm having so much fun with it.

herhimnbryn said...

Beautiful, lj, just beautiful.

LJ said...

Hi H! Glad you like it. I was sorry I didn't use a bigger print of the center photo. If I'd known it was going to get so huge, I'd have enlarged it. But overall, I was fairly happy with how it turned out.
Thanks for the visit. Now I'm heading to your studio for a look-see!