"In the cherry blossom's shade
there's no such thing
as a stranger."
— Kobayashi Issa
At the last possible second, of the 11th hour, I finally made up my mind to enter the Bead Star competition again. But this time instead of entering all the categories I only had time for one.
But I sent in one of my personal favorites from the gallery exhibit last year (and I was so thrilled when this one didn't sell!) called "Tin Blossom."
It is more simple than a lot of my designs, something that I need to remember before I complicate things too much. Plus it reminds me of cheery cherry blossoms. And that calls to mind that the plight of the Japanese people in what should be a time of blooming, is far from over.
"Tin Blossom" features layered blossoms built from enameled flowers from C-Koop beads, recycled bottle cap flowers from Glass Garden Beads and czech glass beads twisted with green Parawire onto a pewter branch. I just love the bottle cap beads from Cathy Collison (and she is as sweet as she is inventive!). They are magnificent, so chic and so eco-friendly! The horizontal construction on this design makes it very different and intriguing. Plus it goes with everything that I own.
If you feel inclined to vote (through May 17th), head on over to the Beading Daily website. Mine is the second one listed in the Metals category. I don't really care for this new rule, but you will have to register and log into the site to vote for any of the categories. However, this year you can vote for as many in each category as you like, and I do like that change. Because some of my friends have selections in there and I am so glad to support them.
I don't have any illusions that I will win or even place in this category (as in the last two years), but I do feel honored to have been selected for the top 20. That is my reward.
What is the most interesting component you have used that was made from recycled materials?
What recycled or upcycled component would you like to try?