Anyway, because I received so many wonderful comments about my use of fiber in making my Bead Soup challenge piece this year, I decided to give fiber a try for some other works. FlockShop had an unbelievable deal on beautiful fibers recently, so I splurged and bought three packages of different colors:
Gorgeous, right? They're killing me, though. I have ideas, but I am afraid to cut into/use them because they are so pretty. Hmm...
In other news, I completed a set of jewelry for my friend Kelly, who is getting married at the end of this month. Two necklace and earring sets for her bridesmaids, and three pairs of earrings for junior bridesmaids and other helpers.
The day I shot the pictures was alternately overcast and brightly sunny. I couldn't seem to get the shots when the sun was actually out, so they are a little dark.
I really love making hollow beads, but I'm limited in glass color and type, only because it takes so flipping long on the Hothead to make them this size that the glass burns/devitrifies/reduces/oxidizes before I get the thing finished. Thankfully, this amber and purple glass is pretty stable. Kelly picked up the work last night, and I think she liked the pieces I made. They are much more sparkly than these photos do justice to, and of course, I was so happy to be a part of Kelly's wedding celebration! Thank you Kelly, and congratulations!!
In museum news, I have been studying Rococo painting like a crazy person these last few days, preparing for my first gallery talk. I'm speaking on Giovanni Pittoni's 1720 painting, 'The Banquet of Cleopatra', and I'm scared. I am a confident teacher, capable of teaching a wide range of subjects, but this really makes me nervous. It'll be okay, I know, but still.
There's a stack of art history books on my kitchen island about a foot high. I'm reading. A lot. I'm not making as much jewelry as I had been, but I sure am happy!