The Beadin' Path in
All of the artists started with the same basic white plastered paper mask, producing 37 totally different translations.
I begin my journey
I still have no idea why I decided to participate in the Behind the
Mask Challenge, though I thought this was an interesting concept, and might push my creativity into a new arena. I learned a lot from participating in my new challenge, what worked, what didn’t work, and what I would do differently in the future. The other artisans provided support, knowledge and ideas.
My basic background design is composed of 11/0 champagne seed beads, gluing each bead in place, using larger beads as accents, and design components. I started my mask by attaching the plum delicas on the lips, then encasing the face with the seed beads, using bugle beads as the base of my flower petals, and finishing with the 12 gauge coiled headpiece.
As the mask progressed, the basic original design concept continued as planned, but my design ideas also continued to flow, ideas that I hope to use in a future design concept. If I had the time, I would do things very differently. With many hours already committed to the mask, now was not the time to change my direction. I worked on my mask from October 2007 to April 2008, over 1000 hours spent gluing each and every beautiful bead in place.
An opening reception was held at The Beadin' Path in
It was open to the public and was a great opportunity
for attendees to meet with many of the artists and discuss their process and statement behind their mask. Unfortunately I was unable to attend…
The Beadin’ Path will have another challenge in the fall of this year, will I participate? Looking forward to what the next challenge might bring…