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Bee Hive Girl Studio
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My collages are my visual stories of the struggles and triumphs of a life well lived, of the brutality of death and the joy of birth. The smallest of objects can start the creation of a piece, igniting a memory, which grows as the piece grows. My collages are stories of my life, from my poor up bringing to finding “god” in the most unlikely places. The collages are a stitch out of time, frayed scraps mounted over layers of felt and lace with bits of shells to tell a story about a day at the beach or maybe just the thought of wanting to see the ocean translates into a shell.
My technique involves the freehand cutting of antique materials into shapes, which I pin loosely to a white board, “painting with textile”. Later I adjust, recut, combine, and recombine them till the story is told. Each piece represents a piece of who I am.
Salvaged, recycled, natural materials enrich my pieces. I believe in respecting the materials I use by letting them speak for themselves, they also have a story to tell. I embrace the tattered and disheveled quality of the materials I use. I find them beautiful and inspiring.
The placement of each element within the composition and the feeling this evokes is an important factor to telling the story I want to tell.
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"Thank you Beatrice. I appreciate it. And, yes the dead rose is what touches me a lot more than the live one. The live rose is all about "pretty" and perfection and the dead rose has the beauty of vulnerability and the tenderness of the…"
"I had to tell you. I really love your work. I love decay in nature and in items people use. I am always trying to find an effective way to show it's beauty... and you have. You give me hope that I am not out here alone loving not the rose but…"
Thank you Beatrice. I appreciate it. And, yes the dead rose is what touches me a lot more than the live one. The live rose is all about "pretty" and perfection and the dead rose has the beauty of vulnerability and the tenderness of the decay process.
Thanks! I am so glad you like my work. I think we are going in opposite directions. :) I am heading away from metal and really enjoying more natural materials like hair, and you are moving towards metal. :)
You should take a course on soldiering. I bet you could find an introductory course near by. Have you ever seen craftallert.com? I think it deals with shows and workshops in Canada and America, though I am not sure. I used to work at a jewellery gallery with workshops and we held courses that taught basic metal work. You would probably really enjoy it. I could see wire work with your fiber pieces too and wire is fun and easy to learn the basics. Let me know if you want any specific advice on metal working or techniques.
If you do soldier you can be messy, but the soldier turns yellow over time. Which could be cool, but you should be aware of it. :)
I hope you get into the groove again. I go through stages...best to just work when you feel like it. :)
i grew up rural, studied bfa in jewelry + metalsmithing at the university of kansas 2000, moved to st. louis mo following then girlfriend - now wife - that sorta worked, i work at craft alliance - www.craftalliance.org - where i am chair of the jewelry + metalsmithing area and the community outreach manager, and am wraping up an mfa this spring at southern illinois university edwardsville with a five week stand at the new grand center craft alliance - once again - www.craftalliance.org - most of the posted work is/has taken place in the north st. louis neighborhood in which i live.
“While striving to incorporate fashion and function in my body of work, Joe’s was created. Reflecting on the glamor once held by tobacco use, I pulled imagery from vintage cigarette advertisements. Once used to seduce the consumer, I take this now taboo subject matter and place it over the belt as a means of advertising and seduction of both the product and body. This reminds my audience of the cultural change that has evolved into the disapproval of tobacco usage and advertising.”
"Victoria, and everyone, I only realized recently (within the past year at most) that if I started a post that I could delete the post, and or a comment so don't feel bad.
Going back to Victoira's comment about shunning: My daughter…"
"To address One of Harriet's comments about deleting the original post to bring a quick end to the tirade, I didn't know one could! If there is an incident, where I started the post, I'll do just that. I was mistakenly under the…"
"The point that I would like to make clear is that we can ALL take responsibility for action.
Even though MU or any other site has administrators, if you started a discussion you can delete the discussion or an individual post. You have the power of…"
"The incident everyone is demurring about happened on the Facebook site Metalsmith's Unite. Not sure why we are so circumspect in just saying this out loud. MU grew in size and notoriety rapidly and was a hot bed of bad online behavior, marked…"
"I'm pretty sure I know the online incident you are referring to Brigitte, it really shocked me too. Like Peggy, I enjoyed the technical discussions and information exchanged, but was always very confused by the odd and rather constant…"
"Everyone listening to this post by Brigitte also has the power to make the change they want to see. If you see a comment that you think might be misunderstood, you could ask for clarification or correction from the writer.
If a post your started has…"
"I did not see the post that Brigitte (and some others) have referred to, but have noticed this phenomena on several discussion forums. It is very unfortunate that this situation seems to repeatedly happen. There are discussion forums that I…"
I witnessed a bunch of troublesome ‘discussions’ this past week. Not on crafthaus and not directed at me personally, but troublesome nevertheless. They also weren’t real discussions either, as in: a respectful exchange of opinions where one side hears the other out. It…
REFINED is a biennial exhibition of jewelry and metalwork hosted by the Art Metals program in the School of Art at Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) since 1998. The exhibition is held in the 1332…