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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.”
We have another WebCast this Saturday 14th December at 14:30 GMT. This month we are looking at and demonstrating Delft Clay Casting. Again we will be casting live on air so anything could happen. We will be giving away some…"
Craft in America: Holiday embraces familiar and new winter celebrations as part of our American experience with the handmadeLos Angeles, CA – CRAFT IN AMERICA, the Peabody Award-winning and the Emmy-nominated series dedicated to exploring craft in our nation, continues Season Five with HOLIDAY, airing on PBS…See More
September 18, 2013 at 6pm to January 19, 2014 at 7pm
One would expect Jewelry artists to be limited to objects of personal adornment, but many contemporary makers in this field have gone beyond the constraints of functionality to pursue conceptual interests in areas such as photography, kinetics and sculpture. This exhibition seeks makers whose work demands…See More
This mural is drawn with one single line, an approach to craft that I have developed over the past three years.The line has been tested on ceramic tiles, drawings, canvas frames, pots and murals. When I finished drawing the mural, I traced my left hand at the very end of the continuous line (I am right handed), in order to start introducing myself, as the only inhabitant of this room, into the mural itself. To…See More
"Call for Entries - ACJ Members' Exhibition 2014 - ICONSICONS - jewellery for the famous and infamous, pieces reflecting cultural & design iconsThis will allow people to use such design icons as the mini, anglepoise lamp or other iconic…"
Another two-week hiatus between posts and it is only because I've been too busy to be able to find a moment to write things down. So much has happened, from being asked if I were "eligible" for inclusion in a list of "eligible bachelors" - my non-bachelor status making me ineligible for the inclusion - to being asked to write an article for a new jewellery magazine about something which isn't jewellery!
The main thing on the workbench has been another of my projects which was…
In the fall of 2014, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) will host CraftTexas 2014, the eighth in a series of juried exhibitions showcasing the best in Texas-made contemporary craft. The exhibition will feature artists from all over the…