Thursday, August 20, 2009

January 2009 BJP

(My selected theme of memory books for this year's Bead Journal Project is based on the four elements: Earth, Air, Water, and Fire.)

Earth Element

My ancestral heritage lies in the Mediterranean. All of my grandparents emigrated to the United States from Greece during the early 1900's. My thought for this memory book was to emulate a shard of Minoan art.

The focal piece is a large coral fossil stone and the smaller focal stones are picture jasper. I vainly tried to create a feeling of mosaic tiles. Since I am still not entirely comfortable using bugle beads, I made myself practice by including them in the borders. The fabric choice was made because it reminded me of the color of the Aegean Sea.


Marty S said...

Your books are absolutely fabulous! Beautifully done.
Marty S
Crackpot Beader

KV said...

Thanks, Marty!

Kathy V in NM

Robin said...

Each, as I view it, is my NEW favorite, including THIS one.... It is soooooooooooooo earthy and placing it on the Aegean Sea was a great idea! Looks like you're doing fine with the bugle beads, but I know what you mean about holding back using them.

Hélène H said...

I really like this one, and your technique is fabulous !