03 March 2012

bead soup -


today is the big reveal of the 5th bead soup blog party hosted by lori anderson - 200 participants from around the world will be sharing their work made with components sent to them from a partner... i was paired with stacey curry of star- hitched wagon and i would like to thank her for what she sent to me... 




a lisa peters focal and some really fun felted wool... an assortment of vintaj components and some autumn jasper pebbles... autumn colors - my favorite!


lisa's focal made me think of weaving... so i cut off the links and used it as a cabochon instead, setting it on a brass back plate that had been stamped and given a heavy patina... 


'lives are woven together'

i ran my wire pattern parallel to that on the ceramic piece... and used (naturally) some of lisa mozart's silk to weave with...  


looks like a woman, doesn't it? which is interesting (and not done intentionally) because i have been working with a pregnant form since december...  and here she is fully realized in a tribal kind of way with a head and breasts!


i loved working with the felt beads by smika (they are something i would love to learn how to make)... used some of the jasper pebbles, recycled african glass beads, paper beads, polymer by genevieve williamson of jibby and juna and ceramic by nan emmett of spirited earth... continuing the use of the trapeze structure in brass and sterling... 



thanks for stopping by... 

to see the whole list of participants you can visit pretty things here... and thank you lori for always organizing such a large event so well... 





71 comments:

  1. A fascinating piece - the more I look at it, the more I see. I really love the multiple fibers you used and the knotted brass beads...

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  2. Hi Marie...so nice to stop by again for a visit...your creation is beautiful...you are so creative...thanks so much for sharing...ttyl...xox

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  3. Oh yes! Head and breasts, and belly she has :-D What a great mixture of textures and colours and forms, I love her :-D

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  4. very very beautiful!!!!!
    Grazia

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  5. Totally beyond words! Incredible zenilicious vibe! U rocked it!

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  6. Wow Wow Wow Love it!! It's soo unusual You are soo talented!!

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  7. Exciting necklace! I always love your work, it's interesting and my eye stops and relishes every little section. There is always something unique and fabulous at every point!

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  8. Amazing how everything turned out and I'm honored that you 'channeled' my style :-) But be careful-- once you go 'big' you never go back! So interesting how you integrated everything together into your current working style and theme. I'm always impressed by your work.

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  9. Aah yes i see the woman! I'm taken with the trapeze structure and amazed at what you have created with the components sent to you. Beautiful!

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  10. I really love your work, one of my favourite from this party!
    I'm a partecipant from Italy, I'm trying to visit all of you.
    this was really a great experience!
    ciao ciao

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  11. Marie, whenever I see your work I am just awed by the amount of thought that goes into it and how original your ideas and creations are. Your necklace is fabulous. I especially love the weaving on the cab and how you thought of making a cab in the first place. The copper under it is so intriguing. Great piece!!

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  12. Great work, Marie. I really love the structural quality of it!

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  13. I agree, those felted beads are fantastic. And the finished work really has your stamp on it. It turned out great! I like looking at the large photos to see how you put it all together. Very nice. OH, and yes... it looks like a woman.

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  14. So much thought and intention in your piece...as always! The story and details always make the difference in what really lies deep beneath what is just seen with the eyes.

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  15. Mary Jane, what a one-of-a-kind statement piece! I have been taking it all in, all of the details that are uniquely your style. I've never seen wire-wrapped felted beads like this and they are really amazing. And the focal with the silk woven ceramic piece! And I love how you added elements from a number of bead artists, making your necklace a handmade masterpiece!

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  16. Marie - Such a beautiful piece. All the elements have your signature written all over it. I especially like the detail combination of the pendant.
    sandi

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  17. Wow what a nice necklace . what a crowd making things! I will have to check out the rest of the entries. cheers~

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  18. So inspiring Maire, so inspiring! I love how you use the wire so freely, and combine with fiber. That is a beautiful necklace! With your pregnant goddess :-)

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  19. A delightful mix of textures. I love mixed media! The Brass and silver together are gorgeous :) x

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  20. I was sure I commented here, but I don't see it. These are absolutely gorgeous works of art. I love the mixed fiber and wire. Very inspiring!

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  21. Oh your wirework! I so admire your ability to pull this all together with outstanding results!

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  22. Cool necklace! I really liked what you did with the focal. And I can totally see the female figure. Funny how things can shape themselves into something not (conciously) intended sometimes. Fab job!

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  23. I love how you mixed the fiber beads with wire! I love your beautifully creative approach to the mix. So inspiring!

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  24. Wow! I love how every little piece and section is a work of art all by itself!

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  25. Absolutely astonishing! WOW...I like it.

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  26. Mary I love your interpretation of design, there is something so calm and peaceful about your pieces of jewelry but with a element of surprise and inspiration.

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  27. Wow - this design takes my breath away. Your pieces are consistently so inspiring to me, and this one is no exception. The way you put together the different pieces and parts of your soup ingredients is truly amazing - I love everything about this piece! :)

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  28. I don't think I EVER would have thought to use wire wrapping with felt beads...but it SO works!

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  29. Very cool! I love that you wire wrapped the felt beads!

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  30. I absolutely love your work! Everything about this piece is amazing -- I love the talisimanic feel of it (is that a word? It should be!). The pendant is awe-inspiring -- I love how whatever you touch is left that much more special.

    I hope you'll join me again in the summer!

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  31. I'll echo Moobie Grace's thoughts - what an original idea to use felt and wire! The result is absolutely exceptional!

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  32. What a wonderful statement necklace! Such a beautiful color combination. The pendant is so very creative, weaving the silk in with the wire. I love the organic feel. Your work is so inspiring!

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  33. Wow, very creative! Such an awesome necklace! Suzette

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  34. Wow - beautiful work. I love how you wrapped the felt beads especially.

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  35. I love how airy the fine wire is in this piece--it reminds me of the posts you've done in the past about mobiles, where the wire supports were nearly invisible. This makes me think of one of those mobiles. I like what you did with that focal! And weaving the silk into your wire cage really makes the focal feel like its own little piece of artwork, within a piece of artwork. I've never considered using felt beads, but I like how you embellished them, and their softness is a great foil to the stones and metals, kind of like ribbon can be. i feel inspired...

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  36. So visually rich! Something so symbolically interesting to me about the felt being trapped by the wire too in the focal area. Wish I could reach out and touch this one.

    Karyn B
    http://plussizebangles.com

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  37. Your original and creative designs always astound me. Beautiful work!

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  38. Love your pieces. Love the combo of felt and wire and the way you treated the focal bead is outstanding!

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  39. A very creative necklace! I love that you used Lisa's pendant in a totally unexpected way, yet so perfect for this piece. I love all the beautiful colors and textures, which makes for a very interesting piece.

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  40. Your creative use of elements is always an inspiration to me! Wonderful work!

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  41. your design is amazing, i keep going back ,looking at all the varied elements..i especially like the way the felted beads are given strength and structure with the wrappings..also the arched wire work is wonderful in this piece.

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  42. I didn't see the woman until you mentioned her, but there she is!!
    The weaving/wire wrapping on that ceramic piece was awesome, and totally reminded me to THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX (one of my goals for this year.) You also inspired me to give in to that little itch to run with something when the piece is telling you you something, like this one made you think of weaving. THANK YOU.
    Anyway, about your piece. . .It's really amazing. I adore all the touches and additions you put into it. I can tell it was put together with a lot of thought into each bend and curve of wire, knot tied, and bead added. It's definitely something special.

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  43. Gorgeous! I love love love how you wove the cab onto the backing. Love it!

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  44. Finally I get to see your beautiful creation full size! The picture on my small phone just was not cutting it...
    First off I love the way you think outside the box...I so wish I could spend a day (or two or three) in your studio with you....just watching how you work! I adore that you caged that ceramic pendant as a cabachon onto that gorgeous brass piece! It just looks awesome. And the strand of treasures is so darn cool. Smika's pebbles are one of my absolute fav's and she is just the sweetest artisan!! Thank you so much Mary Jane for "playing" with me on this round of Bead Soup - it was an absolute honor!

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  45. That's some brilliant weaving you've got going on. I am in awe.

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  46. What a super interesting piece. Eclectic but it works and works well! The weaving is eye catching. Great "soup"!

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  47. Amazing design! Your wire work add a wonderfully artistic element to it. I love all of the different colors and textures. The photos entice me to see more!

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  48. You are amazing. Your work is so special. Lori is right and it bears repeating -- everything you touch is left more special. So many interesting things to look at in this piece. Great job!

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  49. You did such a great job with this! Turning that pendant into a cabochon was totally brilliant. Love your design work. ♥

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  50. Awesome!!! Your work is always unique and so much fun. You turned your soup into fabulous jewelry. Love the weaving!!

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  51. I love how this looks like a pregnant woman! So cool! And the trapeze style... everything together, I can only imagine how amazing it must look on! So beautiful!

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  52. Extremely earthy and interesting necklace, a definite statement piece.

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  53. Waht a wonderful and spiritual design. So much interesting details to look at! Thanks for sharing with us!

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  54. I love the focal that you created with what was sent to you. The piece definitely has an earthy feel. Well done!

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  55. The pendant you made is totally gorgeous - I still can't believe how you come up with your brilliant ideas! This is stunning!

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  56. Lovely work, you are so talented! So many wonderful elements make this piece amazing. Cheers!
    Lori D.

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  57. I love how you made everything in this necklace specially how you made the focal work in your detailed design by removing the links and using it as a cab...we are all part of the woven fabric of life, this is a great piece...

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  58. Very nice. I loved how you connected that focal to the rest of the piece. Made for each other :)

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  59. I love how you "captured" the flavor of the piece.. lol ok I couldn't resist... still I love the wraps you did, very organic !

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  60. Gorgeous, MJ. Love all of the wire wrapping and the way you've "framed" the different elements with wire. Just wonderful!

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  61. So cool. I love all the shapes, colours and textures you've got going on here.

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  62. I love what you created. The pieces are stunning!

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  63. I love the layers, very unique and beautiful work~

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  64. Speechless...... Just absolutely love this!!

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  65. Wow, a beautiful design, love all the different elements!

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  66. What a really cool necklace, love how your brought all the different elements together.
    Sonya

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  67. Oh, my goodness, what a gorgeous combination of textures and materials you brought together -- it is a fabulous necklace! It's taken me a while to work my way through the soup (I'm determined to finish tonight!), but I'm so glad I finally got to enjoy your creation. Yummy!

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  68. More than fabulous--- this is truly amazing. A creation of rare beauty-- just wow!

    Vicki

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  69. I'm amazed at the talent ...the beautiful work and creative souls..your work is stunning!

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  70. Still hopping :-) because I want to see EVERY-thing! Amazing work here...beautiful blog!

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