Pieces are planned out but I also allow the materials to take over and highly influence the final outcome. Piece by piece they are built and realized, allowing me to embrace the process as much if not more than the final piece. There are approximately 256 beads per square inch, an average 16"x24" piece can contain approximately 98,308 small seed beads. The number will vary based on the size and shape of the bead.
Ideas are sketched out and transferred to the canvas but I let the beads dictate the color and texture scheme. Using the various cuts, styles, lengths and shades to their best advantage I allow the beads to create the color flow and brilliance of each piece. By incorporating other materials I can create dividers and textural differences that allow people to close their eyes and still see the image through touch. My goal is to make the image not simply beautiful but immersive and tactile as well.
** Workshop Schedule: Due to COVID and wanting to keep everyone safe the workshop schedule is only set-up for spring, as the year progresses more classes will be added.
Upcoming 2021 workshops
Saturday, April 3 - Charlotte, NC - Beginners
Tuesday April 20 - Easton, PA - Beginners
Saturday May 8 - Charlotte, NC - Experienced
Saturday June 5 - Charlotte, NC - Beginners
Charlotte Workshops are held in my studio in North Carolina, the Easton, PA workshop is being held at the SmArtivities Art Center in downtown, Easton, Pennsylvania.
These all day workshops cost $300 per person (limit 6) and includes the creation of your project, materials, lunch and instruction. Secure your spot by purchasing the item "Workshop Deposit" $150 non-refundable deposit. More details under lessons.
If you would like to host a workshop in your city I am very willing, so grab some friends and start having some fun. Just contact me so we can work out the details and sign up for the newsletter to receive updates on workshop schedules.