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Art of the Day: Monday July 23, 2018

Sunflower Ladybug Vignette

- by Pamela K Wilhelm

This week's theme: Helianthus

They are named for the sun. Their symmetry is based on Fibonacci numbers. They are native to the Americas, but have traveled widely and have captured the eyes and imagination of people all over the world.



The night sky was my inspiration for this piece.  Living far away from city lights, I am often treated to spectacular displays of shooting stars, a milky way, alignment of planets sightings, and of course, northern lights.  I am positive I have also seen a few UFO's but that is a topic for another time. 

When I do my bead embroidered pieces they are not planned, I let the beads tell me where they want to reside as I go along.  In this instance, I knew I wanted to do a rendering of a galaxy, but that was all.  Metallic Iris lined clear size 11 seed beads picked up one at a time and sewn two at a time were used along with vintage rhinestones, a mirror, freshwater pearls, various other glass beads and a copper enamel planet made by Duluth Mn artist Sarah Lukkonen compose the beaded portion of the bracelet.  I sewed them onto a sturdy backing, which took many days.  I then glued the embroidery to a brass cuff blank, and lined the inside of the bracelet with soft ultrasuede.  This is all very time consuming, as I have over 50 hours into this piece.  I was humbled when it was brought to my attention that this bracelet reminds many of Van Gough's The Starry Night, which until after I had made this piece, I had never seen before. 

This was my first ever bead embroidery and I became forever hooked on the process. 

Detail Images


Detail Image for art Galaxy

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Detail Image for art Galaxy

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Detail Image for art Galaxy

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