"In My Victorian Dreams," 2004. Two matching panels, each 14" W X 72" long. Glass seed beads, Swarovski crystals, and misc. beads on antique, extendable Victorian curtain rods. What a delight this piece is each sunny morning, when the 600+ Siam red Swarovski crystals set our dining room aglow with thousands of tiny red-tinged rainbows. Collection of the artist.
"Palm Fronds with Flowers," 2008. 36" W X 18" H. Glass seed beads on tension rod. This was one of most challenging commissions I've ever done. Creating individual elements that were then stitched seamlessly together was more difficult that simple, straight rows of brick stitch. Private collection, Florida.
"In Prince Krak's Time," 2000. 28" H X 48" W. Transparent glass seed beads, Swarovski crystals, Greek crosses, and findings, with antique train ram rod curtain rod. Photo above shows how curtains glow when backlit by sunshine.
Collection of the artist.
Some people are daunted by the prospect of spending a year or more on a single art piece. I embrace it, because it means I can spend my time creating one large, impressive piece, instead of smaller, less inspired pieces. Since the size 11 Czech glass beads I favor require 180 beads to fill a square inch, curtain fabric made entirely of tiny glass beads progresses slowly. I think they're worth the effort: the curtains glow and change as sunshine illuminates the transparent beads like pixilated stained glass, and the Swarovski crystals that embellish joins or netted edges refract prisms all over a room. Come evening, when artificial light illuminates them, they take on a completely different glow - dense and gleaming like rich damask. They are a joy to create and live with.
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"Libra," 2006. 15" W X 12" H. Glass seed beads One of the first computer beading programs for Mac was used to create the cartoon that I taped to the back of the work as I beaded. Created in two-drop brick stitch. Private collection, Aspen, Colorado.
"Tara's Tiles," 2009. 82" W X 38" H. 1/2" square Italian architectural glass tiles, glass seed beads, and Swarovski crystals on brass rod. When friend Tara gifted me with a large box of glass tiles left over from an architectural job, I knew I had to find a way to suspend them in sunlight. I spent weeks experimenting with different ways to hang them, since they were too fragile to drill. Perfectly-fitting beaded bezels, though time-consuming to make over 1800 of them, proved to be the best solution for creating this curtain to hang in our master bath, (detail above). This piece took over a year to complete. Collection of the artist.
"Tunisian Carpet," 1997. 16" H X 50" W. Glass seed beads, drilled Jamaican jonkra seeds, crystals, metal centerpiece, and findings. This was my second glass curtain and took over a year to complete in size 11 transparent beads. As it ages, gaps are starting to appear between short sections of the 3-drop peyote stitches because the nylon Nymo thread is stretching under the weight of the glass beads. I have since found the idea stitch for creating heavy beaded curtains, as well as more advanced beading threads, which prevent stretching. Collection of the artist.
"Homage to Gaudi," 2010. 20" W X 14" H. Size 8 glass seed beads and Swarovski crystals on brushed nickel tension rod. The client had me replicate the tiled stairway in Gaudi's private residence for this piece, which hung in his shower window. Private collection, Colorado.
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