A couple of weeks ago I created Blue Sea Offerings to donate to La Gran Pachanga, which donated 100% of its proceeds to the Buena Visata/ Horace Mann K-8 school. The event was a great success – I loved being a part of it! Below I take a closer look at the construction of this donated piece.
Blue Sea Offerings appears to be an interesting mix of chunky serendipity but it is actually thoroughly planned before even the first beads are strung. There are two components to this piece: it’s “frame” and the “offerings from the sea”. The frame is a weave of beads that gives the piece structure. The offerings spring from each intersection of the weave. This piece requires extensive planning because the needle and thread only pass through each row once. Instead of building the piece up I complete the piece in a single pass through. This guarantees the piece’s thread tension and strength are uniform but also requires an extensive design up front.
The piece is composed of blue dyed irregular blister shells, aquamarine and black agate chips, black jasper rounds, multi-color faceted agate rounds, seed beads, sequence, and sterling silver. The top of the piece has a light frothy feel. As it extends down to the tip of the triangle the piece gets darker yet still maintains a focus on the passionate blue of the shells. The feel of the movement and color mimic the depths of the ocean.
Let me know what you think!