Tuesday, September 1, 2009

And so it begins...

...my first blog entry. I see this as my journal of sorts, recording and sharing thoughts on creativity, inspiration and my own journey into bead art. Who knows where this path will lead, but surely the journey is far more important than the destination.

The above picture shows an artist book that I made called “Cartography” – a little book that celebrates the journeys we take.

Until late last fall I worked on book arts exclusively and had done so for five years. And then one day I made this book called “Embellishment”. The whole idea of the book was nothing more than embellishment, telling no story, just putting snippets of this and that onto the pages. When it came time to make the cover I decided to try some beaded embroidery – most especially ‘encrusted’ beading whereby the whole background is covered in beads. This book was the first step in my beaded embroidery ‘journey’. The lure of beading had entered my spirit – almost like an invisible, addictive ‘bead dust’ - and that’s where I am today. I hope you'll join me in my journey.

"It is good to have an end to journey towards but it is the journey that matters in the end." - Ursula LeGuin


  1. I'm so delighted you're here, Penny! After you commented on my blog, I clicked on your name, got your profile and the start to your blog... only you hadn't written any posts yet... Your fabulous header picture (love, love it!) was up, but no way to comment or get in touch with you to say how much I appreciated your comment and like your header. OK... so now you're here! Yay!!!

    I'm a book arts (self-taught) gal too. I thought you might like to see a few of my older posts about book making with beading... I think there are 10 posts.. see them here.

    One wee little suggestion... I find your text physically difficult to read as there is so little contrast between the background and text color. I'll still come and read though.

    Your journey journal is gorgeous - beautiful colors!!! I want to play making books with you...

  2. Wonderful. Congratulations. This is truly Inpsired.

  3. Penny,
    Welcome to the world of blogging. Your art deserves to be seen. I really like the picture at the top of your page!
    Betsy Libbey

  4. Thanks sweet Betsy - you've been a good part of my journey.

  5. Congratulations, Penny, on beginning THIS part of your journey! I look forward to reading and seeing your work more often now. Interesting that you have created beautiful art for the past 5 years with little need to use words, and now you are using words about your art... Many thanks, too, for including my blog as an inspiring place to go! ;o)

    Peace, Kate

  6. Can't wait to see this little gem in person Penny, you continue to be a source of inspiration.....and living proof that PATIENCE
    is still alive and well in the USA! Joyce



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