Tuesday, July 20, 2010

July BJP

My word for July is "Journey".  For almost two years I've been on a journey to learn and create encrusted beading.  This was a journey that followed behind my book arts journey and before that my primitive doll and art doll journeys.  As you can see I'm a real traveler!

For some reason, perhaps the hot summer day doldrums have set in, I had a difficult time getting started on this month's project.  I got part way through and then it sat here on my work table while I spent time on bigger projects (and to tell the truth much more interesting-to-me projects).  But I made it with time to spare, after all my procrastinating.

At times, while trying to finish this past weekend, it almost seemed like some of those life journeys that we all have to take.  You know the ones, where you are locked into something and can't seem to get off the train but have to keep riding until your destination is finally reached.  That has been July for me. 

Wonder where my word jar will take me next month - guess I'll only have to wait a couple of weeks to find out...

"The reinvention of daily life means marching off the edge of our maps". - Bob Black


  1. This was well worth the long trip you felt -- lovely!

  2. Your piece is wonderful!!! With our dog's surgery and upcoming exhibits I haven't even started on my July piece! A great job on yours!!

  3. I love the concept and the colors of this month.

  4. It's wonderful Penny! I love how you included the map in the piece :-)

  5. This is a most interesting concept to try to bead, Penny... and I really like how it turned out. I'm curious about the paper clip and the meaning of the darkness in it... Is there something about the encrusted beading journey that is "dark" for you? Or, is it just the photograph? Obviously, you've learned a lot on this journey!!!

  6. Robin - its actually a little lighter in person - but to tell you the truth it was more 'what I had on hand' that determined some of the beads. The paperclip has a map inside its resin top which is why it is there. I have had a wonderful life's journey and am still having it -- beading is sort of the icing on the cake.

  7. Each month I marvel at the way you depict your chosen word and the underlying concept. Your work is beautiful. I think it's a successful journey.
    Marty S
    Crackpot Beader



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