Monday, September 26, 2011

Picasso's Garden

It's time for another monthly Etsy Beadweavers Challenge and for October the theme is "Inspired by Picasso".  I absolutely love a challenge based on inspiration from other artistic works.  I think everyone has a passing knowledge of Pablo Picasso's work, but I've never spent much time really looking further into it.  So I relished the opportunity to immerse myself in all things Picasso as I searched for inspiration.

            I've included this picture for reference only in accordance with US Copyright fair use limitations.

This seed bead embroidered bracelet was inspired by Mediterranean Landscape, 1952 by Pablo Picasso. The years of 1945-1962 were considered to be "The Mediterranean Years" of the artist's life and inspiration. This beautiful landscape features a Mediterranean home and gardens on the edge of the sea complete with palm trees and a sailboat. As a gardener at heart, I focused on the triangulated gardens with their naive flower beds in the foreground of the painting.

I've completely encrusted this cuff in size 11/0 seed beads in sky blue, matte red, color lined yellow and orange, kelly green and luster lavender. The "flower beds" are outlined in a chocolate brown and then embellished with size 8/0 seed bead "flowers" in white, aqua, matte blue, cheyenne pink and matte red with centers of tiny yellow beads. Two faceted black plastic buttons with coordinating loops form the closure and the entire piece is edged in pearl white beads. The beads were handsewn onto a stiff felt backing, and then backed with dark blue ultrasuede for comfort.

The cuff bracelet measures 7.5" long including loops and is designed to fit a 6.5 - 7.25" wrist. The cuff is about 2.5" wide.

Visit the Etsy Beadweavers team blog between the 9-15 to vote for your favorite entry!