Somehow last weekend I found a lot of time to bead. I finished two pairs of earrings and two pendants. Now the hard part is getting everything photographed so that I can post them to my Etsy shop. Here's the first pair.
These bead embroidered earrings use an amber Swarovski flat back crystal as the centerpiece. The Swarovski crystal is surrounded by size 15 seed beads in a dark cranberry and bronze square seed beads. A purple jasper bead is stitched above the crystal. A gold drop hands from below. The earrings are backed in eggplant color ultrasuede and hang from gold plated ear wires.
These earrings aren't very big and they are super lightweight. They're great wear everyday earrings.
I work in bead embroidery, which is the art of taking beads and artifacts and sewing them into one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry. Taking inspiration from nature, I seek to incorporate a variety of textures and colors into the work, while attempting to arrange the materials in a way that creates a sense of movement and light.
As an artist and family farmer, I find that the changing seasons impact my work. When the fields are green or the sunflowers are blooming, my palette reflects that landscape. When the dogs have an encounter with a porcupine, the quills sometimes find their way into a piece.
These native elements, along with fossils, abalone and gems tie the work to our natural lives and history.
Visit me at http://www.jodihorgan.etsy.com