A little over a month ago, Mandi and I issued the challenge that like-minded bead weavers join us in exploring the medium of Freeform Peyote. By it's very nature, freeform peyote is an abstract art form - no set pattern, no hard and fast rules. Instead; an open-ended canvas for creativity. Thirty six amazing women took us up on the challenge.
Today, it all comes together in the first Freeform Peyote Choose Your Own Adventure Challenge and Blog Hop. While I expect to see many amazing pieces, this challenge focuses as much on process as on completed projects and we've asked everyone to share their stories as well. Visiting the participants' blogs in preparation for today, I've been thrilled to see so many of you sharing just that, while holding back the final reveal for today.
I can't wait to see everyone's work and read their 'travel journals'! I invite you to join me in exploring what they tried, what worked and what didn't, as each designer acts as a tour guide and forward explorer into the wilds of their creativity.
My projects I really debated what to do for my own entry, but I wanted to keep it simple and keep it process oriented. I decided to work on a bracelet, and explicitly share the process here in on my blog in two earlier blog posts on First Steps and The Ugly Duckling Stage. Here now, I'll share the finished piece. May I present, Winter Blues (as in Chase them Away):
|A look at the full length of the completed bracelet|
I added a small amount of top work, using over bridges very sparingly in the bracelet as I was already quite pleased with the color movement and shapes. I added the mother of pearl button last thing. It's larger than many of the buttons I use - large enough that it definitely acts as an alternate focal as well as the clasp.
So that's my take on the challenge.
Adventurer Roster Now it's time to go visit the other intrepid adventurers (updated Feb 27, 2013):
Mandi Ainsworth - Adventure Guide
Karen Williams - Adventure Guide
Melody Marie Murray
Julie Schmidt Bowen
Trying Your Hand at Freeform Peyote. If you've considered trying your hand at freeform peyote and would like to ease into the medium, hop on over to the Freeform Peyote Group on Facebook for a great support network and links to a number of great freeform peyote resources.
And if you'd like a bracelet similar to Winter Blues, I am putting together two bead kits that will be available on my Etsy store sometime this weekend (I'm running a little behind).
The kits will contain all of the beads that I used in my bracelet above (right now I only have enough of everything for two complete kits) as well as the most detailed photo notes I've ever taken regarding my process, including lots more photos than fit in the three blog posts.