I absolutely love the Bead Soup Blog Party idea. I wanted it to help bloggers, old and new, to connect with one another, introduce new bead shops, and above all, to push artists (97 last time!) beyond their normal designing boundaries.This year, I've had a lot of trouble finding my way. I've wanted to experiment with new types of beads and in new ways, but I've been sluggish, falling back into my old patterns.
So, I decided that I'd pay a bead maker once a month to send me a bunch of beads, sight unseen, and I'd have my own private Bead Soup Blog Party.
This month, I paid Barbara Bechtel of Floridity, a phenomenal polymer clay artist, to send me some goodies. The lovely thing about this? She was going to send me some things from her brand new line!
These are from her brand new Whisper Collection. Barbara says they're inspired by nature, poetry, and traditional mark-making. Each one is drawn and etched one and a time, and I'm thrilled to get them. I'm imagining pulling out some of my CiM Sepia glass to make some little beads to go with them.
The next set of beads she sent are from her Breeze Collection. I am in love with the bird! These just scream spring and summer to me. Not quite sure yet what I'll do with these, but that's the point, isn't it?
I don't quite know when I'll have these made up into jewelry and posted, but I have given myself to the end of August, since I got a wonky start and want to have a new artist for an entire full month.
Floridity's shop button is over on the right side of the blog, and here are her other sites... I hope you'll frequent them, and tell her Lori sent you!
Barbara Bechtel, Floridity
Jewelry and Beads: www.floridity.etsy.com
Vintage and Paper Goods: www.kitofparts.etsy.com