crocheted net


by Lyn Foley on February 5, 2010


I make glass beads, and almost always turn those beads into jewelry. My work carries the tag line “Wearable Art | Born in Fire.”

This month, however, I am beginning something new – Mixed Media Art. Actually, it is so new I don’t really know what to call it. Two other beginnings led me to start this new art.

I recently joined Art Bead Scene, a group hosting an event called “Blog Carnival.” Posting a blog on a secret topic with a group of other bead artists sounded like a fun challenge. I squeaked in under the wire to join. This month’s post, due today, and linked into the group on February 17th, is on the topic, Beginnings. How apropos, as I am beginning a new phase in my art.

I’ve been creating works of wall art in my head for about a year now, and telling myself, “Oh, I’ll figure out how to do this soon.” My procrastination has dragged on an on. I even discussed my ideas with Karen Vernon, owner of The Gallery of Round Top (one of the galleries that sell my jewelry). Karen said, “Just do one piece of wall art a month – just one. It will get you started.” Great idea, only January slid by and I still hadn’t done anything except sketch out another idea. I envisioned combo glass and fiber piece, suspended inside a shadow box. The box would protect the glass yet at the same time, since the work would hang away from the box, light could move around the glass. A crocheted net would enfold the beads. Flotsam and jetsam trapped in “An Aegean Tide Line.” I see it clearly.

Meanwhile (also at the last minute) Karen invited me to join ACT (Artists Changing Tomorrow). Here’s their mission statement: “ACT, Artists Changing Tomorrow, is a program developed to sustain and maintain the arts: visual, literary and performing. This program’s goal is to provide art education, school and community art programs and performances, and overall community arts outreach. The program is supported by artists, patrons and benefactors who are aware of the contribution that the arts make to society and who selflessly seek to support the creative process.”

Act’s first benefit auction/show begins March 17th – and guess what? All the pieces are 12” x 12” and can either be a flat painting, or a dimensional piece inside a shadow box. I picked up the box yesterday.

Here’s the sketch I did a while back, with a few of the beads I haven’t put in yet.

beginnings sketch

My sketchbook with a drawing of the wall box art, and a few of my vessel beads

And here’s the beginning of the piece, with some of the beads already on the crocheted net. It’s a beginning.

crocheted net

Beginning of the net with my \”trapped\” glass beads

I’ll keep you posted as the piece progresses. Some coral and barnacle beads coming out of the kiln this morning – beginnings ———–!

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diane cook February 5, 2010 at 10:47 am

Hello Lyn~
I am a (blog) friend of Cindy Wimmers! I saw you were her Bead Soup partner, and then I noticed where you were located~Round Top! Then it hit me that I remember your name from the Round Top Art Gallery! I have jewelry at SGOVIO’s and taught a class at the library about 3 weeks ago. I will be teaching another in Fayetteville tomorrow =) And, I am in the group of artists teaching at Adorn Me! in Houston March 2-7. Have you heard about it???
Come visit my blog. And, I would love to talk~

Lyn Foley February 5, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Hi Diane;

So nice to meet you – the internet can be magic, yes! I’ll have to go into Lauras and see what is there – haven’t visited her shop in a while. Congrats on teaching. And I will check out your blog. Seems so nice from my quick look.

Cindy February 5, 2010 at 2:23 pm

It looks like you are really stretching your creative wings in 2010…and will be in for a lot of fun! I’m looking forward to hearing more about your new creations…you’re off to an incredible start with this mixed media piece!

Lyn Foley February 5, 2010 at 3:40 pm

I am really having fun and finally getting brave enough to try my other art ideas!

Michelle Mach February 17, 2010 at 7:23 am

I really love seeing the initial sketch. It’s fun to see how artists move from the initial idea to the finished piece.

Jen February 17, 2010 at 4:39 pm

This is so cool! I can’t wait to see how it evolves!!

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