Inspiration Revisited: Project Runway and the Bead Soup Party

Inspiration Revisited: Project Runway and the Bead Soup Party

by Lyn Foley on August 1, 2011

What on earth does Project Runway have to do with beads and the Bead Soup Party? They are both inspiring, that’s what. I have been hooked on Project Runway for years, and the new season nine has started. I don’t design clothing, and sewing is really not my “thing,” however, this show always gets my creative juices flowing. Did you see the first episode? The designers,(who are competing for some big prizes, by the way) were woken up very early in the day, told to keep on their pj’s or whatever they slept in, grab a bed sheet, wrap up in it if necessary for modesty, and follow Tim Gunn out onto the streets of New York City. They walked over to the design workshop and were given the challenge: Design something using only what you slept in last night, and the bed sheet (they could dye it if they wanted).  Some of them slept in boxer shorts, or funky tee shirts, or itty bitty tank tops,  or you name it – and these creative people turned their sleepwear and a sheet into  potentially award winning outfits! Wow! I loved watching the process, and the final results were in most cases amazing. Check it out here:

 Bead Soup Party is like that: We participants don’t know what beads we’ll receive (we could hate them, they could be bad, bad, colors, the focal could be just blah, whatever) – yet rising to the challenge of making something wonderful out of materials we might usually never give a second glance to is such fun. I love seeing what other participants come up with, as well as seeing what I can come up with. Inspiration? Yes, big time.

So, go on over to Lori Anderson’s web site and sign up to participate in this design challenge. Watch this space to see what transpires with the beads I ship away and receive in return.

Meanwhile, here’s a little inspiration of my own – a recent necklace I made for the show in Ruidoso. Enjoy!

lace necklace

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Lori Anderson August 12, 2011 at 4:29 pm

I’m so glad you joined up!

Cathie Carroll August 26, 2011 at 9:41 am

I too am a Project Runway addict.
I tell my husband Thursday mornings- “Heidi’s on tonight” and he’s set for the day.

Where else can you see the creaitve process in action? And with such talented people.

Zydie October 14, 2011 at 1:15 pm

I love your creations, they are so beautiful!
You’ve got such a great feeling for color and glass… stunning!

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