Friday, February 28, 2014

She Made :: She Made

I'm so excited that Therese asked 6 of us to join her in the She Made : She Made Challenge this month. Usually this is a one-on-one between Therese and Christine. But Therese generously invited a few of us to join, and sent out a focal to work with.

I loved this piece from the moment I saw it; created by Susan Clayton, a sculptor in Tallapoosa GA.  Susan says about her work "each little soulful character has an important story to tell, and I hope other people can look at them and find some connection." Therese was at an arts festival in Tuscaloosa when she came across Susan's booth, and walked away with a handful of these beautiful face focals.  

I knew I was going to bezel it, but I let this one develop as I beaded along. Once I had the bezel done I knew she was going to be a pin! I had to build up the back of it just a bit because it was rounded and I wanted to be able to attached a suede backing. And then a pin to the suede. She really came alive to me once I gave her some dark beautiful locks. She feels like an 'old soul' to me, with much knowledge to share. 

Thank you Therese for asking me to join this month! I loved this project. Here are the links to all the others joining the challenge: Therese, Christine, Tanya, Hope, Shirley and Bobbie

29 comments:

Jacquelineand.... said...

What a brilliant way to use this focal, she really 'talks' to you.

Duni said...

Oh yes, that sculpted piece screamed to be made into a brooch! You did a brilliant job, Cynthia :)

Maryanne said...

What a fantastic pin! She looks perfect!

Memories for Life said...

Love her beaded hair!

Therese's Treasures said...

Cynthia,
You did a fantastic job of capturing you face's essence. I love her wild and wooly hair. Living in Alabama I see a lot of older Black women that your lady reminds me of, there is a lot of life and wisdom in those old faces.
Therese

Therese's Treasures said...

Oh and yes, Thank you for participating in this challenge. I am looking forward to meeting you at the end of March.
Therese

Becky Pancake said...

Wonderful job Cynthia. She does look like an old soul.Adding hair was a great idea.

Tanya said...

Oh, she is gorgeous. I thought the faces looked like old souls as well. Susan puts so much character into those little faces. I love the hair. It's just perfect - flowy and free.

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

I like her character lines, Cynthia. I find face beads/cabs particularly challenging to work with, but you've rendered her especially appealing with those out-of control dreads :)

CraftyHope said...

Old soul indeed! I think your use of her as a simple pin is extraordinary. Your lovely touches just added enough to make her 'yours' while still letting her beautiful soul shine through. Marvelous!

Alicia said...

Whoopi Goldberg in a pin! Absolutely fabulous, Cynthia :)

Janet Bocciardi said...

More dreads! Love it! She looks like Whoopi to me. Fun!

BeadedTail said...

I was thinking Whoopi too! It's kinda freaky looking but so creative and fun!

Christine Altmiller said...

Old, Wise, Beautiful, with a surprising Wild Streak. I adore all that you did with her, especially her hair! Great pin, Cynthia!

Shel said...

Oh, Cynthia! She is so wonderful!! I too think she looks like an old soul - very beautiful - love her!

Bobbie said...

I love that you made her into a brooch -- now she can perch on your shoulder and whisper wisdom in your ear every day!

Claudia Aguilar said...

She does have amazing hair! :)

Caron Michelle said...

What a fabulous opportunity and you have grabbed it with both hands and created an amazing piece! Just love this! Bravo!

Introverted Art said...

oh wow, feminine soul full of motherly power

Liz E said...

I half expect her eyes to pop open. Your beading is in complete harmony with that beautifully wrinkled face. Gorgeous!

Halinka said...

HI:
Very unique 'face' pendant with the native feature.
I do not know why,but reminds me of Whoopi Goldberg:-)
-All the Best to You!-
-Halinka-

Magic Love Crow said...

These faces are so beautiful and unique! So much character! I love the bead work around them! Well done ;o) Take Care ;o)

BIKBIK AND RORO said...

Wow, this is really a statement piece! It's another of your works which I say is awesome enough to be in a museum!

Marcela Gmd said...

Wow great job!!!
Have a good week, dear friend!!! my g+ for you!!!:)))

Besos, desde EspaƱa, Marcela♥

Cindy said...

Cynthia, I had to do a double take, your piece is so amazing! WOW! I really have no idea how you do it - the hair, the frame, all of it. Your pin is stunning!

Mary K. McGraw said...

She also looks like an old soul to me and you gave her the respect she deserves in your creation.

Amy S. said...

I mentioned this on Therese's blog too, that sometimes these little faces give me the heebie-jeebies, but frankly I am loving what I've seen. Your pin is no exception - I love what you did with the hair!!

LisaS said...

Wow! It is such an interesting face to start with and making it into a pin with seed beads is just perfect. I love it!

Karen Williams said...

She looks like such a strong, vibrant, creative spirit! What fun she is going to be to wear. She'll lead you into all sits of adventures, I will bet. :)

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