“Circles of Black, Circles of White V”, (24.25”W x 27.25”T), while 5th in this series to be cut out, is actually the 2nd to be completed. I love the bright colors and buttons. All of the pieces in this seven parts series have the same black and white striped circle fabric, which was a challenge to keep using in fresh ways. In the past, I haven’t done a series of more than three pieces. Since the work is so slow, (1 square inch of beading = 1 hour’s work), I would usually be sick of the colors upon completion. However, the first four pieces were all cut out at the same time while visiting friends out in WA, so the drive to have longer series was there. I am, however, getting really tired of black and white seed beads.
In the detail shot, you can see some of the intensive use of glass buttons and beads. There is a retro button in the lower left side (lime green outside, orange center) that looks like gummy candy. In the upper right, are some elongated orange glass tubes, with yellow edges, that look like Halloween candy corn. While working on this piece, a lot of people said that it reminded them of a Mexican holiday, or Mardi Gras, While I didn’t necessarily have any of that in mind, as I was just playing with the fabrics and embellishments, I do think that this piece is the most celebratory in the series.
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