The Art Jewelry Elements Theme Challenge for March is Hares and Bunnies. The challenge was simple: Make a rabbit or hare bead or piece of jewelry and share it on March 31st.
A collection of earthenware rabbits in Oaxaca, Mexico
I don’t have any rabbit or hare beads with me here in Mexico, so I couldn’t really participate in terms of making something new. So instead I’m going to share a rabbit necklace that is currently available in my shop, as well as some rabbit jewelry that I have designed and sold in the past.
First off is this delightful “Bunny Love” necklace. I was lucky enough to snare this double bunny pendant from Nancy Adams of Round Rabbit. Her ceramic work sells fast, so I was pleased to have been at the right place at the right time to grab this pendant.
The Bunny Love necklace is in my shop, which, by the way, is brand spankin’ new! I’ve been busy this past month setting up my own, stand-alone website. Some things will remain in my Etsy shop, but my complete line of jewelry and ceramic components will only be available on my website. The web address is easy to remember. Its just my name and dot com. .www.LindaLandig.com I will be back in the States soon and all orders placed now will ship on April 7th, via USPS.
Bunny Love Necklace
I love bunnies, so I thought I’d share a couple of my previously sold designs as well. This necklace features one of Jenny Davies-Reazor’s wonderful ceramic hare pendants. I made it for display in her both for Bead Fest 2013.
Lunar Hare Necklace
This necklace dates way back to 2010, but it is still one of my favorites. I love the carved pendant!
Carved Bone Rabbit Necklace
I’m really looking forward to seeing all the rabbit and hare designs. Here are all the links. Let’s get hopping!
How to enter the Art Bead Scene Monthly Challenge:
Create something using an art bead that fits within our monthly theme. We post the art to be used as your inspiration to create. This challenge is open to jewelry-makers, fiber artists, collage artist, etc. The art bead can be created by you or someone else. The challenge is to inspire those who use art beads and to see all the different ways art beads can be incorporated into your handiwork.
The challenge includes a blog hop and the potential for prizes! I have entered this bracelet. The ceramic art beads are by Evelyn Arvey of Vivid Arts.
Evelyn used to show her ceramic beads in the same art gallery gift shop where I had my jewelry. I would often purchase a handful of her amazing beads when I brought new jewelry into the gift shop. Her bright colors and detailed, playful patterns have always inspired me.
The button was purchased in a shop in the town where my parents used to live. This bead shop had bought out all the vintage glass buttons from a defunct manufacturer in Germany. The buttons were in a huge barrel on the floor. I spent hours just lovingly sifting through them!
I just joined a monthly challenge sponsored by the Art Bead Scene blog. According to their blog, here’s how it works:
“Create something using an art bead that fits within our monthly theme. We post the art to be used as your inspiration to create. This challenge is open to jewelry-makers, fiber artists, collage artist, etc. The art bead can be created by you or someone else. The challenge is to inspire those who use art beads and to see all the different ways art beads can be incorporated into your handiwork.”
There is a monthly winner, a blog hop to see everyone’s creations, and a weekly featured artist.
This month’s inspirational painting is Brown River by Wayne Thiebaud.
Brown River by Wayne Thiebaud
Here is the necklace I created in response to this painting.
Ceramic pendant by Yolanda's clay
The pendant for this necklace is a pretty artisan made ceramic square by Yolanda’s Clay, that features a little bird rising up in flight.
Wayne Thiebaud’s paintings are known for “clear light and vibrant color”. This color sense is evident in the intensely hued yellow in the fields, which I tried to capture in the bright yellow ceramic pendant and in the glass beads all around the necklace . There are echos of what is known as “strikemaster” purple, throughout the painting and that color is also echoed throughout my necklace. Although the painting doesn’t depict any birds, one could well imagine them in this scene. Perhaps my little birdy is singing the praises of the beautiful fields and winding rivers that Wayne Thiebaud has mastered so wonderfully !