Suzanne’s Blade

Posted in Artwork, Bags & Containers, Beadwork, Knives, tools, traditional with tags , , , , , , , on May 6, 2016 by starhandarts

Oh she’s indeed a hummer. 20” from tip to tip, 5” wide. Made by hand, the sheath body is Elk rawhide, wool trade cloth with glass seed bead embroidery. Upper wrap is hair on cowhide with bead embroidery. Traditional work is very satisfying to me. Love the whole of it. Smells of the materials, solving the puzzle of how to blend and balance the desire for the piece to the end place of a useful and active tool. Beautiful as well as handy and handmade, unique to the blade it carries.IMG_2353

Temari Weaving

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry, Geometry Balls, sphere, Temari with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 14, 2016 by starhandarts

IMG_2285Springs pink, ochre and aqua weaving efforts came together well here. At 32 centers, 6.75” diameter, 56.5cm. circumference, her presence shines through. C 10 mark in the wide banded pentagonal grid is dominant. The triangles weave under, over and between the band bodies. A first time for me in splitting the primary bands rather than using a laid space to do so. It was inspired by Temari SJ11 from the Temari Kai pattern base.  Those 5+3 figure combinations that the C 10 mark provides seem to be an infinite source of design possibilities. The use of an ombre Nordic Gold metallic marking thread really made a wonderful sparkle as the light dances over the surface. It game me more experience using double strand #5 as well. Oh yes always learning and practicing those basic skills, using them on new and more ambitious projects. Thank you to all the Temari guides and gods for their assistance in every stitch taken.

Earth Ribbons Temari

Posted in Artwork, Balls, sphere, Temari with tags , , , , , on March 11, 2016 by starhandarts

She’s big, dark like the season’s hibernating energy, fat and juicy. 8.6” diameter, 68.5 cm. circumference. The biggest wrapped mari so far. Her bell box at the center is a great aspect.  Size does make things challenging. Keeping the perfection of roundness was very hard. Even continuous checking while making the sphere, slapping  and pounding, whacking even, I found that once I started making the marking grid she was off round in some areas. Argh to say the least! So, a multi centered grid seemed out, darn it.

I had this cool ribbon purchased months ago just because it looked really cool and had been trying to use it somehow. Voila! A simple division of 20 spokes  as you can see. 9yds. of ribbon, many hrs. spent making the mari itself. Holding it and wrapping takes some serious patience and pauses, returning to it again and again over perhaps a week’s time. Needless to say probably, but it was eating an amazing amount thread.

Every Temari made so far has been a learning adventure. Knowing how this one would evolve was a mystery. I marked the spokes with trash thread, laid the first 10 arms that overlap each pole, only then realizing placing 10 more was ‘right’. Then cutting and fitting sections of the ribbon design into the equator to mark the belly brought me to the enough and finished moment.

From  facing the ready all black sphere and a pile of waiting ribbon came the gradual evolution into possibility. I will probably work with ribbon again  knowing now  more about what style, width and design to choose.   All My Temari Earth Ribbons (1) All My Temari Earth Ribbons (4)

Green Ribbon Temari A Hybrid Species

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Beaded Temari, Beadwork, Geometry, Geometry Balls, Temari with tags , , , , , , , , on February 20, 2016 by starhandarts

IMG_2259IMG_2260C 10 Temari structure, Icosidodecahedron. 11” diameter. 89.5 cm. circum.  Wool felt skin, ribbon trim, beaded medallions. Beaded Temari Ball. I wanted to get bigger again. To me size does matter. The presence that travels with the big spheres really blows big wind up my skirt.

I listened to a documentary while working this ball,  about Seymour Bernstein. A  gifted teacher and music composer. His relationships with students of all disciplines was brilliant, his guidance spot on. One of his quotes, “I never dream’t that with my own two hands I could touch the sky”. These words touch me deeply as I feel the same about the creative manifestations that pass through my hands and enter this realm, our 3D world. Repeatedly I feel this same gratitude and reverance with every piece of hand work that appears before me.

Temari Pink 32

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry, Geometry Balls, Temari with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 26, 2016 by starhandarts

IMG_2255 IMG_2257I began this thread ball after looking at one of Nana Akua’s works, many times. Over the last 6 months I pondered what the mark was, overall size and just how or if I was thinking I understood what needed to be done. Looking at a photograph on the net certainly inspires but……. Yes it does look lovely but it’s not the whole of what Nana’s ball shows. So what did I miss? I didn’t end up with enough territory between the pentagonal forms to do the design shown on her piece. Drat! I completed anyway using something that both fits and works.

Did I need a bigger mari? Smaller thread size? Different marking grid? I wish I new just what to do for next time. I really want to complete this Temari using all the elements she put together. It is 45.5cm. circumference, using #5 perle cotton. A C10 that becomes 32 centers with 10 mark lines on the pentagrams and 12 lines at each hexagon.

I tried the 5 sided rose pattern for the first time with this ball and feel good about the results, even though perfection is a ways down the line the overall design elements work well together.

Every Temari it seems teaches a new dimension about every step along the path to completion. Where to leave and where to take away certainly. Tension. Using the eye and mind to center and place points rather than always pinning everything came together more with this piece.

Surely happiness is being in the middle somewhere with each sphere made.

In the Joy Field with 42

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry, Temari with tags , , , , , , , , on January 9, 2016 by starhandarts

IMG_2248This design way is a new and inspiring field to play in. The 5 star is still central in this 2nd variation but the 6’s have changed quite a bit. Finding a pattern amongst all the structural lines has at times been confusing for me. All I can say with this one is that ‘I saw something’. A hint as to where to begin. I’m fairly new to this divine medium so being able to KNOW and or visualize ahead of the finished piece is not in my tool bag yet.

Don’t get me wrong, I am in wonder at the results of accidental beauty and recognize that many hours and years of practical experience in color and needlework,  other mediums and just simply the time in to learn are real ingredients of now. Oh yeah, 36.7cm. circum.

42 Centers Tutorial Temari

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry, Geometry Balls, Temari with tags , , , , , , , on January 2, 2016 by starhandarts

IMG_2240Learning new skills and techniques has given me a needed boost in confidence in the Art of Temari. More complex, better ability to construct the marking, easier method of locating the 12 centers of the C10 starting mark. Adding all the extra guidelines and adjusting the many new centers so that they are all uniform and balanced around the sphere. These are huge improvements and they open up the medium to all that follows making the creating of new work in all design ways easier and clearer. Each of these attributes will show up in all new projects. The online tutorial, offered by Barbara Suess is a wonderful learning tool.  Her guidance has been of great benefit several different times now, each addition of new skills and know how improves my work and provides deeper understanding into this art form. This ball is 43.5cm circum.

Working with a colorway of lower contrast is of interest as well. I love the bold and bright high contrast vibrating colors but using a softer color progression pleases the eye and sense of rightness for me. I thought I had finished the ball last night, something was not quite right, but what. I went into the center of each 5 star center and added a small dark star and the result was just the needed detail. Learning these things along the way for all artists is common. It is for me in other mediums too. The willingness to look at the ‘thought to be finished’ piece and realizing ‘not quite yet’, perhaps not knowing what that last final touch will be can be the most important move. I guess that’s true about most everything when I think about it.