an open source architectural beadwork project from Kate McKinnon and a worldwide team of innovators
I love talking to Marcia DeCoster. I like her slow smile, her clear eyes, her simple directness. She responds to the idea of getting “stuck” the same way that I do- by keeping notebooks and lists of awesome things we mean to do. Who could do them all, even in two lifetimes?
If one thing isn’t working, we don’t worry about it, we just pick up another. If all else fails, we clean the studio. Just playing with our stuff is enough to start us on something else.
(By the way, what sounds like wind in the videos is actually the whirr of hummingbird wings. We have learned our lesson and will be moving the feeder away from the CraftTub zone for shooting. The ambient yard birds, though, will always be a feature. Who could object to birdsong? Or more accurately, who could care about the objections of someone objecting to birdsong?)
Jean Power must surely be snugged into her bed in London now. I’ve been staring at pictures of her beadwork, wishing I’d had her teach me every single thing she does, thinks, or can pretend to do while she was here. How could I have spent any time sleeping, for example?
Above, Jean Power peyote stars. After a little battle this morning (I didn’t have enough Delica colours to make the learning easier) I’ve finally grasped the idea of circular peyote, and am well on the way to my own Superstar Waterbed Triangle Pillow Ring.
Below, a lovely photo of Teresa Sullivan, by Marcia DeCoster.
Below, a bit of rippling right angle weave from one of Marcia’s finished pieces.