I think one of my gifts is being able to see the inner artist in others, even if they don’t see it in themselves. If you’re using a pattern as a guide, but change the colors, develop a cool closure, or add or subtract elements to make it your own, that’s art, too. Always give credit where credit is due, of course. My friend Denise took a bracelet class at a retreat, but she didn’t like the metal findings. She created a beaded toggle clasp with the same beads as the project so it would flow better in her eye. She’s a bead artist in my eye. Elevate beading to art in your own way. For further discussion, see Kirstie Beaven’s article “When is a craft an art?” (Thanks, Sue!)
Bead Art has been around thousands of years, as I learned from Lois Dubin. There are beautiful examples of bead art from American Indians and the Maasai in eastern Africa. I feel we came to a point where beading was considered by most to be a craft, when along comes the book The New Beadwork showing exciting and progressive ideas in bead art. NanC Meinhardt referred me to this book, and the work in it is still relevant for today.
So, I decided to giveaway a copy of The New Beadwork to someone who shares their thoughts in the comments below. See the yellow box for details, and I’m excited to read what you write!
Enter the Giveaway: To enter, leave a comment below and share your thoughts on beading as an art form. Be sure to fill out the email box when you comment so I can contact you. A winner will be announced Thursday, October 20th. Good luck!
Update: The winner of the copy of “New Beadwork” is…Karen/kshan2000!! Congrats and keep an eye out for my email so I can get the book to you. Thank you so much to everyone who entered and left comments. It was amazing to read each one. I think as a group we are ahead of some in the crafty community because they aren’t ready to call what they do art. I was thrilled to read all the strong convictions that beading is an artform!