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The Beaded Body, a life-size figure study in freeform peyote and brick stitch. One bead at a time.
The Beaded Body, a life-size figure study in freeform peyote and brick stitch. One bead at a time.
74 backers pledged $3,031 to help bring this project to life.

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I'm super excited to get going on this sculpture. I'll use off-loom beadweaving techniques with a needle and thread to weave a complete covering in beads from around the world onto a life-size female form. I see this project as the first in a series of beaded human figures.

Here's a pic of the miniature model I'm working on to demonstrate the process. The finished model will be a reward!

Working model, and $500 reward.
Working model, and $500 reward.

Most of my experience is in art-to-wear and jewelry. I have done one sculpture, a beaded spine, titled The Tree of Andry. It took approximately 200 hours to complete.

The Tree of Andry
The Tree of Andry

The funds raised will go to purchasing a life-size female mannequin, beads, and weaving supplies to complete the work and to cover costs of the rewards.

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$250 reward, in progress
$250 reward, in progress

My plan is to fulfill rewards and buy all necessary supplies in January. I'll begin working on the form at the end of January and have until April uninterrupted time. Then my art show season begins and I will use the time between shows to work on the sculpture. I estimate time at 900 hours to complete. The proposed deadline is December 1st, 2013. The end goal, to submit the work to The Figure Now/Exhibition 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Any additional funds I receive will go to purchasing more mannequins, more beads, and creating more rewards. *Fingers crossed!*

Risks and challenges

The only potential problem I could have is time-related. I've used the past several months to work on a solid inventory of art-to-wear for the upcoming Spring and Summer shows. Basing the time it took to complete the spine model, I believe I have planned and scheduled work accordingly to get the project done by the deadline.

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FAQ

  • I'm hoping that The Beaded Body will evolve into a series of large-scale beaded works of art, using the color wheel for the first group of three forms. For the first, The Beaded Body, I decided to use a red-blue-purple color palette because I was so intrigued by the election map, with the red and blue blocking, and then later seeing the county election maps that made the country map virtually purple.

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    A big thank you posted on Facebook and Twitter, a color postcard mailed to you with a picture of the working model delivered 01/13 and a color postcard mailed to you with a picture of the finished work delivered 12/13, and a necklace worked in the color palette of the finished work.

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    A big thank you posted on Facebook and Twitter, a color postcard mailed to you with a picture of the working model delivered 01/13 and e.mailed .pdf instructions to make your own freeform peyote stitch bracelet. (You must have a working knowledge of peyote stitch.)

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    A big thank you posted on Facebook and Twitter, a color postcard mailed to you with a picture of the working model delivered 01/13 and a color postcard mailed to you with a picture of the finished work delivered 12/13, and the working model (11-1/2" tall) itself worked in the color palette of the finished work.

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