Saturday, February 16, 2013

A story of a shoe...

The most frequently asked question about this piece of mine is "Where is the other one?". The answer is - it is in the progress. Please do not ask when it will be finished.... ;o)

I made it for the Battle of Beadsmith 2012. It is a Facebook group started by Steven Weiss of the Beadsmith company (which needs no presentation, right?). Last year I was too busy to blog about it, but now it is 6 o'clock in the morning, hubby is on his way to the airport and kids are still in bed - with another words it is a perfect time to blog.

So, here is my Freya. More info can be found on WiKi, but the point is that Freya is a norse/viking female deity, sometimes taking bird form. I figured, what speaks Norse better than grass-green colors and ice-cold labradorites? For a contrast, I added some amber (guess it looks like real resin on trees). ;o)

Here is my shoe.

                           


And this a nice photo of a Swedish forrest that I have found on the internet, its owner is Erik@http://erikhorned.wordpress.com/.


                           
The shoe is not embroidered, it is beadwoven. I was weaving and sowing the beadwork onto the textile almost simultaneously to follow the shape of it. Feathers were kindly donated by a rooster, totally violence-free.

My SIL was taking these pics with her fancy camera and my blond Swedish MIL has offered to be a foot model.

Enough talking, here are the pictures:











It went quite well in the battle for me and my Freya. We came to the second round and then lost to a runner-up of the entire contest, Ann Braginsky and her amazing Valkyriahttp://alona-stoev.livejournal.com/106856.html

This year - new battle. I have an idea....

12 comments:

Marsha Wiest-Hines said...

Freya is a beauty, and it is wonderful to hear the whole story behind the beauty. Looking forward to what you will create this year!

Anikó - Gyöngyszerelem said...

Oh, my God! Well that's fantastic, beautiful and amazing! Great work! Congratulations to all! Congratulations!
love
Aniko

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

This is really beautiful. Great job.
Nicole/Beadwriht

theresa campbell said...

jesus that shoe is so beautiful! wow I wish I was THAT talented!!

laminate beading said...

Wow such a great idea...Its very nice to know about beading.

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Eva Maria Keiser said...

Spectacular!
Greetings,
-Eva Maria

galeria61 said...

Przepiękny pantofelek, musiałaś włożyć w niego ogrom pracy - warto!

galeria61 said...

Przepiękny pantofelek!

Amanda said...

Very beautiful! You are a talented artist.

Pollart Bijou said...

Coś obłędnego. Jedna z ładniejszych prac jakie do tej pory widziałam.