- Tara Donovan Wooden toothpicks cube. Susan Landau explained us how it was reproduced in the museum based on the artist instructions. Giant amount of Mixed toothpicks pressed densely in a cube (5 faces), layer after layer and when completely filled, the screws were released and the wooden faces fell down. A toothpick cube - without any glue, stood on the floor!
- Ron Mueck Two old women. So realistic, but only 80 cm height. A genius work, that doesn't omit any details, the wedding ring, the face and hand wrinkles, the pantyhose creases, the small worn out shoes and coats, the dimple next to the eyebrow, the small moustache, the typical haircut. By the way, we were told that the hair was transplanted one by one in a silicon-fiberglass mold over the clay sculpture, which is then painted so realistically.
- Steve Wolfe's Cartons. Everything from scratch, manually painted and imprinted in special techniques, formed from cardboard or wood. As Magritte wrote "Ceci n'est pas une pipe" (or "this is not a pipe"), so "this is not cartons nor books".
- Gioacchino Rinaldi's enamel micromosaics. Looks as an oil painting but is a woowy micromosaics. Incredible!
- Malaysian Ceremonial dance jacket (sape manik). Called Kenyah beadwork (not to confuse with the African "Kenia" country). It is a netting very similar if not identical to netting used by Russian beadworkers. Check p.56-57 in Valerie Hector's Book "The art of Beadwork", to see similar Dayak Kaletau (humanlike figures).
- Miniature carnelian cat and man found in an anthropoid cuffin.
- Miniature Jewish handwriting of "Shir Hashirim" chapters, as a Succoth ornament, on an egg, as well as other miniature books and microcaligraphics.
- Chinese “Devil’s Work” ivory ball. This is absolutely one of the most spectacular and mysterious things I have ever seen. It is a Chinese Hand Carved Ivory Ball in Balls Puzzle which contains 14 carved balls within balls. I was sure there is a trick and somewhere I could find where it was glued, but NO! This is made of ONE piece of ivory, sort of "drilled" with special tools (ancient ones) to form a small ball. Then, a bigger ball above him, till you reach the last exterior one, which is said to be the most intricate and most difficult to make. I didn't completely understood how it is done, it looks like someone creates balls as an internal surgery in the dark, really as a blind and formed virtuously, with deep concentration and mathematical understanding/intuition a fabulous lace texture. This was for me the most striking object and I still wander how long it took to make it. In this context, we have the beaded balls of Judy Walker "Beaded Sphere", only that there it's done by making one small bead , then inserting it while making a bigger one and so on (and not vice versa as in the Chinese devil ball). There is also Ana Gautier glass ball in balls necklace that I saw recently in the Yaniv Glass Gallery in Tel Aviv, but I also guess she prepared first the most interior one and created the others above. Unfortunately, there is no picture to this necklace that I can address you to (unless you want to see it in the gallery).
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
This trial was done after more practice with Crochet and also after being aware of the small corrections and tips (below) in the "Crochet Bouquet" book blog.
Friday, December 19, 2008
The bee is something I came up with, though I decided finally to leave the small sweetheart rose as is, without anything in the middle.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
I did the Iris folding based on a pattern of "An Iris for Sarah" designed by Claire in 2003, but I can't find the link to it anymore. This greeting card is meant for Omer's birthday, I hope he will like it. To be honest, it took hrs and I am quiet disappointed of the result. What do you say?
Unfortunately, I can't find the link for this greeting card as well. I did it (8-9.6.07) for Nomnom wedding's last year.
Thanks to Beadonna, I can address you to find the links to this greeting card's wedding dress and tuxedo. Additionnaly, Beadonna sent a great link for Origami Wedding, where you can find another version to an Origami bride and groom and other interesting stuff such as this beautiful and complex diamond or crane rings. Thank you Beadonna!
Finally, this baby carriage was my first Iris folding card I made on 27.5.07. You will find the instructions here.
At last, here is a very nice Iris folding site with lots of free patterns:
Monday, December 15, 2008
13-15.12.08 Improving in Crochet with a Scallop-edge leaf, a Columbine flower and a pink Petal Arches flower
The "Columbine" - "Crochet Bouquet" p.49-50
This trial was done before I knew about the corrections of the crochet bouquet book.
Also look at the helpful posts on the "Crochet Bouquet" book Blog about:
"Finishing the crocheted Columbine"
"Columbine crocheting tips"
The "Scallop-Edge Leaf" - "Crochet Bouquet" p.116-117
The "Petal Arches" - "Crochet Bouquet" p.30
I sew the center of the flower with the Rose ruffle flower from the "Beader's floral" book (p.81).
14.12.08 I bought plenty of new thread colours in a local store :-)
Friday, December 12, 2008
After I saw Varda crochet flowers - it was a must for me to get the book, even if I didn't know crochet. I still have a lot of mistakes and I am sure I have plenty of new things to learn but this is a real good feeling to have started.
Please pardon me for all my errors here ;-)
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
The small expo is called: "Crazy little things". Not much beads were exposed and the beads are very nice - some of them amazing. However, we were a bit disappointed. The reason, that I suspected of before going, is that Sarah knows to picture so well her beads, with the proper light - that when you see them in a regular light or no special light, they loose a lot from their charm. It's not that they are not wooow, they are still amazing, but not as they appear in her blog or site. I know, it's a matter of light , maybe someone could have a start up by coupling internal light into a lampwork bead, wouldn't that be fantastic?
In a small room, we could find other glass treasures. I especially liked the glass works of Ana Gautier. I still wonder about her name, I think she is a Russian-Israeli but the family name is so French?! Nevermind, she has a very special glass technique, producing a net of glass spaghetti. I fell in love with her earrings, though I would gladly have them in an opaque colour. If I could efford it, I would buy her ball in balls necklace - which is so special! See her at work (image 2 of 14), working on a common project with Ayala Serfaty.
Finally, I saw for the first time in reality, the masterpieces lampwork necklaces of Rachel Goldreich (or Rachelle). I was left with open mouse. What joy, spring and colours in her work. Additionally, she is such a modest and kind person.
At last, that was the story of our journey, we came back home full of beads from all the year's end sales and now I need to buy new boxes to arrange them :-[
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
The pattern of the Iris and flowers popped so naturally from the teapot and I think much of the color style is influenced from my good beader friend Pnina, but also Varda. The spiral is the Magatama spiral by Laura McCabe, with a small variation.
I had to figure out all the connections, time will say if it's comfortable or not to wear...
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
23.11.08 Hey, today it's my birthday :-) and I got a nice present from Andrea: "Premio Dardos" Award
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Thank you Pnina for the purple cat eye and wooden beads!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
you can click on the picture to see more of his wonderful photographs or click this link.
Thank you Philip for kindly allowing me to put your picture on my blog.
I got the muse and the inspiration to come up with a flower similar to the Scarlet flax flower (פשתה גדולה):
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
5. Leave a message on the blogs of the people you have nominated.
For her charming, noble, refined and original jewels
Alle Meine Perlen - Claudia
For her beautiful bb necklace and bracelets, colors assortment and clean work
Beadturtle - Natalie's perlen - Eure Natalie
For her original stuff, beautiful turtles and guitar, wonderful tutorials and creativity
Traumperle - Ricki
For her original bee, ice-cream, grapes and beigel necklaces
Froschprinzessin - Annette
For her joyful colors, bb, frogs and creativity
For her beautiful geometric beads, haliotis, octopus and 3D stars
For her beautiful and special bb
Monday, October 13, 2008
I then arranged all the beads back to their boxes and felt quiet satisfied to have a "Tabula Rasa". It is essential for me to clean the desk in able to have the head clean and leave new space for creativity.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Later on, we spent some time eating tasty but tiny Rhamnus fruits (אשחר). Which picture do you prefer?
Monday, October 6, 2008
Remember my orpheline Isalala Cabochon (designed by Pencio)? Thanks to my dear aunt Pierrette, it has found a new home: the round lace bracelet designed by the dear talented artist Sandra D. Halpenny.
How was this connection made? I simply showed Pierrette my jewel boxes and she liked the Isalala. When we arrived to the box of my first beaded jewels, we found the round lace bracelets that I did a long time ago. It looked good together and what a joy to finally close a circle! I remade a new bracelet in almost the same colours as about a year ago, only that this time I used the fireline thread and also a magnetic clasp. I attached the cabochon to the lace and Voilalala la Isalandra!
Friday, October 3, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
A giant thank for her extraordinary diaper cake tutorial is deserved to Imale5 ( אמאל'ה 5 ).
My sister was very happy to get it :-)