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Awakening January 2009 | by Charger's and Frankie's Mommy
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Awakening January 2009

Awakening This one is January’s page… still a work in progress. I just want to finish the other brown butterfly and the left blue spiral. This page is about new beginnings. January is a big month for goal setting and resolutions. Butterflies are a great symbol of rebirth. Spirals are a symbol of life. So this page is about making a commitment to myself to continue in my self-improvement and fitness. I haven’t written my paragraph for this one quite yet. But it will be something similar to December's. This one also still needs to have a backing finishing, after the beading is done.

 

The Beaded Journal Project is a year long challenge that asks participants to create a fabric journal page for each month that captures the experience of that month, for the artist. We began this journey in September 2008. I chose to create a shrine style page with the concept of a sculptural book that would both stand and have doors that opened onto the beaded pages. The project has gone through different phases of development and is not yet complete. Finishing a project of this nature (hiding the stitching, making all surfaces presentable) is turning out to be a challenge. This is the first time I have done beaded artwork on this level. I am excited about what I have learned so far.

 

This is the 5th page in the series. Each shrine page will close with a tied ribbon and the back will have a written statement about the piece. Each piece is machine quilted using a variety of printed, batik, and hand-painted fabrics, then embellished with ribbon, lace, trim and beads. The beads are glass beads in many sizes, shapes and types.

 

You can follow and read more about this series on my blog Sheba Kitty Productions

 

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Taken on July 9, 2009