Do you remember my friend, Lindsay Starr? She's the creative genius behind Phantasm Creations and does some of the most amazing bead work I have ever seen. I did a trade with her last year (you can read about it in this post) and we decided it was time to do another one, this time with a twist. We would each start a piece and then send it to the other person to finish.
I had been hoarding a face cab she made and decided it would be fun to do something with that. Me being me (with a micro macrame obsession) it stood to reason that I would have to do something with macrame, so I knotted two pieces the size of the cab. As you can see from the photo, the front piece is a bezel with a hole for the face to peek through and the back is a solid circle of knotting. I sandwiched them together and did some more knotting to get this:
I didn't exactly know what I was doing, since this was my first attempt at something like this. I learned some things I will definitely do better next time, but I like the way she turned out. The way the knotting snugs up around her face makes me think of a woman in the cold with her hood drawn up close to keep her warm.
I wanted to give Lindsay a little more knotting to work with in case she needed to bring it back into her design, so I knotted a couple more circles keeping with the theme. It will be most interesting to see what she makes with these. And meanwhile, she send me these beautiful pieces:
Gorgeous, right?! The flower and leaf (and maybe the time of year) made me think of Day of the Dead (okay, that's probably one of those thought transitions that only I would follow, but it makes perfect sense to me). I decided to try something really different and attempt to knot a skull. I know! Ridiculous, right!?
No, it's not a white strawberry and yes, it is going to be more skull-like before I'm finished. You will just have to come back and see.
While she was waiting for my packaged parts to arrive in the mail, Lindsay was without a project and asked me for an assignment. Me being me (my latest catch-all un-apology excuse), I suggested she do something with a sugar skull and a Day of the Dead theme.
She nailed it, didn't she! I told you she was awesome. While you're waiting to see our finished pieces, you should head over to her blog and check out her other pieces. Prepared to be amazed. And don't forget to come back and see what we do with our collaboration experiment!