Friday, November 9, 2007

Under the Sea for October

I used a fish cut from some of Laurel Burch's fabulous fabric for my Under the Sea BJP for October. Laurel passed away in September, so this is my tribute to her & her wonderful art...

Isn't Laurel's choice of colours fabulous?

The fish was backed & lightly stuffed with fiberfil to give him a 3D effect. His body is bead embroidered & the fins are woven with Peyote stitch, which allows them to 'float' as fins should.

You can read Laurel's Obituary here.

18 comments:

beadbabe49 said...

he's wonderful, ellen!

yes, I was also sad to read of laurel's passing as I've also loved her work for many years. She's certainly left a huge legacy of art behind her...

Grace said...

Wonderful page, great colors! I only wish I could enlarge it - I'm greedy that way :-)

Thanks Ellen

freebird said...

You did a wonderful job of sharing her art with us. Yes, her colors are wonderful.

Lora said...

I always liked Laurel's style :) Great tribute!

KV said...

You captured the spirit of Laurel's work, Ellen -- this is so wonderful.

Kathy V in NM

Helaine said...

Ellen

I love your latest page. The fish and the background are beautiful.

Hugs, Helaine

Kiwi Ellen said...

Thank you girls, it's hard not to be inspired when you see Laurel's art, eh?

Grace I don't know why my pictures won't open to bigger pics -aghhh- I'm going crazy trying to find out what is wrong with this silly blog picture thing ;9

artandtea said...

What a wonderful tribute to a great artist. I've always enjoyed Laurel's work. Your beadwork is fabulous!
-Karen

Vintage Blue Studio said...

What a wonderful piece. It is definately the type of thing I'd love to hang on my wall and look at during the day. It's one of those piece's that just makes you smile.

Diana

Kiwi Ellen said...

Thank you Karen. I'm pleased Laurel's family is continuing to share her wonderful designs with us & I hope they do so for a long time. I see her fabrics all over the place, one of the nurses who was in attendance when Joe had his surgery was wearing a shirt from Laurel's fabric.

Thank you Diana, my husband has positioned this piece where it catches the light 'just so' & it does make me smile when I see it. He tells me I should make more of this kind of piece - Maybe I will ;9

ACey said...

Beautiful work. I agree it is a fitting and lovely tribute to LB. Her life and legacy are an inspiration to so many people.

Kiwi Ellen said...

Thank you Acey

Becca said...

BEAUTIFUL! What a wonderful tribute, and gorgeous beading. :)

Kiwi Ellen said...

Thank you Becca, I'll have to add you to my favorite blogs so I can check out what you are up to more often ;9

girl_gone_thread_wild said...

Oh, this page is colorific!!!! Sweetness! What a great honor to Laurel to use her fab in this way. I had no idea she passed... she definitely lives on in the heart of artists. xo, Monica

Kiwi Ellen said...

Thanks Monica ;9

Judi D said...

This fishy is divine!!! You did a beautiful piece here.

Kiwi Ellen said...

Thank you Judi dear!!