Huichol Inspired Day of the Dead Beaded Paper Mache Skull

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“Wherever I walk, wherever I sing, there is a blossoming of flowers, a rapture of song.
And there my heart is alive.” - - Huichol saying

I've long admired the handwork of the Huichols, a Native American group living in western central Mexico.  They are well known for their art, in particular their yarn paintings and beaded objects.

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Googly Eyes Halloween Topiary

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Pixie, kobold, elf, and sprite,
All are on their rounds tonight;
In the wan moon's silver ray,
Thrives their helter-skelter play.
--  Joel Benton

Have you ever had the feeling that someone is watching you?

Halloween has never been my favorite holiday, but for some reason I am totally getting into the spooky, creepy spirit.  I tend to lean toward the benevolent scary creatures of Monsters Inc. rather than the hair raising likes of the Exorcism.  Did you know that the Exorcism is based on the true story of 13 year old boy here in St. Louis?  Yikes!   My hometown is also the location of several haunted mansions.   Anyway, you get the gist.  I'm having fun getting in the mood and preparing the decorations.

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Disco Lives! - glittery disco ball earrings with Smoothfoam

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Disco lives!  Oh yeah!  Make these glittery earrings and you will soon be strutting your stuff across the dance floor.  They are super lightweight as the core is Smoothfoam.  They are a snap to make. For the full directions, check out my post on the Smoothfoam blog.  Don't forget to post a picture of your version on my Facebook page

Designer Crafts Challenge :: Vacation Memory - Beaded Coin Necklace

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Laughter is an instant vacation -- Milton Berle

This month's Designer Crafts Connection theme is vacation memories.  I didn't take a vacation this year, but I have a jar full of coins from my travels around the world.  This particular coin is an Australian dollar that I saved from a vacation 14 years ago.  I've been itching to get back to Australia, so I figured a little talisman around my neck may bring the funds required.

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Big news! I've moved!

©2013 Lindsay Obermeyer St. Louis Skyline
We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.  --  Walt Disney
 
I've moved!  Yep, I finally pulled up stakes in Chicago and returned to my hometown of St. Louis. Now while you may think moving back would be a simple matter, it wasn't.  I've been living in Chicago for 20 years with many friends and colleagues.  Chicago was my kinda town, but the desire to be near family outweighed all else.

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jewelry :: you have to start somewhere

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Not on one strand are all life's jewels strung.  ~William Morris

These past few weeks I've been slowly cleaning out my studio.  It's been a job given that my studio is filled with 14 years of accumulation.  I like to create from chaos.  When I bead, I don't keep my colors separate, I pour a little of each into several trays allowing for serendipity to happen.  So yes, I'm that person who saves buttons, keys, old stamps and other ephemera.

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art :: more from the glass prairie

©2013 Lindsay Obermeyer Goat s Rue ©2013 Lindsay Obermeyer Wild lupine

Flowers seem intended for the solace of ordinary humanity.  --  John Ruskin

Slowly the Glass Prairie grows.  Here are two more flowers - Goat's Rue and Wild Lupine.  
Each flower is made from hundreds of seed beads and wire using the French beaded flower technique.
I made each flower and leaf part separately before assembling them.  

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Gone Viral: Medical Science and Contemporary Textile Art

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Each living creature must be looked at as a microcosm--a little universe, formed of a host of self-propagating organisms,
inconceivably minute and as numerous as the stars in heaven.  --  Charles Darwin

This spring my art was exhibited in Gone Viral: Medical Science and Contemporary Textile Art at the Casie and Jesse
Marion Gallery at SUNY's Rockefeller Art Center in Fredonia, NY.  Curated by Dr. Leese Rittlemann, the exhibition explored 
the intersections of art with medical inquiry.  Participating artists included Sonya Clark, Laura Splan, Anna DumitriuPaddy
Hartley and myself.  

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Glass Prairie - French Beaded Flowers

©2013 Lindsay Obermeyer Anise

And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth's dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.

    --  Percy Bysshe Shelley, "The Sensitive Plant"

In honor of spring and the flowers slowly unfolding in my garden, I bring you a few
more French beaded flowers from my Glass Prairie collection.  While they aren't
necessarily spring flowers themselves, they raised my spirits during the darkest
of winter days.

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DIY Slide Bracelet Components from Cousin

I love my bling and Cousin makes it so easy!  Their new slide bracelet components are gorgeous and simple to use.  I had to keep my daughter out of the studio as I worked.  She kept trying to sneak off with the finished bracelets before I had a chance to photograph them!  For each bracelet I was able to coordinate and add as I wanted. The slide beads come in pre-coordinated sets for all tastes from rock-n-roll to girly romantic.  I rarely wear bracelets as they are generally too big
for my skinny wrists, so I especially love that I can cut the leather bands to size. 

©2013 Lindsay Obermeyer Cousin Slide Bracelet   ©2013 Lindsay Obermeyer Cousin Slide Bracelet

 

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