About Me

I am a weaver of beads with needle and thread. My work ranges from small scale jewelry items to one of a kind exhibit pieces. My current interests are in metalsmithing and textiles with a goal of bringing creativity and innovation to my work. I dabble in photography too. Please use the contact link above for inquiries.

For general interests in beadweaving, please see my beading news blog: beadweaver.blogspot.com 

Thank you for visiting. 

Monday
Nov062017

I've Not Gone

I've not gone away. I am very much still here. But I am no longer there. Where I was before. It's okay though. I will be back. It has been a very long four years. I've missed you too. 

Monday
Nov092015

Inspired



I recently discovered an artist who writes a beautiful blog that I now follow. I find her work inspiring. Her name is Jude Hill and you can find her site at: spiritcloth.typepad.com

It all began when I was asked to create one of my Xhosa inspired cuffs for another textile artist friend. The cuff uses wool which I add beadwork and embroidery to. It's very simple, really. 

And so I pulled out my wool stash. I have some 100% wool felt that I bought at Joanne's. It's a pretty wool but the texture was a bit coarse. So I washed it and washed it and washed it. I got this lovely light, fluffy woolen fabric. Like freshly fallen snow.  The fibers are a bit loose so it's a bit messy, but nice nonetheless. So I pulled out this wool and thought, I am just going to randomly embroider this with beads and thread and see what happens. And so I did. It really was amazing what came out of it. 

I started at one corner and went to the other. And pretty soon a face formed. And then I had to add a word. I've been particularly stressed lately with my very old, very infirmed sweet companion dog. And so this is what happened. 

And, as I am always thinking of function, a purse formed. I lined it. I added snaps for the sides so that it could be displayed flat or snapped up as a carry-all. 

And then I started to do some research online and that's when I discovered this movement of "Slow stitching." Which led me to Claire Wellesley-Smith's Slow Stitching book. Which led me to Jude's site. Add to that my love for Cathy Cullis's work and so off I have been going...in a new direction. But with a better felt ( Belgian-from PurlSoho in NYC). 

I've combined a Crow-style stitch with opening up an area for cloth stitching. I plan to use an Iroquois styled edging - inspired by my friend Nick's recent venture into woodland styled work. As for the Xhosa cuff, I am still working on it. My friend lives in Alaska so it takes a while getting the fit right...

Wednesday
Sep162015

Healdsburg Art Fair

Hi Friends, 

If you visited me last weekend at the Healdsburg Art Fair and would like to contact me about a piece you saw, please use the Contact form. You'll find the tab on the upper right of this page. 

It was great meeting both art enthusiasts and artists and I look forward to seeing you again!

best wishes,

suemandel

Thursday
Aug272015

There is something about beads. Shiny, matte, translucent, opalescent beads. Tiny drops of glass waiting, wishing to be strung together in a harmonious cacophony of color, texture, and form. What a joy to weave them - one by one, two by two- into miles long fabric that speaks its own language. A tradition as old as Homo sapiens; not lost (never lost) only rediscovered each generation with new ideas and forms and ways of weaving built upon those that have come before. 
Ah, my beads. I love my beads. They talk to me, sing to me, yell at me, scream at me! Where would I be without my beads? My language? Look. Listen. Touch. Feel. My beads.
They are beautiful. 
They are my voice. 
Listen closely and you will hear them. They will reach out and touch your soul. 

Wednesday
Jun102015