Let me tell you, Explorations is totally wonderful! And perfect for those of you who have been hesitant to try your hand at freeform, but really love the look. Karen has created an album of work and instruction that is fabulous on the eyes, easy to follow and just SO inspiring! As a teaser of what you would have in store if you go and buy the book, here's an excerpt from Karen's blog:
"All told, Exploration's 174 pages includes images of ninety three pieces by twenty two artists (including myself) from three continents and four countries. Detailed photo essays give a closer look at the construction and/or design process for twenty nine of the pieces, ranging from earrings and brooches to bracelets, necklaces, beaded bottles and even three-dimensional beaded fish."
And some mind blowing work from artists included in here, starting with Karen herself, who explains how she created this gorgeous Poppy Brooch in one of my favorite chapters:
Karen Williams - Poppy Hat Brooch
And showcasing this stunning peyote draped bottle by Cortney Phillips (and she has another one in there, too!);
Cortney Williams - Untitled
And this most awesome ring by Lisa Jones;
Lisa Jones - Emerald City Ring
And this beauty of a necklace by the wonderful Saturday Sequins;
Sarah Meadows - Ocean
And, one of my personal favorites (this color combination just speaks to me) from Wendy Hatton, a necklace and earring set that I would just die for;
Wendy Hatton - Homage to Amphritite
After seeing all that, you MUST want to check out more!! There are eight chances available to be part of Karen's Giveaway from this blog tour - make sure to check out the rules and what the fabulous prizes are on her post HERE! :) Cynthia Machata of Antiquity Travelers has already made her post, so don't forget to hop there, too. Should you now want your own copy of this marvel, you can buy one on Amazon, or from Karen herself, and both a Kindle edition and an eBook are in the works for those of you who prefer a digital format.
On my post here, I am going to give away a little bead soup, so that one of you can start your freeform journey right away. Leave me a comment, and I'll put your name in the hat!! I have some lovely little soups just hanging around in my stash... ;)
Thank you so much for this opportunity, Karen, I am so honored to be a part of your fantastic book! (I hope we all manage to turn some beaders into freeformers!!)
Blog Tour List:
January 15th: Karen Williams - Baublicious
January 16th: Cynthia Machata - Antiquity Travelers
January 17th: Me!!
January 18th: Bobbie Rafferty - Beadsong Jewelry
January 19th: Natalia Malysheva - Aqvatali
Sarah Meadows - Saturday Sequins
January 20th: Ibolya Barkoczi -Ibolya-gyöngyei
Mandi Ainsworth - Bead Circle