The Bead swap and hop is here once again and my partner is Kelly Hosford Patterson of Pyxeestyx- The travelling Sideshow. You might remember her as the winner of my BNB challenge on Kolam where she made an exquisite hand piece with a peacock focal.
As a fellow mixed media artist specializing in artisan jewelry, I was immediately drawn to Kelly’s designs when I first spotted her work on the Bead Peeps facebook group. She creates one-of-a-kind pieces, often putting together varied supplies almost in a collage style showcasing a bohemian free-spirited vibe. She loves working with fibre, paper, beads and her go-to metal for jewelry seems to be copper. She also creates Eco-Couture – tops, skirts, collars, corsets with nuno felting and patchwork.
Her one of kind designs can be browsed and bought at her Etsy store. She also does travelling shows and one can find updates and snippets about her latest adventures at her facebook page PyxeeStyx ~ Traveling Side Show. Here is a small sample of her eclectic work.
In our early discussion Kelly had said that she would like to experiment with sari fabrics so the Green set mostly comprised of Saree ribbons (fabrics – silk, spun silk, cotton ikat, and poly brocade) that I cut wide so that she could make multiple ribbons out of them. I sent 3 focals – one Chandran – half moon in kemp (temple jewelry) style and I made the second piece by wiring a green flower finding to a handmade copper amoeba base. I had forgotten all about the artisan component until the last moment and when I got my parcel from Capriliciousjewellery there was this hemispherical dome of polymer clay that would be perfect and I added it. The elephant clasp is green on one side and blue on the other to match with either of the sets. I had wanted to add more charms and bits and ends as a surprise but in my usual fashion had left them while packing 🙁
Kelly sent me gorgeously packed boxes of beads (seriously the paper is GORGEOUS!) last week along with goodies like bitter chocolate, mixed tape (cds) and incense sticks. It was funny that the incense sticks are made about 2 hours from where I live, so technically I should have sent them to her 😉
Here is what Kelly sent me – lots of beads! Some sea glass, some ceramic, some glass – both plain and patterned and some buttons There is a domed copper focal and a copper wire clasp along with sea themed items like starfish, sea horse, a couple of sea urchins and lots of sea shells in the stash. To see what I what out of this interesting bounty of beads, and paper tune in on May 15th which is out reveal date.
I hope you found it interesting