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IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER
My entry for The Battle of the Beadsmith 2012
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In The Eye Of The Beholder : Manek-Manek Beads - Jewelry | Kits | Beads | Patterns
In The Eye Of The Beholder : Manek-Manek Beads - Jewelry | Kits | Beads | Patterns
In The Eye Of The Beholder : Manek-Manek Beads - Jewelry | Kits | Beads | Patterns
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Photography : Eric Lim | Make-up : Dalvinder Kaur

 
2012

Beautiful? Eerie? Scary? Surreal?
In The Eye of the Beholder is exactly that. Everyone will have a different take on it.

For me ...
In The Eye Of The Beholder is the piece that features all my current favorite materials; a piece that is dramatic yet surreal; the piece I had always wanted to make but never found a reason to until now ...

I was honored recently with an invitation to participate in The Battle Of The Beadsmith. We were tasked with creating a piece of jewelry to do combat in the Battle Royale along with 80 other artistes from 22 countries. A very scary and daunting venture considering that many of the artistes I am now doing battle with are the same ones I have admired for many years.

In creating this piece I wanted the eye to be central in the design. I wanted the piece to immediately stop one in his/her tracks. Take a second look. Then a third, then a fourth, .... After all you don't often have an eye looking at you from someone's chest.

Real beetle wings fan out below the eye almost like a peacock showing off its glorious tail. You must admit that the colors of these wonderful beetle is really quite peacock like. Shimmery, flowing, luminescent, luxurious, rich - adjectives that come to mind easily when describing these gorgeous creations of Gaia.
Glittering Swarovski Tabac crystals provide the perfect counterfoil to the colors of the wings.

To continue with the "unreality" of the ensemble, the necklace that the eye hangs from is made with baby Czech spikes and embellished with daggers. The colors of these beautiful beads are as close as Man can approximate to Gaia's undoubted masterpiece with the wings.

You have an eye looking out for you from the front. It is only apropos that you have another looking out for you from behind. Hence a second eye guards your back hiding a seamless double toggle that fastens the entire necklace.

I have to admit that In The Eye of the Beholder was not the first piece I created for this Battle Royale. I had already completed my first piece (that's a story for another day) when I decided to embark on this other journey. Of course, after I had completed it, then the agonising decision process started. I loved both but which to enter. Both are almost polar opposites of each other. After much soul searching and many hours of driving everyone in my family insane, the decision was taken.

To move on to the next round or not? I'm not too bothered. The fact that I made this piece. The fact that I actually participated in this Battle Royale. The fact that my work is seen by many is enough for me. I have already won. Just like every single one of my fellow combatants.

I would like to thank Perry Bookstein of York Beads for planting a seed of inspiration in my imagination when he drew my attention to how the color of these daggers looked very much like the beetle wings I had been using.

To view all the masterpieces created for this event, click on the graphic below.


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