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
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
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
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.