May 2, 2013

The Chinese Opera Series

My mind wanders as I work at my table.  While collaging images of Chinese opera actors onto wood beads, I remembered the operas I attended as a child.  My now-90 year old aunt used to take her mother, my grandmother, to the theatre.  Grandma and Auntie wanted me to go too because they knew I would like the costumes.  Grandma was tiny, about 4'8", and her feet had been bound when she was young.  At the time, I was little enough to sit on Grandma's lap.  You know how little kids wiggle and can't sit still and ask lots of questions, right?  My poor Grandma!  I remember fluid sleeves, screechy high voiced singing, clanging cymbals, peanut shells on the theatre floor, and the way the long pheasant feathers in headdresses moved fluidly when actors snapped their heads.  Love of fabric and embellishments was instilled at an early age.

This series of bookstrings was a joy to make.  The more I explore this medium, the more fun I have. Descriptions of each bead read from left to right, and top to bottom.  If you are interested in one or more, please write to me (see sidebar) with your phone number and I will call you.  Identify the bookstring you want by the Shakespearean quote on the back of the bamboo beads.  Bookstrings are $22 each; Priority mail is $5.80.

Reminder:  I'm offering "four plus one" on lavender pillows through the end of May.

SOLD Brass, Czech brown/green glass, olive wood, Czech brown/green glass, vintage Peking glass pink teardrop with kingfisher feathers on metal sleeve; Brass, ceramic, wood, glass, brass and collaged bamboo "Is the day so young?"  

SOLD Northern African glass, reproduction Chinese coin, Czech brown/blue glass, Czech brown/blue glass, and collaged bamboo "I take the at thy word"; Brass, olive wood, brass, green chevron, brass, and vintage Peking glass green teardrop with kingfisher feathers on metal sleeve

SOLD Wood, pressed glass, green chevron, brass, and green cocoa agate slab;
Orange glass, brass, olive wood, and collaged bamboo "Did my heart love till now?"

SOLD Wood, reproduction Chinese coin, olive wood, glass,  black painted wood, wood,  and collaged bamboo "When you are old and grey and full of sleep, And nodding by the fire, take down this book," by William Butler Yeats; Czech stripe glass, glass olive wood,  lampwork pink glass by Linda Rae Anderson, and vintage Peking pink glass teardrop with kingfisher feathers on metal sleeve

SOLD Green chevron, green Czech glass stripe, and vintage Peking glass green teardrop with kingfisher feathers on metal sleeve; Black wood, Czech glass stripe, brass, yellow glass, and collaged bamboo "as boundless as the sea"

SOLD This is my favorite of the group:  Wood, faux red cinnabar, Czech stripe glass, ceramic green/gold/white swirly disc, Czech stripe glass, and brass; Pressed yellow glass, Czech brown stripe glass, olive wood, and green cocoa agate slab. 

Wood, reproduction Chinese coin, brass, Czech brown stripe glass, purple lampwork glass by Linda Rae Anderson, and vintage Peking glass pink teardrop with kingfisher feathers on metal sleeve; Brass, wood, glass, Czech blue stripe glass, handmade purple glass by Linda Rae Teagarden, and collaged bamboo "Thou talk'st of nothing"

SOLD Brass, wood, green chevron, wood, and vintage Peking green glass teardrop with kingfisher feathers on metal sleeve; Glass, olive wood, brass, black wood, brass, smiling Buddha, and metal feathers

SOLD Northern African glass, faux red cinnabar, and collaged bamboo "Thus with a kiss I die"; Czech green stripe glass, reproduction Chinese coin, Czech green stripe glass, green glass, olive wood, and vintage Peking green glass with kingfisher feathers on metal sleeve

SOLD Brass, black wood, olive wood, blue glass, wood, and collaged bamboo "I dreamt a dream tonight"; Pressed yellow glass, olive wood, brass, and vintage Peking green glass with kingfisher feathers on sleeve

Pressed glass, black wood, olive wood, and vintage Peking green glass teardrop; Wood, glass, brass, ceramic wood, and collaged bamboo "You kiss by the book"

SOLD Czech green stripe glass, faux cinnabar, wood, and collaged bamboo "Parting is such sweet sorrow"; Glass, olive wood, blue glass, and green cocoa agate slab

SOLD Bone, glass, reproduction Chinese coin, Czech green stripe glass, presssed glass, and  vintage Peking green glass teardrop; Wood, olive wood, brass, and bamboo collaged "With a tender kiss"

SOLD Blue glass hat, face, brass, faux cinnabar, and Czech blue stripe glass; Northern Africa glass, black wood, black lampwork glass by Linda Rae Anderson, and vintage Peking green glass teardrop 

Wood, olive wood, brass, blue lampwork glass by Linda Rae Anderson, and collaged bamboo "O, it is my love!"; Brass, olive wood, brass, blue glass, wood, and vintage Peking green glass teardrop  


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