Monday, November 25, 2013

{Rolling Blog Hop Challenge} Karin of Backstory Beads

A short while back, I asked some creative and inspiring women if they would like to participate in a loose kind of blog hop.  Instead of everyone posting on the same day, we will post as we get our projects done, with an end of November deadline.  I send them each a package containing vintage wooden spools like you see on the upper left of the blog (badge compliments of Hope's wonderful photography and Janet's tweaking...thanks ladies~it looks great!).  I found them while antiquing in NJ.

The Tenth Roller posted her Vintage Wooden Spool creation today~Karin of Backstory Beads.  When I found the spools and debated asking the ladies if they wanted to participate, one spool in particular grabbed my attention and I kept wondering what Karin might do with it.  Now I know :-D

                                                    (photo from Backstory Beads Blog)

I don't even know what to say about this necklace.  I really don't.  It seems like any words would be trivial when held up to this elegant and creative work of wearable art.  This is Made From Spools!!!  And those dangles are vintage sewing needles!  You really need to go over to Backstory Beads right away and read Karin's post to see how this came to be.

I do not know much about Karin, other than she makes jewelry pieces that are works of art.  Her pieces are unique and wearable.  She has a style and class all her own and her jewelry is instantly recognizable as being Backstory pieces.  She blends ethnic and elegance.  The structure of her jewelry is so solid, and the foundation is well thought out.  And her ropes cannot be beat!  The vision in my head is of Karin listening to the TV, weaving rope after rope.  Ropes are either a big love or a big avoidance for most of us.  Luckily, they seem to be a big love for Karin.  When she has a new blog post, it is always worth the time to go and read and look.  To possess her mind and her eye for jewelry would be such a gift.

I would be remiss if I did not start showing you some of Karin's work with this necklace:

Winner in the Bead Soup Blog Party in the Best Use of Seed Beads Catagory

Karin learned to weave four years prior to earning this honor.  So much time and lots of thought must have gone into this beauty.  The ropes are kumihimo.  The fringe and that bail!  Oh My Oh My Oh My!

(photo from Backstory Beads Blog)

 February Art Bead Scene Challenge

Click on the link to see the painting that inspired this piece.  Clearly, this was a challenge that spoke to Karin.  The balance of the shapes and material (sea glass, bronze charm, wire, metal chain, seed beads) is perfect.  Oh to wear this piece...even if only once!

(photo from Backstory Beads Blog)

Acrobats, Harlequin, Picasso

This was another Art Bead Scene Challenge piece that inspired Karin.  That harlequin design is gorgeous!    Both the base of the bracelet and the embellishments share center stage in this piece.  It must feel so nice around the wrist of the owner of this piece.  Karin sent it in to 7000 Bracelets for Hope.

(photo from Backstory Beads Blog)

Tribal Beauty

Ammonite and Dinosaur Bone Jasper were used as the focals in this pendant Karin made for Sally's Cab Hop.
I am not sure what else to say except Holy Freakin' Wow!

(photo from Backstory Beads Blog)

Words Whispering in Your Ear

Erin's Travel of Challenge Blog Hop inspired Karin to make these colorful, funky, completely cool earrings.  The words of some southern writers are in these earrings.  The author's own words are always better than paraphrasing by a second party so please go over to the link and read about the way in which these earrings came to life.

(photo from Backstory Beads Blog)

I looked at every photo on Karin's blog.  Narrowing it down to 5 was a difficult, to say the least.  Really do treat yourself with a cruise through Backstory Beads.  I am not sure I have seen anyone channel the Art Bead Scene challenges as well as Karin.  What talent, grace, and a flair for beauty she possesses.  We are so fortunate she shares these photos with us!

Thank you Karin, for your time and commitment to this hop, and for all your kind words on my blog and in e-mails.  I am honored to share in this blogging adventure with you!


AntiquityTravelers said...

Words fail .... this is just simply amazing! I was struggling to tell where the spools were? until I went over to Karin's blog. Gotta agree with you here .... Holy Freakin' Wow! This piece is stunning. What a work of art, start to finish ... painted spools, sawed spools, bead work, bezels, ropes .... it's got it all. WOW this is seriously cool

LisaS said...

Absolutely love what she did with your spools! Gorgeous work.


Karin Slaton said...

Thank you, Christine, for your kind, kind words! My husband is an artist and my son is an artist, and I was always the one with the words. So to see my work and the word art in the same sentence is a thrill beyond measure!!

You really started the creativity rolling with your spools! Each reveal has been both surprising and exciting! I love how everyone has used different materials and brought different perspectives to their designs. It's been so much fun...and there are three more to come!

Miss Val's Creations said...

A big wow here! How creative of Karin to actually cut the spools! The result is wonderful. It must be so fun for her to bounce ideas off her husband. All the other pieces are amazing too!

Maryanne said...

What an absolutely fabulous necklace! Karin's jewelry is gorgeous!

Therese's Treasures said...

I have been a big admirer of Karin's work for as long as I have been on the blogs. She does gorgeous wearable art work with beads. I always look forward to seeing what she creates in challenges, because I know it is going to be awesome.

Patti Vanderbloemen said...

Whoa baby...this is so cool! I read her post before commenting on yours and my jaw is still stuck in its open position! Absolutley, hands down amazing! Your last picture...the earrings... Are so freaaking cool!!!! I am loving this Rolling Blog Hop!!!

Unknown said...

Wow! Amazing. All of the necklaces = amazing. But those earrings! Oh, yes. Love 'em.

Liz said...

I remember when I came across Karin's necklace from Bead Soup. Lots of necklaces in that hop but hers was one of the memorable ones. She definitely deserved the seed bead award! What a very talented lady, I'm going to have to take a good look at all her old blog posts very soon.

Bobbie said...

It took me a while to wipe the drool off my keyboard so that I could actually type without electrocuting myself...this is absolutely spectacular. I've had the pleasure of meeting Karin, and she is every bit as warm, elegant, and wonderful as you would expect. Thank goodness she channels it into all that delicious eye candy for us to enjoy!