Friday, October 3, 2008


This is my Dreamweaver. I purchased the face about 12 years ago and had this basic idea for using him. Originally I was going to use red beads in a rectangular frame, but that changed. I like the round frame and the black beads work better. The frame measures 16" in circumference and it is all bead embroidered. It took me over 300 hours to do and don't even ask me how many beads I used.

The piece is about color, texture and movement. Even though the beads cover most of the surface, you can still see some color underneath. That represents those strange dreams just under the surface. The mirror is the Void, the place we don't want to see and from which things come forth into our nightmares. The doll's hand is there because I like it and it creeps out some people. hehehe

I have put in some fun things in the background to try to find. A squirrel, a flower, a snake and a zen garden. I want to add more embellishment to the beads around the face, but that is a future project....and you know how that always goes. ;)


Robin said...

Dramatic piece Z'Anne! I love the way the black beads are different sizes and add such subtle texture to the work. I also like your description of all the elements.

Z'anne said...

Thank you, Robin. I had a lot of time to think about what I wanted for this piece. Of course, some of those ideas were changed when I finally got beads to backing. They do seem to have a mind all their own! ;)

KV said...

This is a marvelous piece! Love the textures and all those black beads . . .

Kathy V in NM

Z'anne said...

Thank you, Kathy! After working so long with all those black beads, you'd think I would be tired of them. But, I do like the way they can highlight the other beads in a particular project.

What can I say? Basic black works with everything. LOL