Home and shelter on a very different scale were definitely in mind as I created this bead embroidery, "Shelter," which just yesterday won Best of Show at the 27th Annual Artful Women exhibition and sale at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison. I've participated in the show for years, and I always enjoy seeing artwork by Wisconsin women artists in all media. I was truly honored by the continued recognition of my work by this exhibition. "On the Path" won Best of Show in 2011, and I have been honored by three years of Honorable Mentions since 2005 as well.
The sale is a fundraiser for the hospital and the Wisconsin Women's Network, which is an education and advocacy organization for women of all ages. They have a particular focus on public policy issues, which is of special interest to me since my career was in public policy before diving back into art making and then into teaching.
After posting recent blogs about all of my natural dye experimentation over the past six months, it was fun to look at "Shelter" and have the first thing that came to mind be indigo dye and how much I love that type of blue. Clearly I love it enough to have created several bead embroideries using the size 8 matte-finish indigo blue seed beads seen below. Who said that consistency is the hob-goblin of little minds? :)
The exhibition will be up for a few more weeks. Both "Shelter" (below) and "Fruition" (below that) are featured in the glass cases right as you enter the exhibition space.
"Fruition," which is part of the same series of bead embroideries featuring "Earth"-like shank buttons, is also featured in the exhibition: