Lisa St Martin is principly known for her large, dramatic dichro focals. In fact, I took a class from her many years ago in which she taught her techniques, which I used in making my own dichro focals series.
Perhaps for that reason I selected her newer work. Both beads being showcased are made with handheld (i.e. stamping) brass textural tools. I admired them last time I saw her stuff, so this time I finally got a couple for my collection.
34x58x15mm, sodalime glass, including silver bearing. Lisa St Martin 2014/15 (approximately). 1/60sec, f2.
This bead is decorated with a brass stamp mounted on a handle, which I think helps to showcase the variation in the blues. But another appealing—and fairly subtle—aspect of the bead is its transparency, which this second photo showcases:
f2, 1/125sec, photoflood lighting. E620, zuiko macro 50mm prime. Click on the image to see it full size.
I did two things to emphasize the transparent body of the bead in the second photograph:
- I changed from a black to light grey background
- I propped the bead 90 instead 45 degrees from the background, allow for more backlighting.
As you can see it shows quite a different aspect of the bead, and also showcases something not immediately obvious in Lisa's work, which is that this focal would work well either in a necklace against dark fabric or as a suncatcher in a window.
And in fact, I wanted this gold and pink bead because I thought it would look great in my current bead curtain. It's kind of like hanging xmas cards from all your friends, except you get to enjoy them all year round.
She's actually now exploring acid etching and sandblasting, but I had already formed an attachment to these...‘newer’ to me can sometimes mean, within the last decade.
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