Saturday, August 22, 2015

Featured artist: Eleanor Pigman

Welcome to another Saturday at Saturday Sequins!

I've been a fan of Eleanor's work for several years, and she has been a participant in both rounds of Sequintastic September-- which she completely rocked, by the way. I'd always wanted to have her as a featured artist, and when she posted a photo of some of her recent pieces on Facebook, I knew that they absolutely belonged in a blog post. Domingo, Rodrigo, and Roberto Flamingo agreed, for the obvious reasons.

Flamingos. A whole flock of beaded flamingos, accompanied by a beaded shark! Here they are with some adorable shrimp.

In the next photo you'll find starfish, manatees, whale tails, shells, and shark teeth! I see some sand dollars, too. Eleanor has a terrific sense of color, and I am in awe of her ability to create realistic-looking images with beads. If I put one of those shells up to my ear, I would fully expect to hear the ocean.

Here are more shrimp. They look like they're going to swim right out of the photo!

And here are more starfish, framed and mounted. A simple, but elegant, way to display such lovely work.

You can find more of Eleanor's work here, and also on her blog. The pieces I have shown you today are just the tip of the iceberg, if you pardon the watery pun. I mean, can you even believe this turtle? I love it.

Thank you for checking out Eleanor's work, and thank you for stopping by. Stay tuned for more!

Sequintastically yours,

Sarah J Sequins 

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Featured Artist: Karen Holshouser

Greetings, beady friends!

Once again, beads and dolls have come together with beautiful results. Today I'd like to introduce you to Karen Holshouser, who makes amazing one of a kind doll clothing.

I met her through one of the many doll groups on Facebook, and her work took my breath away. Not only does she use beads in her designs, but she also has been known to use...

Yes, she uses sequins in her work. Do you hear that high-pitched noise in the background? The one that's making every dog in the neighborhood howl? That would be yours truly, squealing excitedly. Here are a few more of her fantastic pieces.


One of the (many) reason I love Karen's work is that it shows the different looks you can create with beads and sequins as embellishment. They can be sparsely sewn for a subtle, ethereal look, or you can bead entire sections of a garment, for a more dramatic effect. Either way, the result is something that any doll would be thrilled to wear. Mine are already hounding me.

To see more of what Karen does, check out her website, Karen's Glamour Dolls. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Sequintastically yours,

Sarah J Sequins