Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Bead Soup in Full Swing

Yesterday I sent off a package of beads and goodies to my Bead Soup Buddy, Heather Pyle. I mentioned that she is a polymer clay artist and an art quilter too. What I did not say or show is what she is sending me. She calls them Alamo Stone Beads because they were inspired by the sculptures on the Alamo. The Alamo was actually one of several Spanish Mission Chapels in and around San Antonio.

Now, what Heather (and probably you) did not know is that I am a descendant of Texas Revolutionaries for Texas Independence who fought to capture San Antonio before the big battle (The Battle of Bexar).

~~My husband would say my people 'fought with everyone', as one of those ancestors also fought in the Revolutionary War as well. ~~

So the Alamo is very special to me and to my mother's family. "Remember the Alamo!"

Another thing that is VERY special to me is limestone carvings like you find at the Alamo. I fell in love with limestone carvings from medieval cathedrals like this one from Lincoln England. Yes, it is in terrible shape, but you would be too if you were created in 1150 or so. Limestone is relatively easy to carve because it is sort of soft. It is also best suited for interiors because if water gets between the layers, it begins to flake off over time.

What I love about Heather's pieces is that they have that sort of worn and abused, flaked-off medieval look to them. I cannot wait to see these beads in person!


moonlitfantaseas said...

wow......lucky you, those are some really great beads.....and its so cool that they have a special and personal meaning for you as well

TesoriTrovati said...

I love the architectural flair of these beads. It will be fun to see what your soup turns out like. I can tell it will be warm and yummy!
Enjoy the day!

Nicki said...

Wow these are really special. I am curious to see what you will make.

Pretty Things said...

Awesome things!

Kate said...

That is great Amanda, you really got something that is so great and personal to you! I can't wait to see mine.............