Sunday, 14 October 2012

Brit Pack Beaders - Challenge Two

So here we are again.....the inspiration & component reveal of the second Brit Pack Beaders blog hop challenge. The inspiration is a fantastic image chosen by Rebecca Anderson, The Red Rose and the White Rose by Margaret MacDonald Mackintosh.

I only came across this beautiful gesso a few months ago during a very cultural weekend (rather unlike me) where I watched 3 BBC 2 documentaries one of which just happened to be about Margaret MacDonald Mackintosh and the Glasgow Four. I have always quite liked the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh but I have never really felt the love! However when I first saw Margaret's work I felt as though a missing piece had been found to the style and instantly became a fan, The Red rose and the White Rose a gesso, painted and set with glass beads and shell on hessian was my missing link- Beads and fabric what more can I say! Rebecca's emailed her choice a few weeks ago and on receipt I think I gave a little squeal and a round of applause! So without further ado here it is.

(c) The Hunterian, University of Glasgow 2012.

...and here are the beautiful focals, beads, stringing materials components and clasp sent by the other BPB's

....and here in case you didn't know are the BPB's (the participants) and where to find them...

Rebecca Anderson  Songbeads blog
Claire Braunbarth (me) Smitten Beads blog
Teresa (Bo) Hulley Bo Hulley Beads facebook page

The design reveal date is now set for October 31st so hope to see you then!


  1. Hi Claire,
    I love the inspiration painting and all the beautiful goodies you all have to create with. I will be back later this month to see what you all have created.

    1. Thanks Therese, Wish me luck this one is not going to be easy! See you then.

  2. This all looks very interesting and I can't wait to see the end results, I especially love the clasp with the wire wrapping.

  3. Gorgeous beads that you selected for us Claire! I can't wait to get designing with them :-)

    1. Right back atchya, Stunning clasp, just hope I can do it justice!

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  5. Lovely painting/piece chosen by Rebecca. And the materials put together by the group looks so inspiring. Beautiful. Can wait to see what you all create. :-)