This month’s Art Bead Scene Challenge inspiration picture was the irresistible Autumn by Alphonse Mucha. Mucha’s Art Nouveau illustrations are among my favourites, I love the sinuous flowing lines and nature inspired themes.
This particular painting, one of a series representing the four seasons, is largely in shades of russet, orange and yellow, with little pops of green and dark browns. A very autumnal palette!
I used the colours in the illustration as my inspiration for this bracelet. Last year I took part in a gift exchange and one of the gifts I received was a set of beads by Tennessee-based lampworker Marie Sawyer, which just happen to be in similar swirly patterns of pinky oranges and browns. I paired three of them with some green Czech glass beads and a green maple leaf. The clasp echoes the vine tendrils in the illustration.
I also made some earrings with the leftover pair of beads.