Beads, Blog Hops and Challenges

Mucha’s Autumn—Art Bead Scene September Challenge

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.

Autumn from  "The Seasons (series)", 1896 Alphonse Mucha  Oil on Panel Colour palette by Brandi Hussey
Autumn from “The Seasons (series)”, 1896
Alphonse Mucha
Oil on Panel
Colour palette by Brandi Hussey

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.

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I also made some earrings with the leftover pair of beads.

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