The Work of Eleanor Pigman

Eleanor Pigman
Showing at Baubles & Beads
June 21st-August 8th, 2013

It is amazing how small our big world has become. I first became familiar with Eleanor when she posted a picture of her work on the Baubles & Beads Facebook page. It was a little bead embroidered jellyfish with fabric tentacles and a body made of freshwater pearl and glass beads. Just looking at the picture of that jellyfish transported me to an imagined cottage by the sea with the sound of waves crashing over the beach and this perfect little beaded jellyfish framed on the wall.  I felt drawn to her work and shared the photo. A couple of messages later I was scrolling through her blog and discovered she had much more to share and we promptly invited her to exhibit her work at Baubles & Beads.

When the artwork arrived I opened the box immediately, excited to finally see her work up close. The moment was reminiscent of a Christmas morning when, finally, I get to see what is inside those wrapped boxes.  To my delight and amusement the first piece to slide from the packaging was a portrait of Al Gore.

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Her work is composed of glass seed beads (mostly size 11/0’s) sewn onto felt with fabric backgrounds. As an avid beader I am looking at the work with a different perspective than most people. I visually scan the piece for each individual stitch and find it comforting to spot a stray thread as if it serves as proof that this work was indeed made hand.

A work in progress. Notice the light sketching of lines on the felt.

A work in progress. Notice the light sketching of lines on the felt.

Especially interesting in the collection are the pieces with raised textures. Some of the shapes are sewn into padded material giving the work dimension. Eleanor also encircles choice beads and colorful fabric swatches with peyote stitch to create a coral effect. This effect makes one want to investigate the piece further, to peer into the little window to see what could be lurking inside.

Both of these works feature raised textures.

Both of these works feature raised textures.

To add yet another dimension to her work, some of the beaded pieces extend beyond the mat board as if to reach out and become a part of our dimension.

Two great example of the artwork "escaping" from the confines of the mat board.

Two great example of the artwork “escaping” from the confines of the mat board.

Eleanor also effectively uses color and lines to create visual dimension in her work.

Eleanor also effectively uses color and lines to create visual dimension in her work.

Many of the pieces are mounted into 5x7 mats.

Many of the pieces are mounted into 5×7 mats.

Be sure to stop by the store and check out the exhibit.

Learn more about Eleanor Pigman and her work by viewing her artist statement and bio.

All of Eleanor Pigman’s work exhibited at Baubles & Beads is available for purchase. If you are unable to view the work in person check out her Etsy Store: Epigman.

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