Huib Petersen: Flowers, Ocean Life and Right-Angle Weave

Huib Petersen
Showing at Baubles & Beads
Thru September 30th

For many years Huib Petersen’s jewelry enchanted those of us lucky enough to connect with him. With a studio in San Francisco, he was one of our local treasures. After nearly two decades he remains a local treasure, the greatest difference being that we must now share him with the world. Recognized internationally for his designs and instruction, Huib is now one of the most sought after designers for bead woven jewelry depicting flowers, ocean life, and right-angle weave structured forms. We are honored to showcase 18 pieces from his collection, including bracelets, necklaces and handlets, each piece worthy of awe.

Wall Flowers

Wall Flowers Necklace

Needlecrafts first caught Huib’s attention when he was a child growing up in a small town in Holland. Encouraged by his mom, grandma, and the local needlecraft store owner, he picked up crochet, knitting, tatting, macramé, bobbin lace, needle lace, and embroidery with ease.

Going Medieval

Going Medieval

In high school, Huib discovered the theater and loved every aspect of it. He strengthened his existing skills and learned new ones — acting, directing, puppetry, costume design, stage design, backdrop painting, singing, and writing.

In 1995, Huib moved from Holland to San Francisco and opened a small arts and crafts workshop and gallery on Nob Hill. Inspired by a chance encounter with 19th-century Russian beadwork, he discovered the beauty and challenges of designing with beads.

Swim Around My Wrist Bracelets

Swim Around My Wrist Bracelets

Huib uses different sizes of beads as a building material — like little bricks — and a variety of traditional stitches as a flexible, tensile sort of mortar. Placing beads one by one, row by row on top of each other, he combines his needlework, theater, and jewelry skills to create sculpted bugs, butterflies, birds, and sea creatures in their environments. The result is a unique kind of wearable art that offers the intricacy of embroidery and lace, the depth of a theater set and the durability and brilliance of glass.

Enchanted Waters

Enchanted Waters

Huib has been doing beadwork full-time for many years and all of his pieces are unique. His work is featured in Beading Across America. As an instructor, his endless creative energy is very apparent in the classroom and to all of us who know and work with him.

You can view more of Huib’s work on exhibit at our store in Berkeley, CA or visit his website.

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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