Fence with glass Beads
A structural fence is either a beautiful work of art or a utilitarian construction used to keep something out. My fence was built to protect my garden. Over the years we have planted vines or used the fence for climbing roses or hops, but during the winter months the garden is pretty bare and the fence becomes prominent again. Enter the beads. I’ve been making glass beads since 1994, and I’ve always used bead making as meditation. It’s a very calming repetitive process. I thought the sparkle of glass with the contrast to the wood and metal fencing would enhance the visual experience while waiting for my mainly perennial garden to come to life. Glass beads often look like rain drops, or maybe rain drops often look like glass beads. They hang suspended from almost anything they can attach to—plants, spider webs, metal fencing. When the sun hits them at different times during the day they sparkle like raindrops suspended from the wires.
Margaret is a founding member of BARN and belongs to several studios. She considers herself to be a component artist who enjoys using mixed media, usually consisting of fiber, glass, metal and clay. She currently has pieces at BIMA in the Fiber 2020 show that is scheduled to reopen in July. She is one of the amazing volunteer gardeners at BARN, (The Dirt Devils) that meet on Friday mornings.