|Primitive folk art quilts of the Siddi people|
The July inspiration for We're All Ears comes to us from the Siddi people of Africa. Our inspiration are their folk art patchwork quilts. They look like visual stories played out in bright colors and special fabrics. The challenge is to interprate this primitive African art and storytelling. I know that paper beads are being made in Africa so I decided to make paper beads as a means of honoring these artists of Africa. I also decided I would also attempt to have them look like quilts.
|Another quilt of the Siddi people|
More recently paper beads have been made in cooperatives as part of development projects in countries in Africa. This practice contributes towards business enterprises that provide sustainable income and development opportunities. The techniques used for African paper beads remains largely the same as used in Victorian times, but with scrap paper from printing companies and paper recycling markets, rather than wallpaper samples.
If you would like to see what others were inspired to make, click HERE
|Digital Papers I Selected for Quilt Like Look|
For my paper beads I downloaded some pink and blue paper that I though looked like quilts. I also used some purple paper that was made up of strips of paper that were laid out on paper like a quilt.
Paper Bead Making Tools And Materials that I used:
- Paper – I downloaded and printed 2 sheets of paper with quilt designs
- Ruler – for measuring. My pink and blue beads are 1 inch in length.
- Rotary Cutter or Scissors – for cutting out. If you are using scissors you should use the longest pair available so as to reduce the number of cuts required along each length.
- Self Healing Cutting Mat – for cutting on.
- Drinking straws– for rolling paper against
- Soft Paint Brush – for applying glue to the paper.
- Glue – for securing rolled beads.
- Soft Paint Brush – A quality brush is preferable at this point as it is less likely to leave bristles on the surface of your beads
- Mod Podge Gloss Luster. – for waterproofing your rolled beads.
- Clear Nail Polish-for a glossy finish
- Florist Block, Polystyrene Block, or Jar – for securing the beads while drying. I just left my beads on their straws and hung them across a glass jar.
|My paper earrings with end caps glued to them|
|Finished Paper Earrings by Bay Moon Design|
I finished my earrings by attaching some sterling ear wires that I made. They are available to purchase in my shop HERE.