Friday, 3 December 2010

Arearea - Joyousness

I finally finished my new bead embroidered bag Arearea – Joyousness. I honestly never thought it would get finished!!! :-) but each and every single stitch and bead was put there with so much love and enthusiasm, because I absolutely LOVE this bag and LOVE how it turned out!!!!

I created this bag for the Bead Art Originals (BAO) Team’s December challenge. The challenge was to create a piece inspired by one of our favourite famous works of art; a famous painting, sculpture, photograph, etc...

The painting I chose is Paul Gauguin’s Arearea – Joyousness (1892)

gauguin copy

This is one of my all-time favourite paintings and I have a postcard of it (that I purchase in some museum about 15-18 years ago) pinned to my note board next to my computer.

I love this painting for so many reasons, the composition, the exotic feel to it and the colours. Both the exoticism and the colours are what inspired me to create this bag.

Arearea - OOAK Bead Embroidered Bag 01 copy

The bag is made entirely by hand (hand stitched) in chocolate brown genuine suede, and is lined in bright purple Ultrasuede, beadembroidered around three gorgeous MAKUstudio One-of-a-Kind ceramic cabochons (1 heart and 2 discs), beautiful Swarovski crystals in Montana Sapphire, burn orange and Golden Shadow, Swarovski Crystal Copper elongated bicones and loads of multicoloured fresh-water pearls all beadembroidered with Japanese seed beads in light bronze, dark copper, Swarovski Montana Sapphire crystals and Czech copper bugles.

Arearea - OOAK Bead Embroidered Bag 04 copy

The strap is a gorgeous and sturdy beadwoven spiral rope encrusted with the Swarovski Montana Sapphire crystals and the multicoloured fresh-water pearls.

Arearea - OOAK Bead Embroidered Bag 05 copy

I have fallen heads over heel in love with this bag!!!! I must make a similar one for myself, as soon as I can find the time!!! :-)

Let me know what you think & wishing all who celebrate it a very happy Hanukkah!!!

Please visit the BAO team blog, between the 16th and 20th of December and vote for your favourite entry by leaving a comment on the blog post.


  1. THAT. Is a fabulous bag. But you already knew that.

  2. Triz, this really is a beauty. I like that you left some of the base leather exposed for textural contrast, and I love, love, LOVE the purple lining!!

    Great job, and I hope it flies out of your shop. :)


  3. You've outdone yourself with this one Triz! Beautifully done. I bought a bag kit just last month and it seems so daunting to begin have inspired me to get it back out again.

  4. You bags are luscious Triz. I love them. Hey I just wanted you to know that I have a new color of Nicole's BeadBacking. It is Mocha Cream. I have had so many requests for it.
    Have a great weekend Triz.

  5. THAT IS GORGEOUS! even without the bead work I'm drooling that you made that bag! And the colors are so what I love. Hope you do well with the voting. I'm going over there to check it out

  6. I am speechless. Such a fine work of art. I love the purple lining too!

  7. Recently you started really rocking with beaded bags, they are amazing!

  8. Unbelievably beautiful, Triz! I think you have really oudone yourself this time ;-) I love Gauguin's paintings, you have really done justice to his amazing work of art!


  9. I think you have found something here. Your bags are gorgeous!