Flower Eye Necklaces-Betsy Youngquist
Everyone will know you have an eye for style when they see you flaunting one of these unique necklaces! A fantastic combination of bright jewel tones and mythical fantasy, there is no better way to complete an artistic ensemble. Pendant: Approximately 1.75" (diameter)x0.5" (depth); Chain: 18"
I have always been fascinated with the intersection of humans, animals and mythology. My creative pursuits are centered on exploring those connections. Beads form the backbone of the materials I use. The colorful, textured three-dimensional nature of beadwork allows me to explore the world of detail. There is also the history of beads as a ceremonial art material that entices me. Eyes are my narrative center. When I start a piece I start with the eyes. In needing to meet a creature through the eyes I begin to understand what each character wants to become. The juxtaposition of beads with unorthodox materials had led me into the world of mosaics. I am drawn to the visual effect of beads embedded in dirt. There is something mysterious and primal about a dirt covered object. When creating these embellished objects, I collaborate with sculptor R. Scott Long in designing and constructing the forms. Each piece starts as a unique carving. The surfaces are encrusted with beads and found materials, often incorporating fragments of old porcelain dolls.