This is Soul Song, a mixed media art show entry for Mary Ellen Beads.

Art Show Entries Reflect Beading Heart

“You can only create a body of work by completing your creative projects.” – Eric Maisel

I celebrate completion this week with three art show entries. The Fiber Arts Fiesta, which occurs once every two years, opens Thursday May 21, 2015 at Expo New Mexico.

2015 Albuquerque Fiber Arts Fiesta Details:

May 21-23, 2015
Showcasing 17 fiber arts guilds
Manuel Lujan Complex, Expo New Mexico

My participation is as a member of the New Mexico Bead Society, one of 17 guilds involved in the show. These entries represent for me a growing body of non-jewelry beadwork.

“Soul Song” continues my foray into mixed media. This wall hanging is entered in the beaded, non-jewelry category.

This is Soul Song, a mixed media art show entry for Mary Ellen Beads.

©2015, Mary Ellen Merrigan, “Soul Song”

Another entry entitled “My Asian Dragonfly” is also a wall hanging.

This is one of three art show entries, my asian dragonfly, for Mary Ellen Beads.

©2015, Mary Ellen Merrigan, “My Asian Dragonfly”

In this submission, I practiced the ancient Japanese embroidery technique of Sashiko. In addition, I beaded a three dimensional dragonfly to enhance the piece.

My third entry is my bead embroidery name tag which won first place in the bead society competition earlier this year.

This name tag jewelry is the third of art show entries for Mary Ellen Beads.

©2015 Mary Ellen Merrigan Name Tag Jewelry

There’s a sense of vulnerability as I write this. My new work feels somehow expanded, stronger, and reflective of the creative path I embarked on several years ago. Yet, it’s disconcerting to put it up for display.

Art show entries are a traditional route of exposure. This is a juried show. It is a small show in the world of specialty shows, yet it is important. This show honors handcrafted arts in a unique way.

The Fieber Arts Fiesta is an art show which is presented only once every two years. I hope you will form an opinion for yourself by attending the show.

This is a collage of art show entries for the 17th Fiber Arts Show from Mary Ellen Beads.

©2015, Mary Ellen Merrigan, “Collage” Art Show Entries

My Fiber Art Show entries reflect my beading heart. What do you think of my current body of work?