Posts Tagged ‘goat’

The Horse Jumping Between the Snake and the Goat. Good Neighbors in Time.

May 2, 2020

The beadwork below focuses on the Chinese Year of the Horse. The snake and the goat precede and follow the horse in the Chinese Zodiac. This is the second post on past beading ideas I have been revisiting.

 

The Horse Jumping Between the Snake and the Goat. Number 1. Loom weaving by Mike Smetzer

The Horse Jumping Between the Snake and the Goat. Number 1.

The first version in this series is the most realistic, but trying to present a goat with just a few beads in the background of the scene proved problematic. For this I would need smaller beads or a larger loom.

The Horse Jumping Between the Snake and the Goat. Number 2. Loom weaving by Mike Smetzer.

The Horse Jumping Between the Snake and the Goat. Number 2.

For the second bead weaving I went for a very abstract reference to the goat, which doubled as snow on the mountains. I also replaced the little shrubs with trees and refined the shape of the horse. The goat in this version might seem too abstract. The horse definitely lost presence because of the darkness of three trees right behind it.

The Horse Jumping Between the Snake and the Goat. Number 3. Loom weaving by Mike Smetzer.

The Horse Jumping Between the Snake and the Goat. Number 3.

The third version hits what I think is the right level of abstraction with a goat head, although at the expense of the mountains. The horse works much better distanced from the trees.

The fourth version plays down the goat head by just using its horns and brings back small mountains and trees on the skyline. It abstracts the stream of time by making it run straight to the horizon. The full belly of the snake is also a bit submerged here to avoid having it float above the water like a swan.

The Horse Jumping Between the Snake and the Goat. Number 4. Loom weaving by Mike Smetzer.

The Horse Jumping Between the Snake and the Goat. Number 4.

 

Chinese Year of the Horse 2014 Bead Wall Hangings

January 29, 2014

Only four wall hangings competed so far for this year’s Chinese New Year (January 31), the Year of the Horse. A fifth variation is planned but is awaiting recovery from a minor hand injury at work.

I wove these wall hangings on a wooden bead loom.  I then stitched the top rows together and inserted a wooden  stick.  The hangings are approximately 3½ inches wide.  The beads are Miyuki 8/0 glass seed beads. The most recent hanging is first.

These designs are my own.  Copyright © 2014 by Michael Smetzer.  Thank you for not duplicating them.

Chinese Year of the Horse Wall Hanging 4 - Original Beadwork by Mike Smetzer

Year of the Horse 4

Chinese Year of the Horse Wall Hanging 3 - Original Beadwork by Mike Smetzer

Year of the Horse 3

Chinese Year of the Horse Wall Hanging 2 - Original Beadwork by Mike Smetzer

Year of the Horse 2

Chinese Year of the Horse Wall Hanging 1 - Original Beadwork by Mike Smetzer

Year of the Horse 1

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