Here in the Oak Park Arts District, we're excited about hosting Oak Park's 6th Annual Sculpture Walk, to be installed in early May. With that in mind, I came across these bead embroidered sculptures by Betsy Youngquist. They are AMAZING.
On her website she says "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."
Betsy continues to explain how “Children with their vast capacity for wonderment weave tales of gossamer, create magic kingdoms, and pass through invisible portals to lands of untold enchantment. . . . Creating art is a means to return to the looking glass and reenter the garden where flowers whisper and birds can talk. As my beaded characters emerge they carry with them tales from the other side of the mirror. I am grateful for the joy and astonishment experienced through this journey.”
These sentiments are clearly displayed in her work. Enjoy viewing a sampling here. Click on any of the links or photos to go directly to her website.