Alphonse Mucha has long inspired me as an artist. Mucha captures women in a way that I find very beautiful - graceful, self-aware, strong, independent. The colors, the mix of nature and the feminine = sigh.
As a bead artist, I wanted to be able to use Mucha's work as focal pieces in my jewelry. This prompted me to come up with a way to place images behind glass. It took a few years to manage this without fighting air bubbles or raggedy edges, but finally, success.
This is one of my favorite pieces that I've ever made. Featuring a Mucha focal from his series Seasons, "Summer" accented by lots of pearls and embroidery. Not my usual color palate, of pale blue and cream, but I think it suits the mood of the painting.
I also adore images with the moon. Here, I mixed amazonite stars with blue and green embroidery, swirling around the Mucha image. Love.
And, finally, there's this smoky quartz beauty. She's so contemplative. I wonder what she's thinking.
I have a few more Mucha images that are in my to-bead pile. (You know. That pile that never ends.)
"Zodiac." One of my all-time favorite images, because I think she looks like a Valkyrie. I think this is the illustration that introduced me to Mucha, many years ago. I suspect, when I finally get to making a necklace featuring this image, it'll remain mine. :)
If you'd like more info on Mucha's work and life, check out the Mucha Foundation. Great info on his life and art.