Art Bead Palette :: Carolyn Saxby Textiles

Alternate Mauve Halloween

Green Sunflower Leaves

Peeling Boat Paint

Pretty in Pink

Purple Plum

When Heather first approached me a year ago to create color palettes from art beads, I was super excited to have an excuse to window shop. There are so many fabulous bead artists that I’m never at a loss of source material, which makes these monthly posts incredibly fun to do.

So imagine my delight when I came across Carolyn Saxby Textiles. Carolyn’s a mixed-media textile artist, and tucked away in her shop are beautifully textured, sculptural beads that she shapes from Tyvek. Talk about true little pieces of art! They look like little bits of fabric and lace, and remind me of an elaborate gown or costume.

Carolyn sticks to monochromatic or analogous palettes for her beads, which I like; it allows the lovely textures to stand out more, don’t you think? Which colorway is your favorite?

To see more from Carolyn, visit her shop, or stop by her blog and Facebook page.

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11 Comment

  1. Julie
    October 17, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Incredible! And wonderful color inspiration!

  2. Anneke
    October 17, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    These are absolutely fabulous!

  3. LeeLu Creations
    October 17, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Gorgeous! I actually bought a book a few weeks ago about making beads from fabric. I shouls get to work!

  4. A Half-Baked Notion
    October 17, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    These are all amazing colour palettes, Brandi. I have to confess my faves are "Green Sunflower Leaves" and "Peeling Boat Paint". I wanted to check out Carolyn's lovely beads on Etsy, but not surprisingly they have already sold!

  5. Rebecca
    October 17, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    Carolyn makes the most gorgeous beads! I own quite a few. I agree that analogous schemes work best – there is so much going on texturally, they don't need busy colour schemes as well.

  6. Pat Gray
    October 18, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    I love these color combinations – I can usually get two colors right, but panic if I try to add one or two more. Thanks!

  7. TesoriTrovati
    October 18, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Holy moly those are gorgeous! Thank you for showing us new art bead artists to love! Enjoy the day. Erin

  8. Beaditi
    October 18, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    WOW! Carolyn, so nice to see your beads here – and such gorgeous colors !!

    October 18, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Thank you so much for the feature on my beads. The colour palette thingies are a great idea … I would love to know how you've created those from my beads :o)

    I will have new beads in my etsy shop this coming weekend for anyone who may be interested. Many thanks for looking



  10. Lynn Holland
    October 19, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    congratulations to Carolyn on this fabulous feature of her beads. She is one talented lady.
    Lynn Holland (big fan)

  11. Heather
    October 20, 2012 at 4:05 am

    Oh my, I am going to dig through my pile of fabric now!

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