Beth Yazhari

I make art that celebrates reflection, craftsmanship and time-consuming labor in the pursuit of beauty. I strive to make spiritually uplifting art, to create oases of beauty and wonder in a frenetic society that is increasingly in need of both. Discarded doilies and remnants of embroidered fabrics are a source of inspiration to me; by rescuing them and recycling them into my beaded paintings, I hope to honor and collaborate with the creative spirit of generations of women who have gone before me, whose handiwork has often been ignored because it was not created to be displayed in a gallery. In repurposing lovingly made decorative textiles as formal elements of compositions on canvas, I build on the labor of multiple unknown stitchers, investing many hours of my own painting and hand beading in order to highlight their beautiful creations as I bring my own unique visions into being. My work resonates with Arts and Crafts Movement ideals, such as a preference for the handmade, but I draw on modern technology in order to help me create my globally inspired pieces.  The amazing power of the Internet allows me to track down textiles and beads from diverse cultures, and I love having the ability to find vintage jewelry and to use beads from many countries in creating multicultural works.  I also use my computer to edit and print my own photographs onto sheets of silk and cotton.  These images are then adhered to a canvas with acrylic medium, and they become design elements in the symmetrical and harmonious structures of my pieces. These orderly compositions are lent movement, passion, and energy by richly painted backgrounds created by multiple layers of color. The themes of my work revolve around elevating the status of women, honoring and purposefully bringing together diverse needlework and design motifs of cultures around the world, and creating harmony and beauty out of bits and pieces. I believe that the spirit of each human being is rich in gems of inestimable value, and I see each piece of art that I create as a reflection of an aspect of my innermost self.  When I work, I listen to uplifting music, get lost in the meditative process of stitching, think about the contributions of other women who have gone before me, and get absorbed in creating gorgeous fields of color. Making my art is truly a sacred act for me; I feel that creating artwork in a spirit of service to humanity is a form of worship. Beth Yazhari joined Society6 on April 12, 2013

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I make art that celebrates reflection, craftsmanship and time-consuming labor in the pursuit of beauty. I strive to make spiritually uplifting art, to create oases of beauty and wonder in a frenetic society that is increasingly in need of both.  Discarded doilies and remnants of embroidered fabrics are a source of inspiration to me; by rescuing them and recycling them into my beaded paintings, I hope to honor and collaborate with the creative spirit of generations of women who have gone before me, whose handiwork has often been ignored because it was not created to be displayed in a gallery.  In repurposing lovingly made decorative textiles as formal elements of compositions on canvas, I build on the labor of multiple unknown stitchers, investing many hours of my own painting and hand beading in order to highlight their beautiful creations as I bring my own unique visions into being.

My work resonates with Arts and Crafts Movement ideals, such as a preference for the handmade, but I draw on modern technology in order to help me create my globally inspired pieces.  The amazing power of the Internet allows me to track down textiles and beads from diverse cultures, and I love having the ability to find vintage jewelry and to use beads from many countries in creating multicultural works.  I also use my computer to edit and print my own photographs onto sheets of silk and cotton.  These images are then adhered to a canvas with acrylic medium, and they become design elements in the symmetrical and harmonious structures of my pieces. These orderly compositions are lent movement, passion, and energy by richly painted backgrounds created by multiple layers of color.

The themes of my work revolve around elevating the status of women, honoring and purposefully bringing together diverse needlework and design motifs of cultures around the world, and creating harmony and beauty out of bits and pieces. I believe that the spirit of each human being is rich in gems of inestimable value, and I see each piece of art that I create as a reflection of an aspect of my innermost self.  When I work, I listen to uplifting music, get lost in the meditative process of stitching, think about the contributions of other women who have gone before me, and get absorbed in creating gorgeous fields of color. Making my art is truly a sacred act for me; I feel that creating artwork in a spirit of service to humanity is a form of worship.

Beth Yazhari joined Society6 on April 12, 2013.

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