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What excites me about working in three dimensions is exploring the relationship between negative and positive space. A tension develops between a hole and the physical material pressing against it. I am compelled to reveal this tension and transform commonplace materials into unexpected shapes.

Please click on each thumbnail photograph below to view the piece up close.  

My 50th Year (2009)
24" H x 60" W x 1 1/2" D
Acrylic, paper, glass beads on canvas

“My 50th Year” is made of 366 pieces of beadwork I wove, one per day, beginning on the day after my 49th birthday and completed on the day I turned 50. In addition to beads, the other primary material used in this piece are pages of daily journals I kept when I was a teenager. The piece is an expression of how we incrementally age and grow each day over the course of our lives.

1973, Vol. 3: No One Better Ever Read This. Ever. (2008)
9" H x 9" W x 9" D
Gouache, paper, thread
Handwork (2008)
10" H x 8" W x 1" D
Acrylic, paper on canvas
Ivy (and detail, 2008)
8" H x 8" W x 1 1/2" D
Acrylic, paper, glass beads on wood panel
Cerise and Laser Lemon (Crayola Series) (and detail, 2008
10" H x 11" W x 9" D
Hand-dyed cotton rope, glass beads.

Red Orange and Vivid
Violet
(Crayola series)
(and detail, 2008)
12
” H x 11” W x 7.5” D
Hand-dyed cotton rope, glass beads.

2011 finalist for City Arts Magazine's Art Walk Award

Handweavers Guild of America’s Small Expressions 2009 exhibition

Yellow Green and Razzle
Dazzle Rose (Crayola series)
(and detail, 2008)
13
” H x  10” W x 9” D
Hand-dyed cotton rope, glass beads.

Web and Flow exhibition, Textile Center Gallery, Minneapolis

Turquoise Blue and Peach (Crayola series) (and detail, 2008)
12
” H x 10” W x 6.5” D
Hand-dyed cotton rope, glass beads.

CRAFT USA ‘08 National Craft Triennial, Silvermine Guild Galleries

Alien Nest Egg #1 (and detail, 2008)
10.5
” H x 13” W x 9.5” D
Hand-dyed cotton rope, glass beads.

Containers, Containment and Contents exhibition, Art Council of Snohomish

Alien Nest Egg #2 (and detail, 2008)
11.5" H x 10.5" W x 7" D
Hand-dyed cotton rope, glass beads.
Alien Nest Egg #3 (and detail, 2008)
10.5" H x 13" W x 10" D
Hand-dyed cotton rope, glass beads.
Alien Nest Egg #4  (2008)
11" H x 11" W x 9" D
Hand-dyed cotton rope, glass beads.
22nd Valentine (and detail, 2008)
6.5” H x 10.5” W x 5.5” D
Hand-dyed cotton rope, glass beads.

Dancing Hands 2008 exhibition, Springfield Museum

Rain Forest (and detail, 2008)
9” H x 8” W x 8” D
Hand-dyed cotton rope.

Dancing Hands 2008 exhibition, Springfield Museum

Knots Decrease Working Loads by 50% (Ace Hardware rope series) (and detail, 2007)
10
” H x 6” W x 7.5” D
Cotton sash cord, glass beads.

Second Place Award, Handweavers Guild of America's River of Grass 2008 exhibition

Not Recommended for Use Where Personal Safety is Involved (Ace Hardware rope series) (and detail, 2007)
10
½” H x 8” W x 8” D
Cotton clothesline, glass beads, mirror.
Use Only for Intended Purposes (Ace Hardware rope series) (and detail, 2007)
8
½” H x 6” W x 4½” D
Nylon rope, glass beads.
Nana Iro (7 Colors) (2007)
6
½” H x 7” W x 6” D
Wool yarn hand-braided into rope.

Handweavers Guild of America's River of Grass 2008 exhibition

Raspberry Tea (2007)
7
” H x 10” W x 6” D
Hand-dyed cotton rope, glass beads.

Handweavers Guild of America's Small Expressions 2008 exhibition

Moebius No. 3: Ambiguity (2007)
4.5” H x 5.5” W x 3” D
Glass beads.
Shampoo/Set
(2007)
20” L x 12” H x 14” W
Plastic hair rollers and Venetian blinds cord.
Egg Basket (and detail, 2007)
5” x 7” x 4½”
Glass beads, genuine and plaster egg.

Small Repetitive Motions exhibition, Seattle
Hemorrhage (and detail, 2006)
Glass beads.
4” x 6” x 4½”
With most beadwork, I strive to avoid thread exposure. With “Hemorrhage,” I wove transparent beads with red thread, which passes through the beads like blood through arteries.

Bead International 2008 exhibition
Push-Up Purse (Thank God I’m an A-Cup or I Never Would Have Made the Deadline) (2007)
Purchased bras, glass beads.

Beadwork
magazine’s Beaded Bag exhibition, 2007
Pink (Color Study Series) (2006)
6
” x 4” x 3”
Glass beads.
Rhythm & Blues (Color Study Series) (2006)
6½” x 6½” x 4½”
Glass beads.
Black (Color Study Series) (2006)
x 2½” x
Glass beads.
Ventricles (and detail, 2006)
3
½” x 4” x 3”
Glass beads.

Handweavers Guild of America's Small Expressions 2007 exhibition
No. 1 in the Semolina Series: Ditalini (2005)
8
” x 8” x 4”
100% durum wheat semolina pasta.
No. 2 in the Semolina Series: Penne (2005)
10
½” x 7½” x 3½”
100% durum wheat semolina pasta.
Bead International 2006 Exhibition
No. 3 in the Semolina Series: Rigatoni (2005)
4
” x 10” x 8”
100% durum wheat semolina pasta.

Stretching the Threads Exhibition, Atlantic Center for the Arts
No. 4 in the Semolina Series: Linguini (2005)
7
” x 8” x 8½”
100% durum wheat semolina pasta.
No. 5 in the Semolina Series: Organic Rigatoni (front and back, 2005)
14
” x 9” x 4”
100% organic durum wheat semolina pasta made with antique bronze dies.
 
No. 6 in the Semolina Series: Ditalini and Penne (flat and dimensional views, 2006)
11
½” x 12½” (flat)
100% durum wheat semolina pasta.
No. 6 in the Semolina Series: Spaghetti Vase (2006)
4
½” x 4½” x13”
100% organic durum wheat semolina pasta.
Margarita (2 views, 2005)
3
½” x 3” x 4”
Glass seed beads.
Raisins and Olives (2005)
7 ½” x 3” x 2 Ύ”
Glass seed beads.

Soft ‘n’ Stone (2005)
4 ½” x 4” x 4”
Glass seed beads, freshwater pearls, lacquered pearls, crocheted and felted wool yarn.

To Hold Within: Redefining the Container exhibition, Waterworks Gallery.(Collection of Ruth Offen)

Soft 'n' Stone is part of a series of sculptural experiments combining beadwork with knitting and crochet.

Rock with Delusions of Grandeur (2005)
5
” x 2” x 3½”
Glass seed beads.

Tribute to Andy Goldsworthy (2005)
8” x 5” x 3”
Glass seed beads, knitted and felted wool yarn.

Andy Goldsworthy is one of my art heroes. His ability to spend many hours building a stone or leaf sculpture only to see it destroyed by tide or wind inspired me to make this piece. Many hours of beadwork are hidden within the folds of wool, never to be seen. The satisfaction is in the doing, not in the result.

 

Annette (with detail, 2004)
9 ½” x 5” x 3”
Freshwater pearls, glass beads, resin bead, seed beads, wire, lead fishing weights.

Annette was named for a favorite quotation by Julia Cameron: “Leap and a net will appear.” Having wings and a tail, Annette can both fly and swim, neither of which I can do, which makes her well-equipped as my artistic guardian angel.

Transformer 1 (2004)
10” x 4” (flat)
Ceramic focal bead, fossil beads, seed beads.
 

The Transformer series of sculptural pieces are also jewelry. For a view of Transformer 1 in its bracelet form, please see Jewelry.

Transformer 2 (2004)
6” x 3” (flat)
Freshwater pearls, assorted glass beads, seed beads.
 

Absolutely Beads 2004 Exhibition

The Transformer series of sculptural pieces are also jewelry. For a view of Transformer 2 in its bracelet form, please see Jewelry.

The Four Walls of Fear (2003)
9” x 9”
Cotton fabric, rubberstamping, seed beads.

This small art quilt was inspired by a journal entry that prompted me to make a life-changing decision: leaving my corporate job to pursue the creative imperative. I wanted to preserve the entry with an art medium that was longer-lasting than paper.
 

Published in Material Visions: A Gallery of Miniature Art Quilts, 2004

Web of My Evening (2004)
8” x 4” x 1½”
Assorted glass beads, freshwater pearls, seed beads, fabric lining.

Second Place Award, Puget Sound Bead Festival Beaded Inspirations 2004

Absolutely Beads 2004 Exhibition

e-mail: tina@tinakoyama.com

Photos by Greg Mullin except as noted. All content copyright© Tina Koyama, 2012.