"I have always been interested in transforming traditional craft"

Before Eleanor started making arts with beads she was primarily a watercolor artist.  She fell in love with the world of beading after doing an apprenticeship with a jewelry designer, the shop closed and she inherited thousands of seed beads.  She was then faced with the task of turning these beads into art.

Her work began with portraits and then moved into the marine world.  She states “the medium is limitless and I love to try to create the impossible”.  After being published  and receiving a congressional honor for “Keeping Hope Alive Through Art” she began to push the medium even further.

Eleanor’s work is all embroidered by hand with thread, needle, on felt with beads.   She combines several different traditional and non traditional stitches to create a unique sculpture effect.   Paper, fabric and mesh can also be found in her work.   

Eleanor Pigman is originally from New York City.  She received her BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago and her masters in Art Therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  She is a self taught embroidery artist, currently living in St Petersburg Florida.



Exhibitions & Awards:

BFA Exhibit, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL  1998

White Street Alliance Studio, Seattle WA  2009

Bemis Spring Art Show, Seattle WA 2009

Art on the Ridge, Seattle WA 2009

Manifest of Hope Art for Obama Award.  2008

Credale School of Art, Art for Obama, Winter Park FL 2012

Congressional Award, KEEPING HOPE ALIVE THROUGH ART.  2012

Craft Art, Florida Craftsman, St Petersburg FL 2012

Bauble and Beads,  Berkeley CA 2013

Play, Florida Craftsmen Gallery St Petersburg FL  2013

National Marine Fisheries, St Petersburg FL 2013

ATOMIC, Sarasota FL 2013

Museum of Art and Whimsy, Sarasota FL 2014



Green Leaf Press, Work and Interview 2009

Seattle Pioneer Examiner, Work 2009

Art for Obama, 2009

Bead Unique Magazine 2012

Bead and Button Magazine, 2014