"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. Moveon.org. 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