1. To render in another language.
2. To change from one form, function, or state to another; convert or transform
3. To express in another medium.
I used these definitions of the word translate to create a necklace from fabric. I felt that it would be perfect to “translate” one medium into another.
I started by using my NEW sewing machine and using some fancy-nancy stitches, created a "type" of heirloom background for the necklace.
The “buttons or beads” were made by using circle templates. Circles of different sizes were made and then combined to create each of the fourteen “beads” on my necklace. In between the large beads I used some small flat tourmaline beads that I just happened to have. I enjoyed doing this piece and found that it took on a life of its own that needed me to continue until I was done embellishing them with different glass seed beads.
So my translation is the idea of buttons changed to beads into a necklace out of fabric.