Local artist incorporates Mardi Gras beads


Instead of taking her beads to Krispy Kreme, or trading them in for another perk around the city of Mobile, one local woman is reusing the beads in her artwork.  

Organized chaos fills the streets of Mobile as parades roll.  Not very different from the busy scene inside Bob’s Downtown Restaurant.

“It takes a while, you just have to have a lot of patience,” said Spring Waldron-Richardson between waiting tables, and glancing at her beautiful artwork displayed inside Bob’s.  “But I don’t like to watch TV, so this is what I do instead of watching TV.”

Waldron-Richardson is a full-time waitress at Bob’s and a full-time Mardi Gras bead artist.  

“You have to draw it first,” Spring explained of her process. “Then I paint the background so that with the color coming through there’s a few little spaces here and there.  I use E-6000 glue, cause hot glue which is what I started with, leaves little strings everywhere.”  

When Bob’s got involved in Artwalk four years ago, she brought her artwork in to be featured.  

“That’s great, it really is,” Spring said of the opportunity.  “To have somebody support you and to support the other artists here in Mobile.”

The artwork is something beautiful to look at for patrons.  It reminds them of the holiday that began right here in Mobile.  Parades roll just a few days a year, but Bob’s stays busy, serving as the perfect gallery for prospective buyers.

“Well, I do make it to sell but I make it for fun most of all,” Spring said.  “Every time I finish a piece, I have to keep it at my house for a while and look at it, then I’ll bring it up here and look at it.”

One of the pieces sells for anywhere from $250 to $500.

“It’s really amazing,” she said.  “I figure, I like them enough to keep them if they don’t wanna pay that much.”

Spring doesn’t have a Facebook group or website where she sells her art.  When we asked how people could find her work, she simply said, “Send them to Bob’s.”

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