Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Contemporary Geometric Beadwork - from 'What if?' to 'I want (because I can)'

I often read in magazines that most designers play with beads and try 'What ifs'... and this brings new ideas and fabulous designs. Although I am a 'Whatifer' too, I am also an 'Iwanter'. In that sense that 'I want to use this bead, make this shape, have points here, wings there, cut-out openings...' You can do anything with beads, or nearly anything. And if you doubt this, you might not have read Contemporary Geometric Beadwork Vol. 1.

CGB empowers the beader, bringing tips and tools to go further and beyond trying. It makes sketching easier (you know that you CAN do it). It enables you to make things you would never have thought possible.
It took 4 days of beading to make this collar. I hesitated a lot between toggle and ribbon. I love ribbon on this type of collars, it is so comfortable, but making a geometric clasp was just irresistible. I hope you like it too.

This piece was inspired by the work of two wonderful bead artists. Firstly Jennifer Chasalow VanBenschoten, whose collar for the Battle of the Beadsmith 2012 made me want one like that. When I saw it, I really fell in love (and I still am). It took me more than a year to come up with my own 'pointy' collar.

I want a SQUARE toggle
I had indigo Tila beads and lovely burnt Sienna Delicas to make it, but I was missing something complete this piece. When I saw Mikki Ferrugiaro's Lotus Flowers, someting hit me. This was exactly what I wanted for the lower part of my necklace.
Do I need to mention that the nifty instructions in the book Contemporary Geometric Beadwork by Kate McKinnon to make the zig zag and points were very helpful? 

Last but not least - for reasons of motion, I built the lower part on Delica beads added like Kate shows in her 'Guide Round' - available to those who pre-order Volume 2 of Contemporary Geometric Beadwork.

Looking for a name...
Now I need to find a nice name for this collar. Do you maybe have an idea?


  1. It's wonderful, Cath! It reminds me of an amazon warrior. I would name it "Blue Ribbon", and it surely deserves one! Sandy

  2. It's beautiful, the colors remind me of a sunset. Indigo Sunset?

  3. A name has been found: Ishtar's Collar. Thank you!


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