Sunday, September 7, 2008

The Works of David K. Chatt

The Inspiration:

I found my latest inspiration while reading Bead & Button's special issue on Right Angle Weave. David Chatt - incredible bead artist - writes about his first encounter with RAW. He says he was determined to discover how a little orange beaded purse had been made, and eventually developed the single needle version of crossweave stitching that so many of us love today.

As I pictured what the little purse must have been like, I recalled that there were two little make-up bags in my beading cupboard, just waiting to be made into something more. I purchased them at a clearance sale years ago, with the intention of embroidering some beads to them, but never got around to it. I'm glad that I still have them to work with, for I have something much better in mind.

There would still be the question of what colors to use, but Mr. Chatt answered that for me as well. In his article, a stunning collection of beaded sculpture is pictured, called "Breakfast Set". I was quite taken with the entire scene, but most especially the beaded orange slices. That was all the inspiration I needed. Citrus will be my palette!



The Beads:

These delicous opaque seed beads will be the new colors for a bead jacketed handbag: lemon yellow, cherry red, banana yellow, bright orange.



The Beadwork:

Using a combination of basic and interlocking right angle weave, I was able to jacket the make-up bag with seed beads to create a charming little clutch bag. The simple design will be easy to embellish further - I'm thinking of daisy fringes and loops. This first attempt at 3D bead weaving was a great experience, and I'm very glad that I have one more bag to work with in a future project.


Your Turn:

Visit the gallery of David K. Chatt and get inspired by the amazing use of beads! Create a sculptural masterpiece or beaded fashion in bold colors, and post it to the Beading Challenge Forum!


No comments:

Post a Comment

Blog Widget by LinkWithin

Inspiration Topics

accessories amulet Ancient Worlds Modern Beads animals April's Army art ArtFire astrology astronomy autumn awards awareness bangle beach Bead Inspired Bead Shops bead soup bead spotlight bead stash Bead Trays beaded beads beading theory beads belt bezel birthstones black blog spotlight blue boho bone book spotlight bracelet Bracelet A Week branch fringe brick stitch brown bugles buttons cabochon ceramic chain maille challenge charity chevron chain christmas collar Collections color Color Ideas color triads conservation craft shows crafts crochet crystals cuff Culled Beads current events Current Faves daggers Daily Sets daisy chain Delicas Destash drops Dutch spiral earrings Egypt Egyptian Gods embellishing embroidery environment etsy exotic fair trade fantasy fashion Favorite Beads Favorite Techniques feminine fibers film findings fire polish fixtures Flashback Test flickr inspiration flowers food found object free form fringe Geek Jewels geekery gemstones geography giveaway glass gold gray Greece green herringbone hex cuts history holiday home decor insects inspiration tip inspired beader Inspired by... Inspiring Links ivory Jewelry Stash knitting ladder stitch lampwork lariat leaf fringe leather lights literature loomwork macrame magatamas Master Class Medallions metal free metalwork Mini Collar a Week mixed media mixture Mood Board MOP multi-color multi-strand music natural beads nature necklace Necklace a Day Nepal chain netting New Beads ocean ombre orange paint paper patterns pearls pendant peyote photography Picasso finish pink Pinspiration PMC polymer clay poster sketch purple quick inspiration rainbow RAW red resin ring Ring a Day rivoli Rome Russian spiral scarf science seed beads shell silver soutache spiral rope spring square stitch St. Petersburg steampunk stringing stripes summer tagua TBT The Elements thread Tilas Time Capsule tools trade beads triangle weave tribal tropical turquoise tutorial two-hole beads Ugly vintage Wear it Twice weather white winter WIP wire wishlist wood World Beaders yellow
Blog Home * About * Beading Tutorials * Advertise

Learn About Sponsoring Inspirational Beading with Project Wonderful
Affiliated With ShareASale.com and Amazon.com