Valerie Hector, we can do both at the same time. In The Art of Beadwork, readers are guided through a journey of beading around the world, and throughout history. Each chapter explores a different region, from Japan, to Kenya, to Peru, and everywhere in between.
An introduction to early beadwork and the progression of bead manufacturing provides a look at the scope of this great art form, including rarely seen photographs of Ancient Egyptian beadwork done in peyote and netting with tiny faience beads. Then, a primer on modern beadwork tools and techniques shows readers how to get started in the medium before taking a look at all of the historical and cultural influences in modern beadwork.
For each country and region, Valerie provides an in depth look at the styles of beadwork, the common materials and techniques, and their significance. Photographs of antique and modern beadwork designs give readers an idea of how each society’s style has been carried on to today’s designs. Every chapter finishes with a tutorial on how to create one of the example projects, such as Indonesian inspired hair sticks, and a scalloped netting scarf inspired by Nelson Mandela’s Mfengu collar.
The information and tutorials alone make The Art of Beadworka must read for the serious beader, but the gorgeous color photographs on every page are a delight in themselves. There are a wide variety of jewelry styles and works of beaded art from around the world, and renowned artists like: David K. Chatt, creator of right angle weave; Laura Shea, inventor of the Eureka Bead technique; Virginia Blakelock, creator of Cellini spiral; and Karen Paust, the sculptural peyote genius.
Copyright 2012 Inspirational Beading
Valerie Hector and Watson-Guptill Publications
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