intriguing and beautiful negative and positive spaces. They add
a depth, and catch and reflect light and shadow in very rich,
resonant ways. Combinations of different styles of chains, and
the addition of beads, charms and pendants enhances their power.
They are a
tricky stringing material to work with. As you add more beaded
embellishment, you run the risk a diminishing the artistic power
of chain. But as an artist, chain and its embellishment offer
as great an opportunity to achieve more powerful ends.
In my CHAINS
COLLECTION, I seek to demonstrate different designs which
synergize the chain and its embellishment. Chain has a very sexual
and sensual power, which I like to play off of, in my designs.
My chain pieces
mix various techniques in wire working, bead stringing and bead
pieces drape, because of the weight of the chain, and because
the links do not form a perfectly straight linear and flat line,
like a piece of thread or cable wire or string, will vary depending
on the shape and size of the wearer's body. I try to take this
fact into account, within each piece. I try to maintain the "power"
of the piece, whether it is spread broadly across the chest, or
narrowly down the body.
with chain jewelry, to take special care when you put the jewelry
on, and take it off, as well as when you store it. Chains have
a tendency to get entangled. I suggest using removeable cable
ties, and clamp off each independent segment within the piece,
so that they don't get entangled.