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ROPES BRACELET contrasts and balances order and chaos, regimentation
and freedom, flatness and dimensionality, tight arrangement and playful
I was inspired
by the fantasy world's arrangement of gods with opposing forces. Those
serving these gods were called the priests of Gwynneth. They teach
how to recognize and manage the duality and oppositon of chaos and
ROPES BRACELET is made from Austrian Crystals, and Japanese
drop, peanut, long magatama, and seed beads, as well as Czech super
duo two-holed beads. This bead woven piece has a modified right-angle
weave stitched base of Austrian crystal beads.
The base has three
framed open spaces, through which are braided 3 Gwynian Ropes. These
ropes are woven using a modified dimensional right angle weave pattern.
A push-pull clasp is sewn onto either end of the piece.
My goal here was to see
if I could use several new shapes of seed beads -- peanuts (like a
barbell), long magatamas (a type of drop with asymmetrical shape),
2.8mm mini drops (teardrop), and super-duos (a 2-hole flat oval) to
do something that had a lot of dimensionality to it. Too often, when
designers use these beads, their compositions are very flat, because
of limitations they confront due to the directional nature of the
holes in these beads.The holes don't lend themselves to "changing
direction", so to speak, as an elbow-shaped or twisted-shape
pipe might allow you to do. I wanted to force the beads and the composition
to change direction.
The strategic placement
of peanut beads allows a "locking" or "stiffness"
to the sections they are used in, which I found to be a tremendous
For the base,
I modified the right angle stitch pattern, so that I could add a diagonal
embellishment across the center hole of each unit, and that I could
also force the 4 corners of the unit to be (and stay) squared. The
base is slightly concaved. The outer edge lines of the base are deliberately
made not to follow a perfectly straight line.
This project reflects
some of my designer goals: to emphasize the architectural basis of
bead weaving stitches, in this case right angle weave; to build in
elements of good contemporary design -- dimensionality, movement,
creative play on "line", creative use of negative and positive
spaces; to use vintage elements in contemporary design; to select
and combine unexpected colors using rules based on color perception
and cognition research.
The bracelet as
pictured is 6 1/2" long, but can easily be made shorter or longer
with a few tweaks of the design.
to as shown (wine or copper-lime colors, with Austrian crystal foundation), with a German 23KT Plated Box Clasp and
Austrian Crystal Beads,
With Czech glass beads foundation, $785.00