CONTEMPORARY GEOMETRIC BEADWORK

an open source architectural beadwork project from Kate McKinnon and a worldwide team of innovators

Ndebele batwings

Winged beadwork by Dustin Wedekind
 

Dustin and I both love making Ndebele bat-winged shapes. I tend to make flowers with them, he tends to make actual wings.

The element up front is HUGE, about six inches long. The ring is about two inches wide. We will certainly be making some wings for our Barbies, probably to demonstrate the prosthetic skeleton idea, which involves sewing narrow fabric ribbon to a long run of beads as a channel to slip wire into, making the run into a sculptural rib.

I have the idea, thinking of a pair of wings, that the wire could span both wings and do something useful in the middle, such as form a ring shank, or the body of a brooch. Or hold a stone, or support the bezel. Or all of those things.

About katemckinnon

Kate McKinnon, globe-trotting writer and metalsmith, has devoted herself to the study of how things are done, and how they could be done better. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, and loves warm weather, nice people, rides in the car, and good books.

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