CONTEMPORARY GEOMETRIC BEADWORK

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

more from the Summit: speaking with Marcia DeCoster

I love talking to Marcia DeCoster. I like her slow smile, her clear eyes, her simple directness. She responds to the idea of getting “stuck” the same way that I do- by keeping notebooks and lists of awesome things we mean to do. Who could do them all, even in two lifetimes?

If one thing isn’t working, we don’t worry about it, we just pick up another. If all else fails, we clean the studio. Just playing with our stuff is enough to start us on something else.

(By the way, what sounds like wind in the videos is actually the whirr of hummingbird wings. We have learned our lesson and will be moving the feeder away from the CraftTub zone for shooting. The ambient yard birds, though, will always be a feature. Who could object to birdsong? Or more accurately, who could care about the objections of someone objecting to birdsong?)

Jean Power must surely be snugged into her bed in London now. I’ve been staring at pictures of her beadwork, wishing I’d had her teach me every single thing she does, thinks, or can pretend to do while she was here. How could I have spent any time sleeping, for example?

Above, Jean Power peyote stars. After a little battle this morning (I didn’t have enough Delica colours to make the learning easier) I’ve finally grasped the idea of circular peyote, and am well on the way to my own Superstar Waterbed Triangle Pillow Ring.

Below, a lovely photo of Teresa Sullivan, by Marcia DeCoster.

Below, a bit of rippling right angle weave from one of Marcia’s finished pieces.

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.

5 comments on “more from the Summit: speaking with Marcia DeCoster

  1. Marcia DeCoster
    May 22, 2011

    hhmm….I guess I really furrow my brow when I think, funny seeing yourself on video….and I appear to have some of my Bostonian accent showing up as well. Both things I was unaware of. Thanks for sharing.

    • katemckinnon
      May 23, 2011

      You are gorgeous and intelligent and wise and funny.

  2. Sally Anderson
    May 20, 2011

    I Love those stars! Anything Jean makes is okay be me! I love her use of color, too. I hope your book will teach me how to do it all — every bit of it! Did you find your new title yet?

    • katemckinnon
      May 20, 2011

      I am learning circular triangular peyote this morning, having lots of ideas. And a bit of frustration, of course. I love the moment when a new stitch or concept becomes natural, and you can relax into it. I’m almost there.

      I love watching you on video, you are so adorable.

  3. Francesca Watson
    May 20, 2011

    Wow – that photo of Marcia’s right angle weave piece really grabbed me.

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