CONTEMPORARY GEOMETRIC BEADWORK

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

Swatches

Swatching has been a big part of our process on this book. Sometimes the only way to answer the question, “Will this work?” is to sit down and make it. Or part of it.

Jean Power got us excited about the open-add sections of her Rivoli Flowers project, and several of us started whipping up samples.

I made some glass lace, and a few cat crowns (scale models of bangles, you know) and Christina Vandervlist made a helixy thing that I’m still marvelling at. Below, my exploration of a portion of her helix.

 

And the glass lace. It’s very soft, I can curl it around a pencil if I want, or make a radish rose.

 

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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