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Thank you so much to those of you who expressed interest in our colour explorations. We are busy putting together a series of not only bead kits but also physical explorations and conversations that we can share with all of you (no kit or book purchase is ever needed to join the discovery team). If you want to play, and use your own beads, gather as many colours as you can to make a set of 12 or so that (if possible) include transparents, bold colours, metallics, silverlineds and a few things that pop when placed against each other.
The first discussion we will be publishing this week is for Sam Norgard’s incredible collection of Nova Scotia sunset colours. I’m still finishing up a few of the photos (Kathryn beaded an entire table full of examples) and when they are all ready, I’ll be back with you later to talk about the ideas that make up this palette.
I hope some of you use these colourways to play with the illusion faces, like this beauty from Joke Van Biesen. We need more magic pix like this!
Sam’s expression of these colours was in sets of three (then built into faces of four) in a wearable Kaleidocycle. Kathryn Shriver explored it in Exploding PodCasts, Arrows and Flower Faces, Warped Squares, Magic Triangles and Spirals. We will be back later today to begin the discussion of how to build or use a colourway like this. I would greatly like to see what you make as well.
For those of you who picked up our first run of kits, thank you so much! If you would like to consider one, each of them contain over $100 of beads, plus extra patterns, samples, and a $50 donation to the Scholarships and Fellowships fund. We will be getting fancier with our kits, and introducing a wide selection (including pre-order trade kits) but for now, we just have a few of this first release left.
Thanks to all for your patience, interest, and forward motion. What a talented base of beaders we are, all of us together. We are going to rocket all of the new ideas and discoveries into so much new work…