The Art of Beadwork: Historic Inspiration, Contemporary Design

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Watson-Guptill Publications, 2005 - Crafts & Hobbies - 160 pages
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Written by renowned jewelry designer Valerie Hector, this book introduces readers to the quality, diversity, and artistry of beadwork from around the world, from ancient to modern. Rather than providing instructions for simply copying designs, this book teaches beaders to translate one or more of a piece's characteristics—color, design, technique, and dimensionality—into innovative contemporary jewelry designs. This book guides readers through 24 exquisite projects—necklaces, earrings, pendants, pins, bracelets, hair ornaments, and bags—inspired by museum-quality beadworks from cultures in four geographic regions: Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas. • According toCraftrends, one in three crafters in the US engages in beading • Beadworkers and bead and jewelry enthusiasts are hungry for inspirational images of beadwork from other cultures • Contributors include beading luminaries Flora Book, David Chatt, Sharon Donovan, and Kathryn Harris

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Beadwork designer and historian Hector commissioned 20 artists to design contemporary bead jewelry and accessories inspired by ethnic beadwork from around the world. These form the basis for the step ... Read full review

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This is a fantastic must-read for anyone that loves beads. Valerie Hector has created a wonderful tour through the history of beadwork across the globe, with a special enthusiasm that can only come from a passionate beader. Read full review

About the author (2005)

\Valerie Hector is a brand name for high-quality beaded jewelry and is thought by many in the field to have invented the fine craft category of beadwork jewelry. She lives in Evanston, IL. Lois Sherr Dubin is an internationally recognized authority on beads and beadwork, and also the author of The History of Beads (0-8109-8178-5).

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