Sun, 10/6/2013 thru Sat, 10/12/2013
How do you keep beadwork and jewelry design essential and alive? Learning
ideas and techniques towards this end is the crux of this week-long
series of workshops.
These workshops are for both
Beginner as well as Intermediate level beaders or jewelry makers alike.
We will be examining traditional
Etruscan jewelry, and how we can understand it from the vantage point
of good jewelry design principles. We will learn and practice some basic
techniques of bead stringing and bead weaving. Then we will do some
thinking, planning and experimenting with these and other bead stringing
and bead weaving techniques in order to create contemporary interpretations
of two or three Etruscan pieces of jewelry to see what we can achieve.
You will learn to look at
jewelry with a different eye. Many people create jewelry all their lives,
without understanding why certain pieces draw your attention, and others
do not. In this class, we will begin to answer that question: Why?
You will learn the correct
way to string beads on cable wire, and crimp the wire to secure it to
the clasp. You will learn the optimum way to string beads on thread,
including how to tie a special knot. You will learn a few simple bead
weaving techniques and how best to hold your pieces while you work it,
and how to manage thread tension while weaving beads. You will learn
to make simple, as well as coiled, loops on head and eye pins, as well
as simple wire connectors.
During the week, we will
gradually develop an understanding of good jewelry design concepts.
You will use these concepts to get a design-understanding of Etruscan
jewelry. And you will use these concepts to begin to think about, plan
and experiment with ideas for contemporizing Etruscan jewelry.
You will learn how to understand
what “quality” means, when selecting and using glass, gemstone
and metal beads and other jewelry clasps and findings. You will learn
how to make choices among the many options of stringing materials. You
will learn a little bit about buying tools. You will learn how color
theories may be applied when using beads, rather than paints. You will
learn to re-define a piece of jewelry in terms of its essential design
elements – things you can manipulate within the piece. And finally,
you will review 10 principles of jewelry design composition –
that is, 10 rules for how to manipulate the elements within your piece.
We will be doing a lot of
hands-on activity. Some of it will involve playing with and arranging
beads on a bead board. And some of it will involve using bead stringing
and bead weaving techniques, as well as a few simple wire working techniques,
to make bracelets or components which you can later finish off as bracelets
is for anyone who loves to make jewelry, and wants to learn the theoretical
underpinnings of good jewelry design, and some applications. This workshop
is equally useful for beginner, intermediate and advanced student, alike.
For each topic covered during our week, we do a little bit of tracking
whereby separate exercises and projects are provided, based on technical
from Paula Morgan, who has been the Beadwork Advisor
for About.Com, and more recently, an advisor with Bead-Space.com,
and Blog Mistress/Consultant. - 1/23/2009
This workshop, titled Contemporizing
Traditional Etruscan Jewelry will be taught by Bead-Space Member
OddShop, also known as Warren Feld, owner of one of the most
magnificent bead shops in the world, Land of Odds. Warren is
recognized as an expert in traditional Etruscan jewelry design
and has taught extensively over the years. This workshop will
focus not only on the essential techniques used to create this
essential jewelry style, but will also teach you how to carry
these techniques and skills into the 21st century and no matter
what your style of beading or jewelry making, into your own
beading or jewelry making studio.
My recommendation is, if you are able to register
and attend this workshop but are just not completely sure about
it, or perhaps are not sure about the instructor, the cruise
company, etc. if you will trust my word, I will help you decide.
Do it! Do not hesitate. Warren is an amazing teacher, an incredible
beader, has an unfailing knowledge and this trip will change
If you are serious about designing jewelry and
want to learn how to bring the old world into the new, this
is a positive investment in your professional future. If you
are an established designer and want to add a bit of polish
to your skills and techniques portfolio, this is an outstanding
opportunity to work with a Master. If you are an “of the
moment” type of designer, with no interest in historical
methods or techniques, but just want to keep up with current
design trends and have the ability to make those beaded jewelry
pieces that are selling and being worn, this is absolutely the
class investment for you, too. Current styles, ranging from
the big and bold Bohemian style of Coco Chanel and her line
of big beautiful adornments, combining the paste and the precious,
to the stripped-down and de-constructed look of twenty different
tangled chains, all covered in patina, thrown together with
a variety of pearls, organza, and other frills, this is where
you will learn which frills, when, why, and how.
With no basis in the history
of jewelry styles, it is impossible to re-create them into bare-bones
versions or into the so-over-the-top-as-to-look-turned-upside-down-and-inside-out,
then without the foundation for this deconstruction, all you
may design is a mess.
As your Friendly Beading Advisor, I personally
vouch for him as instructor, bead seller and all-around really
If you have planned to make
an investment in your beading or jewelry design career this
year, you would do yourself a huge favor to give this weeklong
session your serious consideration. Working with an instructor
like Warren, spending time with other serious jewelers and beaders,
you’ll find yourself returning to the bench refreshed
and filled with new spirit, inventiveness and creative vigor.
Trust me; you’ll thank yourself for years to come if you
allow yourself this investment in your future as a beader and
jewelry designer, and as a positive step in the right direction
towards your commitment to living and creating handmade. And
to steal a corny (but in this case true) phrase from an ad for
hair dye or wrinkle cream or some kind of makeup - the bottom
line is: you are worth it! So go, and don’t forget to
send me an email and some pictures.
Etruscan Drop Necklace
To the Etruscan Drop Necklace
More Elaborate Contemporizing Approach
to the Etruscan Bead Drop Necklace
Square Stitch Bracelet
Bead Woven Etruscan Vestment