JEWELRY DESIGN CAMP: Supplies for Session I
Warren Feld, Jewelry Designer
Program Philosophy
Ctr For Beadwork & Jewelry Arts
About The Kit


Palette Choices:
Teal Terra / Antique Rose
Antique Amethyst / Sage Green
Spectrum Gold
Terra Cotta
Brilliant Gold

* About
* Learning Objectives
* Kit Contents
* Photo Details
* 1. Teal Terra / Antique Rose

* 2. Antique Amethyst / Sage Green
* 3. Spectrum Gold
* 4. Terra Cotta
* 5. Brilliant Gold


Session I: Contemporizing Traditional Etruscan Jewelry

Narrative Synopsis
Detailed Itinerary
Location & Accommodations
Application and Fees
Supplies List

Palette 1: Teal Terra / Antique Rose



Palette 2: Antique Amethyst / Sage Green



Palette 3: Spectrum Gold



Palette 4: Terra Cotta



Palette 5. Brillian gold




About the Kit...

Bead weaving is a collection of hundreds of different stitching techniques and strategies for creating pieces that approximate a piece of cloth.

The Ndebele stitch, sometimes called Herringbone Stitch, is a loose-knit stitch that lends itself to many creative variations. It results in a herringbone pattern, or zig-zag effect.

This Etruscan Collar Necklace consists of two overlapping strips of Ndebele Stitch, a chain embellishment, and an attached choker clasp. The strips are overlapped so that they curve slightly along the inner edge.

The challenge, here for me, was to create a sophisticated, wearable, and attractive piece that exemplified concepts about contemporizing traditional jewelry. At about the same time I was trying to conceptualize this piece, I had been asked to lead an 8-day workshop on Jewelry Design in Cortona, Italy. I pretty quickly married my design work to this teaching opportunity, and created a workshop called “Contemporizing Etruscan Jewelry”.

Things clicked. I found an Etruscan Collar that I immediately connected with. See image below:

There is considerable artistry and craftsmanship underlying Etruscan jewelry.
I began to interpret and analyze this piece. I first broke it down in terms of its Traditional Components.

Contemporizing Traditional Jewelry has to do with how you take these particular traditional forms and techniques, and both add your personal style to the pieces, as well as make them more relevant to today’s sense of fashion and style. The challenge for the designer is how to keep traditional ideas essential and alive for today's audience.

Part of the artistry of the jewelry designer has to do with the control over color. Picking colors is about making strategic choices. And picking Bead Colors is about understanding how the bead asserts its needs for color.The jewelry designer must be strategic in the placement of color within the piece. The designer achieves balance and harmony, partly through the placement of colors. The designer determines how colors are distributed within the piece, and what movement and rhythm and effect result. And the designer determines what proportions of each color are used, where in the piece, and how.

One set of color-theories, widely used in our Etruscan Collar, employed to make these kinds of choices have to do with Simultaneity Effects. Colors in the presence of other colors get perceived differently, depending on the color combination.


In the Etruscan Collar project...

Learning Objectives :
- Creating a design-plan for a layered bead woven necklace collar
- Strategically selecting a color palette, especially in reference to "simultaneity effects"
- Implementing the Ndebele Stitch using a 4mm cube and two 2mm beads to create two strips which will later overlap
- Reinforcing the Ndebele strips
- Attaching and assembling two layers of Ndebele Stitched strips using a hybrid brick stitch/ndebele stitch technique

- Weaving in a decorative chain element along the inner boundaries of the piece, using a bookbinding stitch
- Attaching a choker clasp assembly
- Some ideas about what it means to "contemporize" a traditional piece of jewelry












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