Little Tapestries - Ghindia
Pendant Choker Necklace
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LITTLE TAPESTRIES - GHINDIA pendant choker
necklace interweaves brass, austrian crystal and japanese glass beads.
This piece was inspired by a cyber visit to an art show in India,
show-casing contemporary Asian and African artists. I was struck by
several tapestry pieces in the show. There was a fluid weightiness
in their textiles and textures, and a wonderfully uplifting mix and
interplay of golds and vivid colors.
challenge here was how to duplicate the sensibility of the artwork
I had viewed, and translate this into something wearable. It had to
flow and drape. I wanted it to feel and look like cloth, but at the
same time build in a lot of metal.
also wanted to direct and redirect light. Some beads are positioned
on their sides. Some vary in shape, faceted, surface texture or size.
All are positioned tightly within a vertical and horizontal grid,
yet still undulate somewhat, in spite of the physical boundaries.
make the whole piece come together, I used what is called the Square
Stitch in beadweaving. To allow a fluid, smooth, draping, I created
the equivalent of a hinging system between each vertical column of
beads. I brought my stringing material into the fore, making my "canvas"
part of the artwork itself. This allowed me to create an exciting
dichotomy between very rigidly organized spaces and seemingly chaotic
oxidized brass necklace chain allows this piece to be adjustable,
between 16 and 19". The clasp is a simple hook and eye clasp.
piece is meant to be worn close to the neck. However, it can easily
function as a longer piece, as well.
LITTLE TAPESTRIES - GHINDIA piece is
a one of a kind. If you would like something similar, we can work
together to design it.
As shown: $7000.00
for Similarly Designed Pieces:
(will vary a little bit, depending on choice of materials)
with nonprecious metals
$10,000.00 to $15,500 with precious metals
Tapestries/Ghindia" — was juried into the
book SHOWCASE 500 BEADED JEWELRY, Lark Publications.
August 2012, listed on Amazon.com at http://amzn.to/z6tZH2
This book gathers photographs of 500 of the most breathtaking beaded
jewelry designs created in recent years. The techniques the beaders
employ are as varied as the aesthetic sensibilities they bring to
their gorgeous creations and include beadweaving in every stitch imaginable,
embroidery, quilling, loom weaving, and kumihimo braiding, as well
as basic stringing, simple wirework, and fine metalwork. Sometimes,
a bead maker’s focal piece simply is set in a straightforward,
unpretentious, and beautiful design.Virtually all of the world’s
most famous beaders who make jewelry have pieces included –
including Carol Wilcox Wells, Diane Fitzgerald, Marcia DeCoster, Jamie
Cloud Eakin, Huib Petersen, Paulette Baron, Sabine Lippert, Sherry
Serafini, Margie Deeb, Maggie Meister, Melanie Potter, Ann Tevepaugh
Mitchell, Laura McCabe, Suzanne Golden, Jean Campbell, Rachel Nelson-Smith,
Eva Dobos, and many more – but we also present work from many
artists who have never been published before. All together, this extensive,
international, and fabulous survey of 500 pieces includes work from
nearly 300 artists from 30 countries and reveals the striking vision
and ambition of today’s beading community.
--- Warren Feld