WORKSHOP REGISTRATION WITH KIT
GAUDI'S STREETSCAPE BARCELONA BRACELET
Next Workshop: Friday, November 6, 2020, 10am - 4pm
When registering online, select the WILL PICK UP AT BE DAZZLED shipping option.
Frequency: Every 3 years
Instructional Fee: $45.00
Kit Fee: $64.00 (Palettes: Casa Batllo, Mount Juic, Park Guell)
Bead Weaving Interest Area
What You Will Learn:
- Adapting the Petersburg Chain Stitch in a non-traditional way
- Manipulating "shape" and "dimension" in design, through modifications in applying the Petersburg Chain Stitch and the Right Angle Weave Stitch.
- Adding sense of "movement" to piece
- Mixing 2-hole and 1-hole beads within same piece
- Attaching a clasp assembly
About the Kit...
(includes Sizes 8/0, 11/0, 15/0 Japanese seed beads, Czechmate 2-hole beads - brick shape, Swarovski crystal beads, Series 528, 4mma nd 3mm, toggle clasp, chain, jump ring, Fireline cable thread, , size #12 English beading needles)
I spent a few weeks in Barcelona, Spain, and marveled at the tile work that lined every inch of every sidewalk and many square feet of many streets. Most of it was created by Antonio Gaudi. The designs are very alive – spirals, curly cues, frenetic lines. And the streets of Barcelona are alive with people everywhere. The sun is warm, the colors both vibrant and muted – the city has a fun feel to it. And this was my inspiration.
Coupled with this intensive emotional sensibility was my desire to try out using the Petersburg Chain stitch in a nontraditional way. I wanted to use segments of chain in a lacy or filigree sense. I liked the juxtaposition of “lacy”, fluttering Petersburg Chain stitch with the harder, more defined circular peyote and right angle weave of my brick streetscape walkway.
I did not have a sketch first. Instead, I let “trial-and-error” lead my stitching paths. But once I hit on the general design, I found I had to do a lot of tweaking.
I always try to build in contemporary design principles into my pieces, which include adding movement and dimensionality to my pieces. The main task here was to determine how to connect the Petersburg Chain areas to each other and to the Streetscape skeletal structure. You will find that my solutions involved some zig-zagged thread paths, and some resolutions of directional flows.
My test piece was in black and white. As I re-did the piece and brought in color, I found I had another series of design issues to reconcile. The piece uses a 4-color palette. This will probably be the last piece I ever do with 4 colors. Very difficult to pick 4 colors, given the imperfect availability of bead colors.
The Design Perspective
The Design Perspective focuses on how the jewelry designer and bead artist make choices about...
-what to do, and not do
-what to include, and not include
-how to balance off conflicting demands between beauty and functionality.
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About Warren Feld
"Jewelry Design Is A Life Lived With Wearable Art" -- Warren Feld
For Warren Feld, Jewelry Designer, beading and jewelry making endeavors have been wonderful adventures. These adventures, over the past 31 years, have taken Warren from the basics of bead stringing and bead weaving, to wire working and silver smithing, and onward to more complex jewelry designs which build on the strengths of a full range of technical skills and experiences.
He, along with his partner Jayden Alfre Jones, opened a small bead shop in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, about 30 years ago, and called it Land of Odds. Over time, Land of Odds evolved from a bricks and mortar store into a successful internet business – www.landofodds.com . In the late 1990s, Jayden and Warren opened up another bricks and mortar bead store – Be Dazzled Beads – in a trendy neighborhood of Nashville called Berry Hill. Together both businesses supply beaders and jewelry artists with all the supplies and parts they need to make beautiful pieces of wearable art.
Warren leads a group of instructors at Be Dazzled Beads. He teaches many of the bead-stringing, jewelry design as well as business-oriented courses in the curriculum. He works with people just getting started with beading and jewelry making, as well as with the program’s advanced bead study groups.
His pieces have appeared in beading and jewelry magazines and books. One of his pieces is in the Swarovski Museum in Innsbruck, Austria.