Beadwork from Another
dimension sculptural jewelry, one-of-a-kind art
Over the past 20 years I have worked to develop a style of
woven beadwork that celebrates form and function, manifested as both wearable
jewelry and sculpture. The work is
extremely intricate and labor intensive in nature, with each bead stitched in
place one or two at a time. There
is no use of glue or adhesive; every element is attached to the next using
needle and thread.
In addition to the small glass seed beads that comprise a
large percentage of the work, I also work with other unique materials such as
custom cut semiprecious stones, shells, glass eyes, computer parts, leather and
hardware components. The dichotomy
of delicate beadwork with more striking elements creates a unique complexity
and conceptual nature to the work.
In many ways, beadwork has been an under appreciated art
because the concept of “beads” is most commonly associated with simple, strung
jewelry. Over time I have learned
to build highly structured and geometrically based forms using tiny individual
beads, most of which are approximately 1mm in diameter. Average time spent on each piece varies
with size and complexity, but to give you a sense of the labor involved, most
of the 3-4 inch sculptural pieces take at least 40 hours to complete and some
of the larger jewelry pieces take up to 200 hours to complete.
The theme of “eyes” is a reoccurring theme in much of my
work, and actually draws upon ancient traditions in beadwork dating back over
6,000 years. Image of the eyes
were and continue to be used in body adornment as a form of protection for the
wearer. While initially an
unsettling image, the eyes are actually an icon of good luck and fortune. By using both glass doll’s eyes and
antique human prosthetics, I have found I have been able to add sense of life
to the work.
It is my wish that by recontextualizing beads in these
intricate and structural forms, I can help to reinvent the ancient tradition of
beads and beadwork in both body adornment and unique sculptural objects.
Just a small selection of the pieces I have made over the past 20 years . . .
Psilomalene Mace Pendant (2009) Yellow Fluorite Eye Flower Creature (2011)
Wonderstone Cuff Bracelet (2010) Print Stone Creature Cuff (2012)
Sea Urchin Ring (2010) Green Fluorite Eyeball Flower Creature (2008)
Geodesic Crystal Dome (2008) Primitive Origins Collar (1999)
Pokeweed Necklace (2009) Crystal Burst Bracelet (2002)
Psilomalene Mace Creature (2009) "The Eyes Have It" Necklace (2003)
Beetle Wing Choker (2009) Shark Fin Bracelet (2008)
Renaissance Revival (2012) My Boots (2012)
Tiger's Eye Spiked Bracelet (2007) Computer Circuitry Board Bracelet (2009)
Sonoran Sunrise Eiffel Tower Bracelet (2009) Blue Goldstone Eye Mace (2010)
Feather Eye Mace Creature (2009)