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About Karen Williams
Karen has spent the past twenty years exploring the myriad possibilities of working with fiber and beads. Her mixed media art is a celebration in color and texture of the natural world. Current work combines peyote stitch and right angle weave into abstract, organic patterns that often resemble jewelry.
Her first book, Freeform Peyote Beading, evolved from her popular workshops on the same subject.
Currently residing in Seattle, Washington, Karen tries to balance her roles as artist, author and workshop presenter.
She can be found on the web at www.skunkhillstudio.com, or her blog at baublicious.blogspot.com
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Build upon the basic techniques with quick, experimental designs that you can create in an evening. Small, personal adornments provide a great way to experiment while creating original pieces with tremendous presence completely disproportionate to their size. In-depth photo essays detail the construction process for six complete jewelry designs and the Personal Planets beaded bead tutorial act as jumping off points for further explorations. Includes earrings, rings, brooches, pendants, beaded beads and even a hair ornament. The purpose isn’t to show you how to make a particular piece, but rather how to use these designs as inspiration to see how you can develop your own original creations.
This technique is great for creating jewelry, personal adornments, ornaments, even sculptural designs - the only limit is your imagination. With a needle and thread, you’re off and running.
Whether you are already familiar with the medium, or just getting started, Chapters One and Two give a close-up, systematic look at the foundations of the technique and design.
From there, take a look at hollow forms in the shape of freeform beaded fish. Featured artist Georgia McMillan shares design ideas from her whimsical collection. Karen’s in-depth photo essay expands upon this theme, providing a closer look at the design and construction process for a three-dimensional, freeform beaded fish.
Includes in-depth photo essays detailing the construction process for five of Karen’s original designs; a closer look at the works of four featured artists from three continents: Natalia Malysheva, Cynthia Machata, Wendy Hatton and Janice Cuozzo; and a design gallery with works by additional artists working in the field.
Skill level: intermediate to advanced. Best suited for individuals comfortable with basic peyote stitch.
Then move beyond these experiments as in-depth photo essays share the design and construction process for five diverse jewelry pieces. Look at ways to expand a theme into a series of related designs with photo galleries of additional works. Finish with a look at the softer freeform ruffles of featured artist, Jennifer Porter.