Wrong side out is right

Miranda on PCDaily

Argentina’s Flavia Miranda puts flat cane slices (Cernit) together in an unusual way. As you fly through photos on the web, sometimes a simple, carefree piece stops your eye.

It’s her playful, unselfconscious construction that intrigues. Isn’t that wrong side out? Why is the thread showing? The disks overlap and bunch.

As you can see on Flavia’s Facebook pages here and here, bunching the beads and integrating the stringing materials are all part of her vibe. How great she looks wearing a similar piece in her profile picture.

When your eye yells Whoa!, it pays to stop and investigate.

 

 

Juxtaposition in polymer

Jeanine van der Linde's big angular beads, aluminum and polymer

The Netherlands’ Jeanine van der Linde (Argilo) makes her big dark polymer beads look warm next to the chunks of aluminum tube in her latest work.

The polymer has a rich mottled patina that contrasts with the hard aluminum spacers.

Is it the jaunty angles bumping into each other that gives the necklace its energy?

Go to Jeanine’s Flickr and Facebook pages to follow her. She likes to experiment.

Stripes that sizzle

Blackburn on PCDaily

This striped free-form hollow bead necklace from London’s Carol Blackburn certainly brightens our week!

Carol has an absolutely magical and ingenious way of creating these patterns. She often cuts and reassembles simple stripes into more complex geometric forms (see her Chop and Change workshop) but the stripes also look gorgeous on their own.

See examples of her stripe manipulations on Flickr and catch up with her latest on Facebook.

Back to geometry

Minne-Khou on PCDaily

This Geometrik neckpiece from France’s Florence Minne-Khou represents the tip of a pyramid-shaped iceberg. There’s a trend emerging that takes us back to geometry class.

Florence usually likes curves and the sharp cuts represented a challenge. The possibilities make it worth the effort.

Look at the way the light changes the color on each surface. See more of her experiments on Facebook and her blog.

if the move toward geometry makes your brain buzz, you might want to look at Nikolina Otrzan and Dana Phamova for a couple more examples.

 

Wintery warmth

Schwery on PCDaily

Switzerland’s Justyne Schwery continues our circle theme. Her disks are painted, crackled and distressed for a wintery, worn effect with dashes of collaged colors. The graceful domes connect and overlap each other.

Justyne gravitates to subtle, muted palettes that you can sample on Flickr and Facebook. Her colors are calm and soothing, meant to coordinate with denim and comfy sweaters. They’re perfect for the chill of the coming weekend.

Has your palette been affected by the season?

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