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The Art of Beadwork: Historic Inspiration, Contemporary Design
Written by renowned jewelry designer Valerie Hector, this book introduces readers to the quality, diversity, and artistry of beadwork from around the world, from ancient to modern. Rather than providing instructions for simply copying designs, this book teaches beaders to translate one or more of a piece's characteristics—color, design, technique, and dimensionality—into i ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Potter Craft
(first published January 1st 2003)
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As a historical sampler, "The Art of Beadwork" takes the reader on a satisfying, if light, tour of some of the great beading civilizations of history both ancient and recent, from the earliest archaeological evidence of beads in pre-history to the modern artistry of India, China, and Africa. However, in each section, a different artist was asked to create a seed-bead project, with patterns and instructions, "inspired by" the historical style of beadwork covered. While the projects indeed are wel ...more
Interesting historical beads and beautiful modern pieces inspired by them. With the historical pieces, it provides the reader with a bit of history of beading. It includes a instructions and designs a more advanced bead artist can recreate. Recommended reading.