Artists Inspiring Other Artists: 3 Examples

Today's guest editor is Danielle Fox, the editor of Stringing, Beads 2008, and Bead Star magazines and the author of the new book Simply Modern Jewelry (Interweave, 2008). 

Artists Inspiring Other Artists

by Danielle Fox

In my editor’s letter in the Summer issue of Stringing, I mention how a comment from Beth Garbo, owner of Mystic, Connecticut’s You’ve GOT to be Beading, struck a chord with me: "Our customers love Stringing magazine—it’s awesome to see them inspired by other artists." It made me realize that the magazine really is about artists inspiring other artists. And that realization made me think about how I’ve been inspired to make projects because of something I saw in Stringing or other publications and how other people have been inspired by my work. 

Some people stick to the exact recipe for projects they see in beading publications, especially beginners who are still trying to master techniques, let alone experiment with beads. That’s why at Stringing, we’re so diligent about listing resource information for as many materials used in a project as possible. It’s when people start experimenting, though—whether by necessity (beads are sold out, no resource is given, beads used are vintage, etc.) or purposely (they don’t like the original colors used, the project sparked a different idea, etc.) —that things get interesting!

If you’ve been inspired by Stringing, I invite you to send a picture of your design to me at [email protected]. We have a very underused gallery portion of our website devoted to showcasing just such work!

Don’t be shy—share!  We need to keep the creative pool fluid.

Example 1:  Spiny Knotted Bracelet

I saw Stephanie Sersich’s demo of her Spiny Knotted Bracelet at the Portland Bead Expo in April—she made it look so easy, I couldn’t wait to make my own! This project is featured in Stephanie’s new book, Designing Jewelry with Glass Beads.  Stephanie’s bracelet is a great project, I found, for using up extra daggers and teardrop beads in my stash.

Example 2:  Summer Bracelet


Here’s a great example (a comparison that, I must admit, is made at my own expense!): Heather Powers, a talented polymer clay bead artist whose beads I used in a bracelet in Stringing, recently e-mailed me a picture of a bracelet she made that was inspired by my bracelet. Heather's version includes purple polymer clay rondelles, smoky quartz, wood beads from Michaels, and a pewter lotus pendant from Green Girl Studios.  I readily admit it puts my bracelet to shame! Which is wonderful—now her version will inspire others! And so on and so on!

Example 3:  Renaissance Charm

I love how Beadwork's editor in chief, Marlene Blessing, used green crystals with natural brass findings in her version of Renaissance Charm bracelet, which was first published in Easy Wire 2007.  Marlene will teach this bracelet project on the television show, Beads Baubles & Jewels (Episode 809).  Now you can try your own version of this project!  I'd love to see what you come up with!

Free Project:  Renaissance Charm by Danielle Fox
Create a fast and fabulous charm bracelet by simply attaching charms, rings, and/or beads of your choice (here the stars are gorgeous rings by Christi Anderson of Elemental Adornments) to chain using jump rings and wrapped loops.


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