Discover the Beauty of Beadwork Designer Cecil Rodriguez’s Soul

Discover the Beauty of Beadwork Designer Cecil Rodriguez’s Soul

Cecil Rodriguez

Cecil Rodriguez is a designer for Bead Master. She’s originally from Medellín, Colombia, but now lives in New York City. Cecil believes that “jewelry should reveal the beauty of the wearer’s soul.” Her Es-o Express Cuff is featured in the Winter 2018 issue of Quick + Easy Beadwork. Learn what inspires Cecil’s work, and discover her best beading advice for other designers.

ABOVE IMAGE: Cecil’s Es-o Express Cuff and Infinite Beauty necklace, Quick + Easy Beadwork Winter 2018

Beaded Beginnings

Q: How did you get started beading?
A: An old friend asked if I could make something unique for his niece’s birthday. I was up for the challenge, and I made a necktie with pearls using a basic version of right-angle weave. It pays to experiment!

Q: What do you love about bead weaving?
A: I enjoy the challenges of bead weaving. This craft often pushes my jewelry design out of my comfort zone and into the third dimension.

Creative Inspiration

Q: What inspires your creativity?
A: I get inspired by beauty in nature and in people that I see in my daily life, such as my wonderful, loving children and grandchildren.

Q: Do you plan your designs in advance, or do you just let the creativity flow?
A: A bit of both. I start with a set of materials I know I want to use. Then, I play around with the materials until I have a design I like.

Discover the Beauty of Beadwork Designer Cecil Rodriguez’s Soul

Cecil’s Nefertiti Necklace and Diamond Eyes Bracelet, Aug/Sep17 Beadwork

Q: How do you get out of a creative rut?
A: Depending how brave I’m feeling, either a warm bath with classical music and dim lighting — or a cold shower!

Q: How do you approach the use of color in your designs?
A: I absorb what’s around me. Inspiration could come from a cluster of bright flowers or from the old tilework in a New York City subway station.

Discover the Beauty of Beadwork Designer Cecil Rodriguez’s Soul

Cecil’s Stars in Your Eyes Bracelet and Massasauga Bracelet, Quick + Easy Beadwork 2017

Es-o Express Cuff

Q: What was the inspiration for your Es-o Express Cuff?
A: My biggest inspiration for this project was the beads themselves. The cute little Es-o Mini beads really lend themselves to banded layering. And to tell the truth, I was also flipping through an old issue of Beadwork. I saw the herringbone technique in the glossary, and I thought, “I need to try that!”

Discover the Beauty of Beadwork Designer Cecil Rodriguez’s Soul

Cecil’s Es-o Express Cuff, Quick + Easy Beadwork Winter 2018

Beading Advice

Q: Do you have any beading advice to share?
A: As I was working on the pattern for the Es-o Express Cuff, I momentarily lost track of the sequencing of the beads. After being stuck for a minute, I asked my friend Jack for help. He told me, “Listen to the beads; they will tell you where they want to go.” “Ah yes, good advice. Who told you that?” I asked. “You did!” was his response, and we both cracked up laughing. So my advice is to listen to the beads; they will tell you where they want to go!

To see more of Cecil’s work, visit her Etsy shop, Cecil Rodriguez Beads, or follow her on Facebook.

Lavon Peters
Managing Editor, Beadwork magazine


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