Discover the Beauty of Beadwork Designer Cecil Rodriguez’s Soul
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
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.
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.
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.
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!”
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!
Managing Editor, Beadwork magazine
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