June/July 2017 Beadwork: Right Brain vs. Left Brain Thinking
Being an artist my whole life, I’ve always thought of myself as a right-brained individual. However, after years in the workforce, I’ve come to realize that my left brain and right brain are constantly in a struggle for dominance. While I have a knack for creative tasks such as planning an issue of the magazine and reviewing beaded project submissions, I also thrive on the more business-like duties that require organization and structure.
So it comes as no surprise that the beautiful projects that fill the pages of this issue satisfy both sides of my brain! My analytical left brain is drawn to the geometric, structured designs, such as the symmetrical focal and patterned strap of Melissa Grakowsky Shippee’s Troika Collar; the repeating pattern in Svetlana Chernitsky’s Rolling Waves Bracelet; and the geometric shapes in Debora Hodoyer’s Quatrefoil Kite Earrings.
The creative, intuitive right brain in me appreciates the more organic projects, such as the tubular peyote-stitched rope on Agnieszka Watts’s Forest Whisper Necklace; the petite floral designs in Kassie Shaw’s Zinnia Profusion Cuff; and the almost painterly look of Carolyn Cave’s Trinity Pendant.
The same can be said for the Fast & Fabulous section of jewelry designs, which highlights metal-stamped projects (page 65). The act of stamping takes a bit of preplanning and precision, but the creative possibilities are endless when you choose to personalize a design with a stamped component. And regardless of which half of your brain is more dominant, you’ll find our Expanded Guide to Shaped Beads to be informative and inspiring. We’ve updated it to include dozens of shaped beads currently on the market.
So grab your sticky notes, mark your favorites, and let your left and right brains fight it out for which project to dig into first!
What’s Cookin’ in the Beadwork Office?
The 2017 Collector’s Edition of Favorite Bead Stitches is bursting with projects featuring all your favorite stitches: herringbone, peyote, brick, right-angle weave, netting, and more. On newsstand now or at www.interweave.com.
Editor, Beadwork Magazine
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