Winter Means Time For Sketching, Designing and Beading

Winter brings the cold and dark to my part of the world. For me, it also brings time to rework my studio organization, redo my shelves, clean out the clutter and clear the decks for new design ideas. To find new inspiration for this newly cleaned deck, I also make the time to kick back a bit, read through a few fashion magazines and watch the red carpet events to see what trends are out and working (or not!). And if I enjoy some ice cream now and again, that’s okay, too!

a look out my office window

a look out my office window, c.2015

January is also a great time to get caught up on the issues of Beadwork and Stringing I missed thanks to all the busy-ness of the holidays. These wonderful jewelry titles not only soothe my soul and take me away for a bit; they also always inspire ideas that help connect the dots in the percolating jewelry design concepts I’ve sketched out.

sketches of a few designs in process

sketches of a few designs in process

Here is an example of one design path in process:
1. Check out the runways and award shows.
A hot design trend on the Golden Globes red carpet was bold and colorful earrings, like we can see here in Lorraine Schwartz’s emerald and diamond earrings worn by Laverne Cox.

Laverne Cox wearing emerald and diamond earrings, by Lorraine Schwartz. Photo credit, Pret-a-Reporter

Laverne Cox wearing emerald and diamond earrings, by Lorraine Schwartz. Photo credit, Pret-a-Reporter

2. Review fashion magazines and websites.
Fashion is showing: leather everywhere; chains on handbags and other accessories; flowers; bold colors; and brooches. Sparkle and high contrast made the list, too, and mostly in black/white/mirror.

Bold and beautiful brooches from the runway

Bold and beautiful brooches from the runway

3. Look for new ways to combine materials.
Enter the Winter issue of Stringing magazine, which hit the nail on the head with top trends. There’s a feature that shares the work of 6 different designers who put their spin on the high-contrast and sparkle trend, with necklace ideas using chain, wire, mirrored and reflective beads and components, as well as crystal clear elements.

"Cool Reflections," by Debbie Blair. Stringing, Winter issue

“Cool Reflections,” by Debbie Blair. Stringing, Winter issue

In this issue there’s also a great series of designs that make great use leather. The series include necklaces, bracelets, a key chain, and some very cool luggage tags.

"Wanderer", luggage tag by Kristina Hahn Eleniak. Stringing, Winter issue

“Wanderer”, luggage tag by Kristina Hahn Eleniak. Stringing, Winter issue

Next up, the Beadwork December/January issue. In this issue there are woven designs stitched to leather, a bold brick-stitch bracelet (bold in shape as well as color) and a fabulous Cindy Holsclaw bracelet made using mirrored elements, which were captured and woven together with circular peyote stitch, right-angle weave, and netting thrown in for good measure.

"Galactic Gaze Bracelet," by Cindy Holsclaw, Beadwork, Dec/Jan issue

“Galactic Gaze Bracelet,” by Cindy Holsclaw, Beadwork, Dec/Jan issue

4. Get to work!
On the list for me to still do is translate all this inspiration, then see what comes from my own hands. Look for something on that soon!

Meanwhile, maybe you were already inspired by the pages in these great magazine issues and have something you can share with us? If so, please post your images and design concepts at beadingdaily.com. If you’re not a current subscriber you are missing out! Take advantage of the subscription sale going on now, so you can keep up with the latest trends – maybe even before they hit the red carpet.

Until next time, happy beading!

blue_tammy

 

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