Kathy King Jewelry
Cary, NC/ USA
I create unique wearable sculpture by weaving together colorful glass beads using an original technique I developed called bead quilling. Bead quilling enables me to create striking architectural shapes that are sturdy yet light-weight. I combine my bead quilling designs with my beaded beads, where I weave small beads together to form larger, more intricate beads. Inspiration for my designs comes from geometric and architectural patterns seen throughout history. I then allow the beads themselves to help form the final designs, playing with the colors and shapes of the individual beads chosen.
Materials: glass beads, thread, gold headpins
Dimensions: 27 inches long
Approximately 3,500 glass beads are woven together to create the 26 beaded beads that make up the connected necklace and bracelet set; the pieces have matching brass closures
Photo credit: Jason Dowdle