Inspirations from Mathematics
As a big geek, I sometimes get a little too carried away with my descriptions of the different kinds of geometric structures. To make these concepts easier to grasp, I recently wove some prisms, dipyramids, and the Platonic solids out of bugle beads so that I can relate several more complicated beaded designs to these basic versions. (Gerlinde Lenz pioneered this style of beaded beads with bugles, and made a much more impressive collection of them that you can see here.)
Can you tell which two Platonic solids are depicted below?
I'll also talk about some of my design philosophies, such as how changes in symmetry can lead to several different variations on one beaded bead...
...and how the interplay between flat and three-dimensional elements can lead to different designs altogether, or even a matched set of jewelry.
I'll give many beaded examples for the five Platonic solids as well as the prisms and dipyramids, as several wonderful bead artists have again graciously allowed me to use images of their work in this talk. I'll also have plenty of examples of my own work on-hand to examine in person.
Inspirations from Science
The second half of this talk is on science-inspired beadwork, which has grown considerably since the last time I gave this talk. Not only will I discuss topics such as beaded DNA...
...but also chemical structures such as this beaded molecule of caffeine...
...as well as several other science-inspired beadwork designs that I haven't previously discussed online.
Bead Dreams News!
However, if you attend my presentation on April 20, you might get to see a sneak peak ;)
My presentation will be at the monthly meeting of the San Diego Bead Society, which meets at 10 AM on the third Saturday of every month in the Mingei International Museum in beautiful Balboa Park. Parking is free but can be tricky if there's an event in the park, or if it's just a particularly sunny day, so give yourself plenty of time. I'd love to see you there!