Is it possible to be in love with a book? This is one that I have been pouring though for the last few weeks. It's so inspiring! Beadwork Inspired by Art: Art Nouveau Jewelry and Accessories from Judith Durant and Jean Campbell features 12 projects inspired by the designs of Art Nouveau. Each project has been inspired by a design from the time period, not only paintings but the architecture too which adds depth to some very interesting jewelry elements. Along with the projects, they write about the art work that inspired the piece and offer all sorts of helpful hints and tips along the way.
The projects focus on beadwork, but there are also designs for wire-wrapping and stringing. Most of the beadwork projects are smaller components that would be easy for a beginner to follow along and learn some of the basic techniques. The beaded vase inspired by Gustav Klimt's painting, "The Embrace" is simply amazing!
This would be a great book to use for inspiration. Like our monthly challenges, I'd love to go through each project and create my own design from the Art Nouveau art work. If you look for bead books that offer much more than a how-to, this is one to add to your collection!