The Fundamentals of Jewelry Design for Bead Artists by Margie Deeb
Let's start with the structure which follows the process of jewelry design itself. Her chapters go as follows:
Focal Points & Emphasis
Jewelry and the Body
The Creative Journey
In addition to the challenges, there are many graphics through out the book that she gives us permission to copy, enlarge etc. for personal use. For example, in the chapter Shape, she has drawings that we can practice seeing how a design would look by drawing it right on the human form. In the chapter, Jewelry and the Body she includes 17 pages of images, drawings and charts of how jewelry and body shape interact . These are an invaluable resource.
One of my favorite chapters is The Creative Journey. Here Deeb addresses that universal "elephant in the room" fear and doubt, with specific, constructive suggestions. She deepens the discussion with ideas for nurturing and encouraging our creativity by showing us how to structure our creative process through her own examples and those she has gleaned from 8 other jewelry designers, many of whom you will know.
I hope I have given you enough information to see that The Beader's Guide to Jewelry Design can have an important place in your personal library. You can purchase it directly from the publisher, Lark Books, or online at Amazon, or Barnes and Noble.
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Great review. I have this book and for me it's a keeper. It's easy reading for a complex subject with many useful tips!
Sounds like an interesting read and something a bit different. Thanks Mary!
This is a wonderful book. When I did a book review on it I wrote that every beader should own it. It will make you a better designer and you will understand why.
Thank you Mary! I will check this book out!
When Margie's book arrived in my mailbox, I read it from cover to cover. I saw shape, balance and movement in totally new ways, and it's a rare day in my studio that I don't refer to its pages again and again!
Thanks for the review, Erin! And congratulations on your video class with Interweave! It sounds great!
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