The soon-to-be-released book The Beader’s Guide to Jewelry Design, written by Margie Deeb, teaches you to design your own creations by paying attention to unity, scale, proportion, balance, rhythm, shape, pattern, texture, movement, drape, and color. You’ll explore the interaction of jewelry and the body: how it moves, how it drapes, how it guides the viewer’s eye to complement–or clash–with different body sizes and wardrobe. The concepts presented are supported by photos, illustrations, before-and-after examples, and challenges. Tips from today’s leading jewelry designers in polymer clay, beads, precious metal clay, ceramic, and wire teach you how to take your ideas and refine them into extraordinary, wearable jewelry.
- Discover why a piece of jewelry is visually appealing.
- Understand why you prefer certain styles and how to apply the concepts to achieve what you want.
- Gain confidence in using specific applications of visual and aesthetic principles.
- Be inspired to grow and express more of yourself and your unique visions of beauty.
This is the first in a nine-part interview (we’re keeping it bite-size!) with the author.
Q What made you decide to write this book?
A As with all my books, I’ve written a book that I want to read. There’s been nothing published that focuses deeply on aesthetic principles of design for jewelry artists. This book is my answer to that lack. And like my other books, it makes exploring abstract concepts quite fun. It’s a thrilling read for anyone interested in design, not just jewelry design.
Q Is there any one thing you hope readers take away from reading the book?
A Yes, and it’s a two-part hope: inspiration and beauty. I want the reader to be inspired to design their unique versions of beauty.
I see bead artists afraid to take risks, afraid to design jewelry. I see them giving up after a couple of tries because they think they don’t have the capacity to design. I want them to catch the fire of inspiration.
I see a lot of beaded jewelry that pays little to no attention to aesthetics, and I’m hoping to inspire designers to focus on overall beauty, not just “wow” and bling factors, or technical expertise.
Q You used social media to augment the book. Will you say a little about that?
A I asked questions of readers of my newsletter and on Facebook. In this way I learned what beaders need in terms of jewelry design. Throughout the pages you’ll see the names and concerns of those who responded. It was a fun process, and I’m grateful for their input and everything I learned from them.
Q You both wrote the book and served as the designer and illustrator. You also shot much of the photography. What a huge undertaking! What was your favorite part of putting together this book?
A I’m a professional artist/designer as well as a writer, so handling all aspects was a joy. I loved every bit of it. If I had to choose one part over all, it would be drawing the illustrations. I wish I could include more illustrations.
Q The book contains almost 200 photos of jewelry made by some 70 artists. How did you choose them?
A I searched online and in books for jewelry that clearly illuminates concepts I explore in the text. I also commissioned pieces from artists, giving them guidelines for the concept I was presenting. Almost all of the “Challenge Yourself” sections involved commissions.
Click here for a sneak peek at the first few pages of the book, and check in next Tuesday for the second part of my interview with Margie!
Margie Deeb is the author of four other books. For more info about her new one, check out http://beadersguidetojewelrydesign.com