38 Comments

Shape & Color, with Margie Deeb

June 17, 2014, 05:31 am  Posted by Lark
 

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.

 

Margie Deeb

This is the sixth in a nine-part interview with Margie.                   

Q How is shape important, Margie?

A As we wear a carefully crafted shape of beauty—for that is exactly what jewelry is—it becomes an expression and extension of who we are. Shape contributes to that expression. When you look at a piece of jewelry from a distance, its shape is the first thing you see. You can’t discern individual beads or intricate surface embellishment. Your eye immediately perceives just the essential shape.

Obsessed as bead artists are with surface embellishment, it can be tempting to minimize the importance of the shape of the jewelry we’re designing so we can get to the “good stuff,” the intricacies of stitch wizardry and surface ornamentation. When this kind of myopia is in place, design suffers. The most extraordinary beads woven into fascinating patterns amount to little if they’re part of a sloppy or confusing shape.

So I encourage everyone to fall in love with shapes: learn all you can about their movement, style, and language. Your jewelry will be more beautiful because of it.

Click on this image to link to a PDF of these pages

 

 

Q It seems color would be the most important principle for a piece of jewelry. Isn’t that the first thing people notice?                           

A Most often, yes. But it depends on the distance the jewelry is being seen from. When seen up close, color does compose the major impact of a piece. When looking at a piece of beadwork, a viewer will accept or reject it in less than 30 seconds. The colors account for 60 percent of that decision. Consider the jewelry on magazine covers: color provides the over-riding emotional tone. But when seen from a bit of a distance, even just another foot or two, it’s the shape of the jewelry that our eye immediately discerns. That’s why a whole chapter of my book is devoted to shape.

I devote another chapter to color. Our reaction to color is emotional and visceral. Our “heart” reacts strongly and we feel the response in our bodies. Likewise, the colors we choose for our jewelry elicit emotional, gut-level responses from others. Color, and color alone, can infuse your creations with the ability to astonish.

Color is critical to the artist because it’s one of the most powerful notes in your artistic voice. Your unique sense of color, cultivated and nurtured, becomes a signature of who you are.

 

 

 

Check in next Tuesday for the seventh part of my interview with Margie!

 ***

Margie Deeb is the author of five beading books. For more info about her newest one, check out http://beadersguidetojewelrydesign.com


 
 
 
 

38 Responses

    Extravoyance Voyance de Luxe says:

    Thank you for this great site, really good variegated and interesting ideas. Especially keep it up. Good luck
    Cordially

    voyance par mail
    voyance gratuite par mail

    The Ships’s Voyages

    I believe know-how just makes it worse. Now there is a channel to never treatment, now there would not become a opportunity for them to discover.

    The Ships’s Voyages

    I believe know-how just causes it to be even worse. Now there is a channel to under no circumstances care, now there will not likely be considered a prospect for them to discover.

    Woman of Alien

    Great operate you may have accomplished, this site is admittedly cool with amazing info. Time is God’s technique for trying to keep all the things from going on at once.

    Souls in the Waves

    Very good Early morning, I just stopped in to visit your internet site and imagined I’d say I liked myself.

    The Silent Shard

    This can most likely be quite handy for some of your respective work opportunities I intend to really don’t only with my blogging site but

    fue.mobi says:

    The Absent Game

    Concerning me and my husband we’ve owned far more MP3 gamers over time than I can count, including Sansas, iRivers, iPods (typical & touch), the Ibiza Rhapsody, etc. But, the last few many years I’ve settled down to one line of gamers.

    Healing’s Dragon

    to seek out difficulties to improve my web page!I suppose its ok to produce use of a handful of of the concepts!!

    car parking says:

    The Ships’s Voyages

    I feel technology just can make it worse. Now there is a channel to under no circumstances care, now there will not be a possibility for them to find out.

    The Birch of the Shadow

    I feel there may perhaps be a few duplicates, but an exceedingly handy checklist! I’ve tweeted this. Numerous thanks for sharing!

    Thorn of Girl

    Superb information could be discovered on this online blog.

    The Birch of the Shadow

    I feel there could be a several duplicates, but an exceedingly useful checklist! I’ve tweeted this. Several thanks for sharing!

    parking says:

    Woman of Alien

    Perfect do the job you’ve accomplished, this site is really cool with amazing facts. Time is God’s means of maintaining every little thing from occurring simultaneously.

    The Absent Game

    Between me and my husband we have owned extra MP3 players over time than I can count, which include Sansas, iRivers, iPods (common & touch), the Ibiza Rhapsody, etc. But, the last few decades I’ve settled down to one line of players.

    Third Flower

    My wife and that i are now delighted that Albert could carry out his studies on account of the tips he had by your web page. It can be once in a while perplexing to simply always be giving freely methods which many people might have been offering. So w…

    paypal loans says:

    The Birch of the Shadow

    I think there could be a couple duplicates, but an exceedingly handy list! I’ve tweeted this. Many thanks for sharing!

    The Ships’s Voyages

    I feel technologies just causes it to be worse. Now there is a channel to never care, now there won’t be a prospect for them to discover.

    Souls in the Waves

    Great Early morning, I just stopped in to visit your site and considered I’d say I enjoyed myself.

    Whispering Misty

    So sorry you’ll skip the workshop!

    Souls in the Waves

    Good Morning, I just stopped in to visit your internet site and believed I’d say I loved myself.

    Whispering Misty

    So sorry you may pass up the workshop!

    The Birch of the Shadow

    I feel there could be considered a couple of duplicates, but an exceedingly helpful list! I’ve tweeted this. Numerous thanks for sharing!

    house blue says:

    Third Flower

    My spouse and i are actually now delighted that Albert could carry out his research thanks to the ideas he had by way of your web page. It is actually once in a while perplexing to simply generally be giving freely ways which a number of people could h…

    Healing’s Dragon

    to locate problems to further improve my web page!I suppose its okay to help make usage of some of your respective ideas!!

    Third Flower

    My spouse and i are already now delighted that Albert could carry out his studies as a result of the concepts he had by your web content. It really is on occasion perplexing to just often be freely giving ways which a number of people could have been s…

    plan says:

    The Birch of the Shadow

    I think there may perhaps become a several duplicates, but an exceedingly helpful list! I have tweeted this. Lots of thanks for sharing!

    pay plan says:

    Thorn of Girl

    Very good information is usually uncovered on this web website.

    electricity says:

    Woman of Alien

    Fantastic perform you’ve accomplished, this website is de facto cool with wonderful information. Time is God’s technique for holding every little thing from taking place simultaneously.

    The Ships’s Voyages

    I think technological innovation just makes it even worse. Now there’s a channel to in no way treatment, now there won’t become a chance for them to find out.

    Souls in the Waves

    Good Early morning, I just stopped in to go to your internet site and assumed I would say I loved myself.

    The Silent Shard

    This tends to possibly be really beneficial for many of your work I want to do not only with my web site but

    Whispering Misty

    So sorry you will skip the workshop!

    The Silent Shard

    This will likely likely be rather helpful for a few of your positions I plan to you should not only with my website but

    Thorn of Girl

    Superb data could be found on this world wide web weblog.

    do you agree says:

    Whispering Misty

    So sorry you can miss the workshop!

    Have you ever thought about including a little bit more
    than just your articles? I mean, what you say is fundamental and everything.
    But imagine if you added some great graphics
    or video clips to give your posts more, “pop”!
    Your content is excellent but with pics and clips, this website could certainly be one of the greatest
    in its field. Excellent blog!

    I simply couldn’t go away your web site before suggesting that I really loved the usual info a person provide
    in your guests? Is going to be again steadily to check out new posts

    It’s best to take part in a contest for top-of-the-line blogs on the web. I’ll advocate this site!

Leave a Reply