Take a Creative Journey with Margie Deeb

July 01, 2014, 05:45 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.


This is the eighth in a nine-part interview with the author.

Q In Chapter 8: The Creative Journey, you discuss fear and doubt. How come, Margie? Isn’t beading all about having fun and being creative?

A All truly creative pursuits are accompanied by some degree of fear or doubt. Fear and doubt are evidence of being challenged. I’ve never completed a project in my life in which I haven’t doubted myself, sometimes for a few moments, and other times severely.



I don’t see or hear enough discussion out there about fear, doubt, and failure (which is also part of the process). And because of that, people new to design get the message that if they doubt themselves, it proves they aren’t capable. I hate those consequences. It’s so important to accept the process. And the process includes fear, doubt, and failure. In the book I present the most effective ways I know to deal with them.

If someone doesn’t experience fear or doubt while executing a creative project, that person isn’t challenging themselves. He or she isn’t pushing out of the comfort zone.

One of the most exciting sections of this chapter addresses finding your artistic voice. I designed a worksheet to help you clarify your motivation and strengths. This will be so valuable to anyone, regardless of their skill level.



Q You include brief interviews with Sherry Serafini, Frieda Bates, Marcia DeCoster, Barbara Becker Simon, Jamie Cloud Eakin, Heidi Kummli, Diane Fitzgerald and Robin Atkins. How did you select these artists, and what are the interviews about?

A The most powerful way to become a master at any art form, including jewelry design, is to structure your creative process. Honing our creative process is something we all must do as artists. And it differs for every artist. I talk a little about mine and how I manage my energy and time. I wanted to present other artists’ methods as well, so I chose prolific artists who I consider masters. It was such fun reading how others work! And it both validated some of my own practices, and inspired me to try new ones.


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Check in next Tuesday for the last segment of this interview with Margie!


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


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