Beadazzled, Where Beads and Inspiration Meet


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  • Beadazzled, Where Beads and Inspiration Meet by Penelope Diamanti
  • Photography by William L. Allen
  • Inspiring and comprehensive guide to the exciting field of beaded jewelry
  • Exploring design, color, materials, and influences from Africa and Asia
  • Hardcover, 208 pages with 185 stunning, large, full color photographs
  • Bibliography and Index
  • This essential survey of the bead renaissance of the 20th and early 21st Century will delight artists, designers, collectors, and historians interested in beads and/or personal adornment.
  • William L Allen, former Editor in Chief of National Geographic, created 185 dazzling photographs especially for this book. In the introduction Penelope Diamanti weaves the fascinating history of beads together with her own and other designers’ experiences and insights.
  • Seven chapters organize the work by materials, cultural influences, and construction techniques. Gemstones features magnificent jewelry made of semi-precious stone beads.
  • The Africa and Asia chapters are infused with the mystery and diversity of these cultures. Nature highlights the freshness and appeal of jewelry created with organic materials.
  • Fiber and Metal explore new twists in texture and structure. Contempo serves up a visual feast of designs created with modern art glass as well as an eclectic mix of found objects.