Laura Shea

Artist
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Parker, CO
I love creating complex polyhedral structures from beads and thread. My work explores classic geometric forms-whole and partial frame polyhedra, regular tilings and tessellations. I connect the component forms at contiguous polygonal faces to create chains and complex polyhedral structures. The open networks of tilings and frame polyhedra provide a magical space for light to play with glass that delights me.
Oriented Six
Angle Stitching Beadwork
2013
Great Rhombicosahedron sprouting eight truncated icosahedra with color patterns centered on sixes.
Bead Iterations I
Angle Stitching Beadwork
2014
Thirty open framework bead dodecahedra with one blue bead each to become a hanging where each dodecahedron is positioned so that each blue bead sits at one of thirty different positions. The idea came from the article I wrote for Bridges 2013 where I considered various potential methods of creating color edge patterns in the truncated icosahedron. Working out the first iteration was a much less daunting task if I used the dodecahedron which has only 30 edges rather than the truncated icosahedron with 90 edges. I also created more new patterns for the dodecahedron. Just as writing the article made me see the bucky ball from the perspective of six I also began to see threes and fours in the dodecahedron.