Contemporary Geometric Beadwork Team

Joke van Biesen
Contemporary Geometric Beadwork Team
Ever since I was young I have been creating things with my hands, always supported by my parents who have encouraged me and my brother and sisters to express ourselves with all kinds of materials.

Years ago, Carol Wilcox Wells' breathtaking and overwhelming book ‘The Art and Elegance of Beadweaving’ challenged me and introduced me to the unlimited world of working with small, high-quality Japanese beads.

In 2017, my interest in geometric beadwork led to my collaboration with Kate McKinnon and the Contemporary Geometric Beadwork team. Through this collaboration, and inspired by geometry in nature, I had the opportunity to develop myself and to specialize in creating decorative designs in combination with architectural surfaces.
Triangle Bracelet with inserted hypars
Delica Beads
2018
Flat Peyote stitch triangle with several insertions of pre-made Hypars into slits opened along peyote increases.

Idea developed with the Contemporary Geometric Beadwork Team in 2017.

The triangle can appear in many ways and can be fixed into any of these attitudes. It is also wearable as a bracelet.
Triangle Bracelet with inserted hypars
Delica Beads
2018
My favorite part about this piece is its ability to completely change shape, from a flat triangle into a totally different kind of flying object.
Triangle Bracelet with inserted hypars
Delica Beads
2018
It is also wearable as a bracelet.