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.
Ruffled Collar
Delica Beads
2019
The Ruffled Collar and the hyperloop bangle are both curved surfaces generated by the movement of a straight line.

Both pieces began with a peyote start and by using multiple increases they turned into hyperbolic curves. Springy and full of tension.
Photo by Kate McKinnon
Hyperloop Bangle
Delica Beads
2019
The Ruffled Collar and the hyperloop bangle are both curved surfaces generated by the movement of a straight line.

Both pieces began with a peyote start and by using multiple increases they turned into hyperbolic curves. Springy and full of tension.