Kris Empting-Obenland

Kris Empting-Obenland
Kris Design for special people
I'm a guest of the research team of Contemporary Geometric Beadwork.
Beads are my passion. I like to compare them with Lego: you can build anything with beads. I'm using different stitching techniques depending on the construction I want to achieve. Otherwise it's just thread and beads - seed beads mainly - that help me bring my fantasies to life.
I draw a lot of inspiration from geometry. I love how repeating strong geometric shapes over and over again creates organic textures and optics.
IKOSA
Plastic beads, seed beads, thread
2019
There are two mathematically relevant aspects about this design.
1- Geometry: Dedicating my this year's work to triangles icosahedra are a logical consequence that can't be left out!
2- Arithmetic: I incorporated a number of primes into this piece. There are 19 icosahedra featuring 17 colors, together with black&white it's 19 colors. The appearence of each color on the icosa-balls amounts to 2 and 3 including 3 singles.
GEARWHEEL
Plastic beads, thread
2019
A ribbon of triangles forms an "endless" spiral. That's the basic construction of this colorful bracelet. The gaps between the spiral's loops are closed with additional pairs of triangles.