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.
GUSTAV K.
Seed beads, thread
2019
Gustav Klimt, my favourite Austrian painter, would have turned 101 this year (which is a prime btw...). In his honour I played with triangles featuring my interpretation of his characteristic patterns and colours. Klimt is using all sorts of geometric shapes in his work. Different types of triangles, circles, squares, rectangles, straight and curved lines. His shapes are never executed in a geometrically accurate way though. I took up this effect by using seed beads for my necklace instead of cylinder beeds which gives the piece a textile-like look and the vivid texture of Klimt's paintings.
So this seems to perfectly span the bridge between math and art....
TOPOLO
Cylinder glass beads, thread
2019
Equilateral triangles wish to be grouped by 6 to be able to lie flat in circles. Assembling only 5 of them makes nice little domes that add more texture to the topology.
This cuff is made from 15 domes creating interesting negative spaces and a light weight and vivid structure.
GEARWHEEL II
Cylinder glass beads, thread
2019
A ribbon of black and white triangles forms an "endless" spiral. That's the basic construction of this bracelet. The gaps between the spiral's loops are closed with additional pairs of golden triangles.