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.
TRICORN chain
seedbeads, thread
2019
Equilateral triangles being my this year's theme I made a chain of an even number of interlinked 3D elements that can be worn orderly with every element sitting upright within its two neighbours or the more chaotic style by giving the chain a twist - see picture.
TRICORN bangle
Seed beads, thread
2019
Matching the chain this bangle takes up the same shape characteristics but has more detailed patterns. It provocatively refuses to correspond the natural shape of a wrist.
FASSADE bracelet
Seed beads, thread
2015
This bracelet is made from interlinked cubes forming a spiral while switching between black and white. Each cube is selfsupporting and stiff enough to remain in accurate shape despite their neighbours' weight.