Claudia Furthner, Brenda Day, Kate McKinnon, Franklin Martin Jr., and Sarah Toussaint
Each of these five designers are members of the Contemporary Geometric Beadwork research team. Claudia lives in Linz, Austria and works as an educator and artist, and Brenda is a retired educator, who lives in England. Franklin Martin leads the CGB teaching team in the United States, and Sarah is from Belgium. Kate McKinnon leads the CGB team and lives in the USA. Each of these colourful pieces was designed to showcase a different aspect of our recent geometric or topological discoveries.
Claudia Furthner
PodCast Crown
2019
This crown by Claudia Furthner is a super-sized version of one of our groundbreaking casting models, a neatly folded polygon that we call a PodCast Bead. The PodCast is a topological casting form in which the only active line is that of the edge. This model has 24 sides and each side is caught in the middle with an anchor bead, which bundles the 24-gon into a neat collection of connected sticks with a fully accessible edge. Using this technique, very long (and structurally sound) lines of new beadwork can be taken intact off of the folded edge, and the entire process builds in a coherent, contained manner. PodCast Beads can sit on a small coin, but their total edge might be as long as an arm. For fun, this PodCast Crown is shown with a new start growing on it - a blue and red Rick-Rack Bangle has been begun from loops thrown out in the air from 12 of the 24 available points. This section of the crown illustrates a different new way of starting work, introduced in our first book in 2011. This method of "casting off" new lines from edges was one of our team's contributions to the field of sewn beadwork. Before the concept of casting models, new beadwork was assembled from loose beads, making it very difficult (or impossible) to create a new line that was sound from the beginning. By sizing the PodCast Bead up to a crown, the significance of the topological edge as a tool is honored.
Fibonacci Sequence of Crabs
2019
Brenda Day constructed this amazing series of hyperbolic paraboloids (hypars, or Warped Squares, as we call them in beadwork) arranged in Fibonacci sequences. They form a ring that resembles origami crabs. For extra fun, Brenda used UV-reactive beads in this piece, and we will be able to show this with a small handheld UV light on the runway.
Messenger Cycle