Onye Ndika


Lawrence, Indiana, USA


As an artist, I enjoy pondering aspects of geometric complexity in nature as well as modern & industrial design. More than anything else, I love creating with glass beads. Most of my jewelry pieces are explorations and representations of platonic & Archimedean geometry, and experiments with hydrocarbon structures such as graphene. My heart’s desire is to integrate an analytical process with my creative intuition in order to manifest high-quality, sculptural art pieces that are functional, thought-provoking, inspirational and engaging. This is simply one of the many gifts God has given to me; I believe strongly that creating this art is my life’s purpose. I want to use my creative abilities to inspire others that wish to do the same.


Image for entry 'Guilloche Flora'

Guilloche Flora

18 x 18 cm

Archival ink & pencil on isometric grid paper


Tessellation art, specifically a floral-inspired exploration of isometric symmetry. Hand-drawn with blue archival, fade-proof ink onto an isometric grid. In French, 'guilloche' is an architectural ornamentation resembling braided or interlaced ribbons. The nested floral motifs and elongated rhombuses in this drawing are inspired by guilloches. Every way that one bisects a hexagon, a beautiful flower is revealed.
Image for entry 'Anemone Ball'

Anemone Ball

4 x 4 x 4 cm

Glass seed beads: sizes 6-20; 6 lb monofilament


This orb was an experiment in hyper-layering of seed beads using netting, right-angle weave, peyote stitch, square stitch and triangle weave. At the deepest center of the sphere, the construction stems from the icosahedron. I drew inspiration from the rhombic triacontahedron. However, the finishing step created a fascinating boundary for the gunmetal (dark grey) and sapphire blue protrusions--reminding me of sea anemone--and resulting in a small rhombicosidodecahedron.