Onye Ndika

Fishers, 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.

Blastula 120
Blastula 120
3 x 3 x 3 cm
Glass seed beads (size 8-20), Czech glass beads (4mm)

Experimental exploration of repetitive layering, using triangle weave, right angle weave, peyote stitch and netting. The resulting sphere is analogous to the rhombic triacontahedron. However, instead of constructing the rhombuses at those locations, cavities were intentionally created in an oceanic colorway, giving the aesthetic of a blastula. In contrast, a natural blastula is known to be hollow, but the cavities create 42 points of entry where glimpses of the inner layering can be seen.

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.