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Design and Detail: Stringer Control and Modular Design Principles


    This is an intermediate class focusing on stringer control and design.
In the class we will concentrate on using stringers to create intricate detailed patterns
on glass beads while in the flame. We'll also discuss methods that aid in promoting
individuality in our work by taking technique and design beyond our usual boundaries
and towards a more personal style.

     Part of the session I'll be showing how I manipulate fine stringers using simple tools
and techniques as well as discuss the properties of glass as it relates to the making of
stringers that hold a highly detailed pattern.

     I will also demonstrate and discuss surface design elements such as:
rhythmic pattern, negative and positive space, color, scale and proportion, texture,
bead shape and its relationship to the design and modular pattern development.
I use modular development in many of my beads as a means of creating a complex design
within a simple framework. I will demonstrate step-by-step how I achieve this in my beads.

About me:

     Working out of my studio in Austin, TX, I have been a professional artist my entire
working career. With a background in painting, art history, ceramics, textiles, jewelry and
finally glass, my work melds all of these disparate disciplines into my creative work.
I draw inspiration from a variety of cultural and historical traditions and incorporate
them into my glass beads.
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