Hi--I'm a beadweaver located in Panama City, FL. Here I'm trying to put down where my ideas are headed, and what I'm working on creatively. You can see more of my work at emiliepritchard.com
Monday, March 17, 2014
I've been thinking about Ruth Asawa and her work. If you're not familiar with it, you can find it at ruthasawa.com. She made gorgeous sculptural shapes out of knitted wire (although I keep seeing it described as crocheted, surely it's Viking knit). Often there are spheres or cones interlocked with other spheres or cones. That's what I wanted to play with. It's made me realize, more than I had, how much geometry is in her work, to get smooth curves and progressions. This was my first attempt at interlocked spheres. I wish I could overlap them more, but since in my spheres there are fewer points of entry than in a knitted structure, there were limits to where I could make one sphere go inside another. For example, I couldn't pass through a 5-bead circle, because the hole in the middle isn't big enough to get a bead through it. I had to just use the 6-bead circles. And if I had done my interlock through the next row of circles, the 2 green balls would have bumped into each other in the middle of the turquoise ball. I have some ideas about getting around these problems, but that's for future work. The 2 outer spheres are based on the 90 bead buckyball, but modified to "sprout" a tube at one end. The 1 in the middle is a 120 bead sphere. Following my usual path, now I'm working on another version that's a bit less symmetrical.