Laura Shea loves creating complex polyhedral structures from
beads and thread. Her work explores classic geometric forms-whole and
partial frame polyhedra, regular tilings and tessellations. She
connects the component forms at contiguous polygonal faces to create
chains and complex polyhedral structures. The open networks of tilings
and frame polyhedra provide a magical space for light to play with glass.
“Coloring within the Lines (of a Sierpinski square snowflake) ”
2008, Swarovski ® crystal beads and monofilament, 6.5 " X 6.5"
Three dimensional representation of the interior of the
two-dimensional outline of a Sierpinski Square Snowflake using connected
bead frame truncated octahedra and great rhombicuboctahedra.
2008, Japanese seed beads (matte and translucent) size 11, various threads, 60 " x 2"
“ Pippa's Lariat ”
Three dimensional angle stitched chain of alternating color
pattern dodecahedra ending in two bead combinations: one formed with a
dodecahedron and truncated icosahedron encapsulated in a partial great
rhombicosidodecahedron embellished with cubes and the other, with a
great rhombicuboctahedron connected by cubes to truncated octahedra.
2007, Swarovski ® crystal beads, gold charlotte beads (size 13) and
crystal fireline, 18"x 3"
“ Heart o' Beads Necklace ”
Double-sided bead heart in 3-bead-per-side triangle stitch, with
small double-sided heart toggle and chain of single-bead triangle stitch.
2004, 22" chain, Swarovski ® crystal beads, monofilament, sterling chain
“ Add-a-Bead Truncated Icosahedra ”
Ten color patterns of bead frame truncated icosahedra
2004, Japanese seed beads (metallic size 11) and nymo thread, 6" x 6"
“ Repeating Stars Mandala ”
Hexagonal star done in 3-bead-per-side triangle.