Beadwork--glass matte seed beads (Japanese size 11), Silamide thread,
Composed of individual and compound frame bead polyhedra "Rainbow Lei" explores
a color progression of the spectrum. The lei consists of individual dodecahedra
('Plato beads'), truncated icosahedra ('Archimedes beads'), and twenty-five 'Eureka'
beads. The 'Eureka' beads each have an underlying truncated icosahedron serving
as the matrix for twelve dodecahedra growing from the pentagonal faces of the
truncated icosahedron. A chain of dodecahedra form the pentagonal loop and bar
toggle. The single-needle thread path through each polyhedron is a continuous
"Totally Polyhedron Lariat"
Beadwork--glass seed beads with metallic coating (Japanese size 11),
Nymo thread, and 3mm crystal bicone beads.
, Length--52 inches
A lariat of bead polyhedra including: a chain of dodecahedra ending in
morphed and regular truncated icosahedra, dodecahedra, truncated
octahedra and great rhombicuboctahedra embellished with each other,
cubes and woven polygons; each polyhedron sharing a polygonal face with
"Triangle Wave Bracelet"
Beadwork--matte and silver lined glass seed beads (Japanese size 11),
Fireline, sterling bar clasp.
18. Dimensions 1.5" wide by 9" long, 2005
The bracelet has a base of angle-stitching in the regular triangle
tiling with waves of additional tiling rows of triangle stitch as
Laura Shea is Beadwork Artist, Instructor and Bead Seller
Statement about my art:
"My work explores simple and complex two and three dimensional geometric
forms using beads and thread in a variety of sizes and materials. I
specialize in "angle-stitching". The three regular tilings (square,
triangle, and hexagon) can be interpreted in specific styles of bead
netting known as right angle weave, triangle stitch and hexagonal
stitch. Most semi-and demi-regular tessellations can also be beaded.
Angle-stitching can be two-dimensional (flat) or three-dimensional and
I enjoy the irony of working in highly symmetric forms with
materials (glass and leaded crystal beads) that are essentially
chaotic plastics made of silica and ash transformed by fire. I love
executing continuous spiral thread paths through my beadwork as
nature's energy through matter or our DNA through our bodies."