This year's Bead Dreams competition featured a new design category: wirework. The jaw-dropping caliber of the entries we received told us that the change was much appreciated in the wirework community, a suspicion that was further confirmed when Beaducation lined up to be a sponsor of the category. Earlier this month, Beaducation began posting a series of blogs interviewing the first-, second-, and third-place wirework winners. Click the names of the artists below to pick the brains of award-winning wireworkers!
- Rachel Reilly's entry Flight of Fancy, as well as much of her other work, blurs the line between jewelry and apparel. She uses textile techniques to weave wire into deceptively fluid accessories.
- I was speechless when I first saw Vanessa Walilko's chain maille jacket. As with Rachel, the boundaries between metal and fabric are completely shattered in Vanessa's work. I am especially drawn to the femininity of her armor-like adornments.
- Perri Jackson's Starry Night in Monet's Garden features her own "wire beads," a term that seems hollow when you see them for yourself. Naked wire, coiled wire, even crystals are so intricately woven together that it's really impossible to figure out how she did it.
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