Introduction to beaded jewellery
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
You will take inspiration from current fashion accessories seen on the catwalk to create your own beaded jewellery and a striking final piece.
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Course Code: VV657
Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
What is the course about?
Taking inspiration from fashion accessories seen on the catwalk, this course will give you a thorough grounding in
contemporary beaded jewellery techniques, to produce your own beaded piece.
You will explore beaded jewellery design, colour, pattern and discuss the methods involved to show your ideas through sampling and the creation of a mood board. You will be supported and encouraged to work from a bead jewellery brief.
What will we cover?
- Fashion brands as inspiration for your own pieces of beaded jewellery
- Creating mood boards and exploring colour schemes
- Beaded jewellery techniques such as knotting, wire wrapping and wire twisting
- Explore some Constructed textile techniques for making one-off personal pieces such as macramé and knitting.
- Which beads and tools to use
- How to make findings and attach them.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- use traditional beaded jewellery techniques to create a set of beaded jewellery.
- create a mood board to present your ideas.
- finish your beaded jewellery objects with appropriate findings
- explore and sample the beaded jewellery techniques and design methods involved in creating a set or a larger piece of beaded jewellery based on your personal idea’s (or from a design brief).
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for all levels, from beginners to experienced jewellers looking to experiment in a new medium.
You will need to be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and be prepared to take part in group discussions. You should be happy using numbers and able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Through practical demonstrations both to the group and to individuals. Group discussions and feedback are encouraged.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Most materials and equipment will be supplied, but you may want to bring your own beads and pliers. You will be advised on additional materials you will need in the first session.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offer a wide range of short and year-long courses in Jewellery design and making, from beginners to advanced, and for professional development.
Browse our current online offer for complementary courses.
She has an academic training in Fine Art and Textiles and for a while set up a design business in Knitted Garments. Whilst studying for an MA in Textiles she started using traditional Bead Weaving techniques to create sculptural pieces. This led to creating accredited and personal interest short courses in Beaded Jewellery. She continues to use constructive Textile techniques within her teaching practise. She is interested in alternative ways to approach education, aiming to stimulate an exploratory approach to design, technique, vocational Craft and personal interpretation. She is actively involved in her community and works closely with local charities to explore how Art and Craft increases connectivity and reduces isolation. She is a member of Hastings Arts Forum where she exhibits and has curated Textile exhibitions.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.