No scientist has yet identified the uniquely Japanese genes which enables them to come up with gorgeous aesthetic designs. Fortunately for us, since we cannot inherit said genes, we can at least learn from a master bead artist. Japan's leading bead artist, Sonoko Nozue, now teaches at the Bead and Button Show every year but you don't have to attend to get her instructions on how to create delicately nuanced jewelry.
That's because her book, Japanese Beadwork with Sonoko Nozue: 25 Jewelry Designs from a Master Artist, which I received for review, is just out. While Sonoko is a master beader, she designs jewelry mainly for teaching purposes. Most of the 25 designs are not that difficult to do so students can make to wear in a relatively short period of time.
Perhaps the most dramatic design is the one on the cover. It is called the Sonoko necklace - the very design that she taught at her first Bead and Button workshop back in 2005. Sonoko works closely with Japanese bead and thread manufacturers. She even collaborated with Fujix to develop her own brand of wax-coated beading thread .
|Mid Afternoon Necklace|
|Night Dew Reversible Bracelet|
|Sonoko Wave Necklace|
|Shower of Blossoms|
|Crystal Rose Bezel Necklace|
A truly delightful book in more ways than one.
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