Learn innovative techniques where elements literally emerge from the braid. Designs will include techniques using the 2-drop kongoh beaded braid (round braid), and
continuous beaded braids, with 4, 8, 12 and 16 strands. Students will attain a greater understanding of kumihimo and the ability to learn new structures with ease.
Students’ class projects will cater to their individual design style and level of experience. In addition, the workshop will include instructor demos with time-lapse samples to help students gain new insights into braid construction and professional jewelry-making techniques.
Adrienne Gaskell is an internationally recognized jewelry artist, teacher, and mentor. Her present focus is jewelry techniques using kumihimo braiding combined with beadweaving and metalworking. Adrienne enjoys pushing the boundaries of kumihimo beaded braids, using traditional Japanese marudai equipment to pioneer new techniques. Her teaching resumé includes the Bead&Button Show since 2006; the Kumihimo International Braids 2012 conference, Manchester, England; the Japan Women’s University, Tokyo, Japan; Japanese Kumihimo Society, Kyoto, Japan; and Toho Bead Company, Hiroshima, Japan.
Her designs have been featured in the Bead&Button “BeadDreams” competitions; two Lark Books, Showcase 500 Art Necklaces and 100 Beads; the “TOHO Design Challenge;” and numerous magazines and publications.
She exhibits her award-winning jewelry at juried art shows and select galleries across the country. When Adrienne isn’t traveling to teach or exhibit her jewelry, she enjoys her home in the tropics of Miami, Florida.