Steven and William Ladd, ‘Antique Cuff and Box’, 2010, Mingei International Museum
Steven and William Ladd, ‘Antique Cuff and Box’, 2010, Mingei International Museum
Steven and William Ladd, ‘Antique Cuff and Box’, 2010, Mingei International Museum

This cuff is made with 19th century antique metal beads, thread, and a contemporary tubular silver clasp. It is constructed with peyote stitch with beaded carriers on either end connecting to the clasp. We chose beads with a variety of finishes and mixed them together to create a soft neutral speckled pattern. The cuff is contained inside of a brown synthetic-suede box lined in brown silk charmeuse, and splayed on top of a field of metal trinkets from an old belt factory in Brooklyn. On the outside of the box you see a stitch in white linen thread that we call a scar-stitch because it reminds us of a doctor’s stitch.

Cuff dimensions: 7 1/4 x 1 1/4 x 1/4 inches.

Function and Fantasy: Steven and William Ladd. Mingei International Museum, San Diego, California. 2014. Curator Christine Knoke.

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