Makers’ Mark: The 2014 MAD Biennial Opens its Doors to New York’s Top Creatives
This Beaded Ball Necklace is made with five different types of glass Delica beads: bronze, tan, orange, and two different chocolates. The beads are individually hand-sewn with thread around a wooden bead until it is completely covered. These beaded balls, varying in size, are then sewn to each other to create a strand. This strand is sewn to a Double Beaded Ball Closure (DBBC) which is composed of two beaded balls and loops that interlock. The necklace is contained inside of a brown synthetic-suede box lined in brown silk charmeuse. Cross-stitched to the inside are three scrolls made of green wool, cream cotton, bronze raw silk, and green tent silk. On the outside of the box you see a stitch in hemp thread that we call a scar-stitch because it reminds us of a doctor’s stitch.
Necklace dimensions: 17 3/4 x 1 1/4 x 1 1/4 inches.
Image rights: © Steven and William Ladd, All rights Reserved, 2015
Function and Fantasy: Steven and William Ladd. Mingei International Museum, San Diego, California. 2014. Curator Christine Knoke.
About Steven and William Ladd
American, based in New York, New York