Steven and William Ladd, ‘Beaded Ball Necklace, Scroll and Box’, 2011, Mingei International Museum
Steven and William Ladd, ‘Beaded Ball Necklace, Scroll and Box’, 2011, Mingei International Museum

This Beaded Ball Necklace is made with five or six different types of glass Delica beads in purple, chocolate, raspberry, and bronze. The beads are individually hand-sewn with thread around a wooden bead until it is completely covered. These 36 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 additional beaded balls and
loops that interlock. The necklace is contained inside of a brown synthetic-suede box lined in brown silk charmeuse. Inside is a scroll made of white cotton from our grandmother and tan cotton that we gave to this client when she first visited our live/work space on Berry Street in Brooklyn in 2007. 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: 19 1/4 x 1 1/4 x 1 1/4

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

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