Design Principles for Kumihimo Jewelry
with Adrienne Gaskell
Immerse yourself in this opportunity to experience a three-day jewelry-making retreat, to study under Adrienne Gaskell in the unique and creative town of Asheville, North Carolina. Prepare to refresh your creative spirit.
You will spend quality time in a comfortable studio classroom focused on mastering kumihimo beaded and fiber braids on the marudai, as well as learning jewelry design theory. You’ll share delicious lunches daily with Adrienne and fellow classmates, then relax and unwind at the Welcome Social and Instructor Showcase. The retreat will wrap up with a Group Photo Session after class to celebrate your accomplishments and provide lasting memories of our time together in Asheville.
Learn to find and use inspiration to create kumihimo jewelry that reflects your own personal style. Design, plan and create incredibly beautiful Kumihimo beaded and fiber braids on the Marudai. Gain an understanding of jewelry design theory and apply this knowledge to your own unique piece of kumihimo jewelry.
This class will allow you to direct your course of study depending on your skill level and project goals. Adrienne will provide time to work on projects as well, but the focus is not on completing the project but in mastering the skills. Adrienne will also share inspirational tips for creating award-winning jewelry.
This course is open to students who are proficient using a Marudai with beads and who are ready to be guided in both group and individual sessions by a master instructor.
You will learn the following techniques from Adrienne in this three-day class:
- Kumihimo beaded and fiber braids on the Marudai
- Step-by-step review of the principles of jewelry design theory
- Skills and application of design theory
- The ability to create pieces that truly reflect your personal style
- Inspirational tips to stay connected to your work
Did you know?
Adrienne is also the President of the American Kumihimo Society.
Adrienne Gaskell’s jewelry designs explore the ancient Japanese fiber art of kumihimo braiding. By incorporating gemstones, pearls, and beads, Adrienne has brought this technique into the realm of modern jewelry design. Her designs have been featured in Lark Books, Bead&Button’s BeadDreams competition, Bead and Button magazine, and the Toho Design Challenge. She exhibits her award-winning jewelry at juried art shows and select galleries across the country.
Adrienne is the current president of the American Kumihimo Society. She teaches kumihimo workshops in the United States and Japan.