Elements of Design

The element of design TEXTURE is always a part of our composition whether intentional or not. It refers to the surface quality or "feel" of an object, such as roughness, smoothness, or softness. This element of design adds interest and dimension to your jewelry.

Texture can be tactile, that is physically felt, or visual, giving the illusion of texture. Artists can create the illusion of texture through the choice of medium and the variety of size, shape and surface of beads and components. The possibilities are endless: rough, silky, or pebbly, smooth, bumpy, soft, hard, shiny, bouncy, etc...

Many artists and designers make use of design texture as a dominant element in their work. This is particularly evident in mix media, such as fibers, wire, metal, wood and glass, where the tactile qualities of the material are a major feature.

Textures are everywhere in nature. From water, to rocks to tree leaves to bark, there are tons of natural textures that surround us every day. Think of the different textures of different animal fur, skin, scales, etc!

Texture should fit into an overall plan or style of your design. If your theme revolves around high-tech, ultra-modern concepts, you may want your piece to be texture-less. An ethnic theme may direct you to use texture in order to make the jewelry appear aged and worn.

The following photos are examples of how jewelry designers create design texture in their work.

For a closer view of any of the following designs just click on the designer's name and you will be taken to their site where you can also check out some of their other creative designs for inspiration.

This freeform peyote cuff by beadjewelryshopgirl is a wonderful example of visual texture created with a variety of bead surfaces, shapes and sizes.

"Autumn Leaf Necklace"
by Natasha Jade.
Fiber wrapped wire creates these earthy roots featuring buttons, beads and a beautiful hand crafted autumn leaf by Nedda Shishegar.

"Helen of Troy Necklace" by Lindsey Bucklew
An extremely ornate piece of jewelry with wire, buttons, beads, bolts, needles, nails, "recycled" vintage brooches and other pieces, shells, stones, and any little trinket that inspires Lindsey creates fantastic texture, variety and interest.

by Vonna Maslanka.
Texture is created with the contrast of bead surfaces from the matt etched lentils, sparkling swarovski crystals, shimmering fresh water pearls, and ornate bali sterling silver all in rich organic tones. The variety of shapes add interest and the chain and dangles add movement.

Intuitive Beadweaving
by Wendy Seaward.
This is a stunning free form neck piece with caged fancy jasper focal point, carnelian chips, Czech glass, crystals, and Japanese glass seed beads. Done in sculptural peyote stitch with surface embellishment and branched fringe creating texture and interest. From the collection of Cheryl Johnson.

Design Texture

Related Articles:

For more Elements of Design see: Line, Shape, Space, Color.

For more Principles of Design see: Balance, Emphasis, Rhythm, Movement, Contrast, Harmony, Variety.

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