Box Beads

  • Linda Threadgill, Box Beads, 1996, silver, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Martha and Pat Connell and museum purchase through the Renwick Acquisitions Fund, 1998.25

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Linda Threadgill considers her jewelry “small sculpture,” explaining that the abstract forms symbolize individuals or experiences. Using her signature etching technique, she embellishes each box with symmetrical and geometric decorative patterns that she calls “fictions of ornament.” She finds inspiration in patterned fabric, old-fashioned botanical drawings, and her garden.

Luce Object Quote

“I’m intrigued by repetition, to be able to carry that off in a beautiful rhythm. As someone said about wallpaper, ‘I’m the rose in your room that comes back again and again.’” The artist, quoted in “Linda Threadgill,” American Craft, August/September 2000

Title
Box Beads
Artist
Date
1996
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
as worn: 1 x 12 1/4 x 9 1/2 in. (2.5 x 31.1 x 24.2 cm
flat: 1 x 15 x 2 1/2 in. (2.6 x 38.1 x 6.4 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Martha and Pat Connell and museum purchase through the Renwick Acquisitions Fund

Mediums
Mediums Description
silver
Classifications
Object Number
1998.25
Palette
Linked Open Data
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