Susan Sassoon: Beading Architect

Susan Sassoon became an architect as a way to blend her love of art and creating with her love of math, science, and problem solving. It turns out that beading combines the same elements. Susan says, “I enjoy the technical challenge of figuring out a technique, designing a beaded clasp, or learning a new stitch. Beading appeals to me because I enjoy exploring the colors and shapes of different beads and how they connect together.”

Susan’s background allowed her to see that creating beading patterns isn’t that different from making architectural plans. Right from the beginning, she started designing, “I basically started out learning stitches and didn’t have the supplies to make what I was seeing in books. I would just adapt a design or improvise to try to finish the project with what I had on hand. So designing came kind of naturally.”

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