Since 2004, I have created woven and crochet beadwork using a range of materials, from glass, to stone, fiber and metal. Seed beads and often gemstones combine in my work, creating wearable pieces, to create a large mosaic. The linear character of the bead rope lends itself to transition and the variety of color and texture that offers the opportunity to create endless patterns and progressions.
My work is intended to be flexible allowing the wearer to double, triple, tie and wrap the work to suit any preference. Portions of a given piece can be worn to emphasize a favorite passage in the work’s variegated pattern and color.
The ‘wearability’ of them comes through when it is worn. It has a purpose. It isn’t complete until it’s worn. For me, that’s the definition of design.
Claire Kahn studied design and graduated from Stanford University in 1977.
Until 1984, Kahn worked in the San Francisco office of architecture firm, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, where she developed graphic design for interior and exterior treatments (textiles, facades and courtyard designs). Among her projects were the Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco and the Southeast Financial Center in Miami.
In 1985, she began designing water features for a company called WET. Her projects includes The Los Angeles Music Center, Gas Company Tower in Los Angeles, Barcelona World Trade Center, Columbus Circle in New York, Beijing Finance Street, The Port of Los Angeles, and the Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas.
Kahn’s studio work includes two and three-dimensional installations. The interaction of color and pattern is the focus of her work. She has created beadwork jewelry exclusively for Patina Gallery, Santa Fe, NM since 2009.