Let’s raise our needles and create together!

The Black & White Together Project team’s goal, led by Prof. Sam Norgard, is to collect, from makers around the world, numerous black and white warped squares, using size 11 black and white Delicas. We will assemble the works into one connected piece. Hundreds of warped squares, representing makers of various ethnicities, are envisioned!

During the week of July 27 to July 31 – each day makers can access a pre-recorded session that will provide 25 minutes of instruction and demos on the construction of the warped square. Each day a different pattern, using only black and white size 11 Delicas, will be explored. In addition, 20 minutes of each session will be used to discuss the state of the art of beads by highlighting the works of various bead artists in the world today.

A live Zoom session is planned for the 31st and free graphs/word charts are available to download for each pattern - see below for more details.


Below is an introductory video by Prof. Sam Norgard about the project.

Just click on the link, which will take you to a different page, and press play.

Video Link - Introduction Video 


The daily scheduled of pre-recorded sessions throughout International Beading Week are as follows (live links will be provided on each date specified):

SESSION 1 - July 27th
Black and White Together Project Introduction with investigations in pattern and exploring the warped square.
Graphs, word chart and an animation video will show how to make a warped square.
Demo: Sam will demo how to make patterns 4 & 5 to create simple stripes, which you may bead along to. 
Materials needed: black and white size 11 Delicas, beading thread of choice, needle, mat, scissors
Art of beads talk: while you continue to bead Sam will lead a talk/lecture - Get to know Sam Norgard, current Guest Ambassador for International Bead Week – “A look at Sam’s Work”.

Session 1 videos
Here is Guest Ambassador, Sam Norgard's Session 1 video for Black and White Together Project showing you how to make a warped square using patterns 4 & 5 (free pdf downloads for these patterns can be found further down the page).
https://scad.zoom.us/rec/share/5PR2Abze_UZLT7f0uW2GVqgaHrXXT6a81ScY__ZZzht60Eaml_RugpzlbMY2GSat

And here is the Companion Video for Session 1 to enjoy while you continue to bead your warped squares    https://scad.zoom.us/rec/share/1ONOHb_u2m9JSJ3W-VP7UKkjP93Gaaa8gyYa-6UMmUc6tmR8VWiD5ohzcP_3sDc_


SESSION 2 - July 28th 
Demo: Sam will demo how to make patterns 3 & 6 to create 2/1 stripes, which you may bead along to. 
Materials needed: black and white size 11 Delicas, beading thread of choice, needle, mat, scissors
Art of beads talk: while you continue to bead, Sam will lead a talk/lecture - A look at Large Scale Projects through the work of Liza Lou.

Session 2 videos

Overview and how to make a 2/1 Striped Warped Square (Pattern #3, White Bead Start and Pattern #6 Black Bead Start)                  https://scad.zoom.us/rec/share/zJJOJoPN8VpJWKvS2krTC4UzRdzoX6a80HMb86UIzh6vNwVc6FnX5XtQYd4dhNSK

And here is the Companion Video for Session 2 to enjoy while you bead:          https://scad.zoom.us/rec/share/tf1PbOqt9kBIQZ2Q2Evca58bG4LbT6a80SlI-6ZemU54UTxHd3ArfHw2EceArsNm

SESSION 3 - July 29th 

Demo: Sam will demo how to make patterns 2 & 7 to create dots, which you may bead along to.             Materials needed: black and white size 11 Delicas, beading thread of choice, needle, mat, scissors
Art of beads talk: while you continue to bead, Sam will lead a talk/lecturer on narrative work and highlight the work of Joyce Scott, 'To Represent and Tell Stories with Beads'.


Session 3 Videos

Here is Guest Ambassador, Sam Norgard's Session 3 video for Black and White Together Project link: https://scad.zoom.us/rec/share/v8pvN5f13WlIQ8_mq1yDSoQmTtn0T6a82yFP8_cKnU2hA4mpbk3ifr5FmDg6HoKL

And the Companion Video for Session 3 to enjoy while you bead:  https://scad.zoom.us/rec/share/udJlAbLBtXNIeKfq-WXNVJcYA9_-X6a8gCAYqfpcxB6QHNH3kgmw_TEQv6EOEMlH

SESSION 4 - July 30th 
Demo: Sam will demo how to make patterns 1 & 8 with optional flowers using individual color choices, which you many bead along to. 
Materials needed: black and white size 11 Delicas, your choice of up to 4 other color 11 Delicas, beading thread of choice, needle, mat, scissors
Art of beads talk: while you continue to bead, Sam will lead a talk/lecture on Non-objective and Geometric Work through the work of the Contemporary Geometric Beadwork team.

Session 4 Videos

Here is Guest Ambassador, Sam Norgard's Session 4 video for the Black and White Together Project link:  https://scad.zoom.us/rec/share/xulnIe755DhIaZHmsU6OAZEIA4_oaaa8gCcerPAOnUcDzNe-QUEC7fRbyeGjye77

And the Companion Video for Session 4 to enjoy while you bead:  https://scad.zoom.us/rec/share/_9NFc_Ltqk9LAaPK1UePZ6QeR7boT6a8gSJNq_VZmUfJw_NRqcprWTyXk3VUis23

SESSION 5 - July 31st Live Zoom Session
If you scroll to the bottom of this page you will find a recording of the live Zoom session that took place on 31st July 2020 with the Black & White Together Team and beaders taking part in the project. Please note that since this meeting the deadline for entries has been extended to 1st October 2020.

Click on the links below to get a pdf of each warped square pattern

It is our vision that Makers interested in contributing to this piece will view the instructional sessions and contribute the warped square(s) they construct to the compilation of the final art project.

Deadline - please ensure your donated samples are in the post by 1st October 2020 at the latest.

All completed warped squares for the project are to be mailed to:
IBW: Black & White Together Project
C/O C. Geraghty
74 Barony Lane
Hilton Head SC 29928
Please include your name, e-mail address and country of origin.

Uk Donations - to help with postage Sylvia Fairhurst has offered to post all Uk contributions in one parcel to the team. Please post to the following address:
11, Randolph Close,
Bradville,
Milton Keynes.
MK13 7JN

If you have any further questions about the project please email: beadercarol@gmail.com