Polyhedral Beading Workshop

Beaded platonic solids at the IFF workshop by Kathryn Harris. May 3, 2013.

Beaded platonic solids at the IFF workshop by Kathryn Harris. May 3, 2013.

At our workshop on May 3, we learned how to craft platonic solids and other geometric structures from bugle beads. Kathryn Harris, our beading master facilitator, wowed us with this miniature fusion of geometry and craft. Strung together by gossamer-thin wire, the tiny solids seemed to crystalize in our hands reminding us of Plato’s thesis that the basic elements of nature – earth, air, fire and water, plus the ineffable aether – were material incarnations of these perfectly regular mathematical forms.