Threads of steel: This artist creates metal marvels inspired by silk

Beth Kamhi, the Artwork Archive Featured Artist, draws from her background in textiles, fashion, and interior design to create installations and artwork that balance physical weight, elegance, and playfulness.

Her signature steel ball chain beads reflect both industrial sophistication and ornamental fluidity. They create an illusion that is reminiscent of silk. Kamhi’s philosophy embraces intuition and problem solving throughout her making process. This makes a stream-of-consciousness that guides the creative to pay attention to the smallest, most intricate details.

The steel ball chain beads represent not only industrial elegance but also the connected and independent nature of life itself – static yet kinetic – reflecting her unique perspective.

Beth Kamhi’s work invites the viewer into an experience that is unique at the intersection of fashion, textiles, interior design, and art.

When I was about ten years old, I made my first sculpture out of packing peanuts and adhesives in my father’s office. It was magical.

I created and made thousands of draperies. Then, I expanded my services to include faux finishes, custom furniture, and full-service design. This continued until 2008. I continue to work with some of my favorite clients and members of my family, but I no longer accept new clients.

Ball chain, with its textile-like texture and gorgeous draping, became my preferred material. Some pieces have references to my draped curtains or textiles. Even my macrame background is reflected in some pieces. Some pieces reflect my design sense, which emphasizes structure and balance. My artwork is a combination of art, fashion, and design.

This material has been my work for many years, and I have yet to exhaust its potential.

Sometimes, I’ll take a picture of something and think, “what if?”. Then, I will follow the path that it takes to see where that leads. And that then leads me in another direction.

My work has become heavier as it grows larger! A recent commission weighed more than 270 pounds! It wasn’t easy to move and install the piece once it was finished in my studio. I created a piece of 16′ L x ten” W x ten” H made from aluminum for the US Embassy at Guadalajara in Mexico. This problem was now solved.

I’ve always wanted someone to run their finger through the strands. When I participated in a number of art fairs years ago, it was always a joy when someone from the other side made eye contact and reached out their hand to touch my pieces.

We both felt satisfied when I said that it was fine to touch.

I have a niche in corporate, hospitality, and high-end residential.

Success for me means having a group of interior designers and art consultants who are committed to my work and appreciate it.

It is not glamorous to be a starving artists.

Since Artwork Archive was launched in 2010, I have had a starving artist work Archive.

I found it so difficult to format Excel sheets on my PC that I thought this was a brilliant idea. I still feel so!

I love the platform. All my clients love the private rooms. I use all the features, such as Contacts Invoicing and reports. In addition, I send each piece with a certificate of authenticity. Artwork Archive allows me to keep all of my contacts and applications together.

I can access my account on my phone at any time. If I receive an email from a designer or art consultant, I am able to send them a tear sheet in two minutes. They love the service.