Monthly Archives: October 2008

A look back at our October featured artisans

Thank you for visiting all of the great sites of our featured October World Artisan Gems. We have a growing mailing list with many people coming here to see the beautiful work of these talented emerging and established artisans and their newest creations.  Artisans featured here produce unique and one-of-a-kind artwork ~ don’t miss out ~ allow World Artisan Gems to be your guide to the most spectacular jewelry and glass art from around the world!  Thank you for spreading the word and showing your support for these talented independent artisans!

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Lynda Andrews-Barry

Name: Lynda Andrews-Barry

Website Linkhttp://lyndaandrews-barry.com

Where are you located?  Kensington, Maryland, four miles outside of Washington, DC

Tell us a bit about yourself:  I am originally from Berkeley, California, but moved to Maryland when I was in high school.  I have a degree in interior design and worked as a project architect for 9 years before attending metal school in Baltimore. I have been making jewelry for about ten years now, and i love it. I live in a 110-year-old renovated farm house with my high school sweet heart (who is now my husband) and my fantastic black labrador, Oto. I love living in the Washington DC area! It is a beautiful, friendly city (despite what you hear on talk radio) with a thriving arts community.

When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art?  I believe I sold my first box of Crayon-colored rocks door to door when I was about 6. I thought they were cool and that is the same reason I make jewelry.

What do you make? I make pretty things.

What materials and methods do you use?  I am currently working on two completely different lines of jewelry. “Herban Elements” are a collection of natural forms cast in sterling silver and electroformed in copper. On my daily walks with my dog I collect flowers, weeds, seeds, pods and other interesting natural and found objects. I electroform my finds in copper or cast them in sterling silver and then create jewelry from the new metal parts. Finally, I add textures, patinas and sometimes oil paints to my pieces.  My other work is a grouping of kiln-fired enamels, “high contrast.”  My work in enamel was inspired by me receiving a kiln for Christmas and thus feeling obligated to use it. “High Contrast” are brilliant three-dimensional shapes I cut with dies I make myself using my 20 ton hydraulic press. Sometimes I incorporate vintage stampings into my work. I solder the appropriate sterling silver finding to each piece and then sift the chosen color of glass enamel over it. Every color is kiln fired separately at 1520 degrees.

Where do your design inspirations come from?  I am inspired by everything and anything, or sometimes nothing. I keep a sketch pad with me or I use my Iphone to take photos of stuff, so when nothing happens I am ready. I really have enough ideas to keep me busy for more time than I have in this life, though.

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oak bud toggle

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? I love my studio! My studio is the basement level of our house: It is bright and organized and big. It has everything I need to make things happen… or watch TV.

Where can your products be seen?  lyndaandrews-barry.com,   designoptions.etsy.com, herbanelements.etsy.com  and Dawanda

Upcoming events:  December 5-22 Washington DC downtown holiday market in front of the National Portrait Gallery. Check my website for exact times: my newsletter/calendar.

Magazine articles or pressWashington Post express featureEtsy Storque spotlight, Etsy Feature:fresh shops  diycitymag.net feature and contributer

Who are you a fan of? The ancient African cultures, especially Nigeria; the ancient Greeks and Romans; the Dutch masters; Michaelangelo; Leonardo; Louis Sullivan; Ettori Sottsass; Angston Hughes; Andi Warhol; my parents; Prince; Barack Obama

Price range: $18-$3400

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations:  I love this ring because I found the coneflower seed head in my garden. the plant produces lovely magenta flowers each summer, but I had no idea there was this amazing form left over in the fall. After electroforming it in copper, I set it on a ring shank I formed from a tulip poplar tree stamen I cast in sterling silver.

Anything else you wish to add here?  Thank you for noticing my work!

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Donna Millard

Name: Donna Millard     

Website Link: www.fyrebeadz.com

Where are you located? Currently in Rice Lake, WI but I hope to be moving back to Alaska soon.

Tell us a bit about yourself: Born and raised here in the mid-west but once I moved to Alaska I’ve since become an Alaskan through and through.  I can’t wait to get back, it is there that I find the most influence for my work and peace and harmony in my life.

When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art? There is a large outdoor market in Anchorage every Saturday during the summer months and it was there that I first became acquainted with lampwork.  I was fascinated, to say the least and have been captivated ever since.  One thing led to another and I started to make unique jewelry pieces with my beads and often sterling wire.

What do you make? I make a large variety of bead sets and focals.  Often times I make florals or my “Loon” beads.  I’ve been having a lot of fun experimenting with all the new silver glass in my focal beads as well and I’ve recently developed a new beads style of organic water bugs.  Sometimes I saw my beads in  half and make my own sterling settings for them.

What materials and methods do you use? Effetre, double Helix, R4 glasses, silver foils, enamels, etc.  In my jewelry I use PMC and sterling wire, misc. stones and FW pearls.

Where do your design inspirations come from? Having just spent 7 years in Alaska, much of my work has been influenced from the beauty that surrounded me there.  The ocean, the mountains, glaciers and so on.  My florals were often inspired by the lush gardens in Anchorage, and yes, lush due to the 24 hours of daylight during the summers.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? Right now my studio is located in the back sunroom of my home.  I’ve completely converted it into a studio that overlooks my backyard where there are many flowers blooming in the summer and many birds.  I usually have some sort of music playing in the background as I work.

Where can your products be seen?  On ebay  My work can be found on etsy,  Aurora Bead and Craft in Wasilla, Alaska, and Beadartists.org

Upcoming events:  I will be attending a private art show in Wasilla, Alaska in November 2008

Who are you a fan of? Many of my peers of which there are too many to mention.

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations:  My favorite has to be my newest Waterbugs.  There were something that just happened one day as I was working.  I was so excited as I saw them begin to transform right in front of me.  It was awesome, as glass always is.

water bugs

water bugs

Anything else you wish to add?  I want to thank you for featuring me on your website.  I am honored.

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Andrew Firth

Name: Andrew Firth

Website Link: www.andrewfirth.co.nz

Where are you located? Akaroa, South Island, New Zealand

When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art? I started flame-working glass in 1984 when I was 17, mostly because I loved art and disliked school, when an opportunity came up to have a go at flame-work, I could not resist. This was something that I had never thought about doing, but has worked out extremely well; it is something that I still enjoy after all these years.

blue aquarium

What do you make? Flame-worked glass focal beads, but also flowers and other sculptural pieces.

What materials and methods do you use? I work with Soda-lime and Borosilicate glass, using a gas/oxygen burner to melt it (flame-work).

Where do your design inspirations come from? Mostly nature, but I do travel to Japan occasionally to see recent developments in Japanese bead making, of which I am a huge fan of, and love to incorporate this style into my own work.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? I have my studio in a room behind my own Gallery where I sell only my own work; It is private when I need to concentrate, or can be public so that clients can see the work being created.

Where can your products be seen? www.glassblower.co.nz, www.andrewfirth.co.nz,   www.aoteroa.co.nz.

Who are you a fan of? Mostly Japanese glass bead makers; in particular Norikazu Kogure, and Kawakita Yuuka, I have a great affinity with their use of colour and style.

Price range: My beads cost between NZ$50 – NZ$200; other work between NZ$30 – NZ$1800.

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations: This would have to be my most recent work – Aquarium beads; these beads have a number of small individually made fish encased in glass.

 

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Loella Medina

Mercedes earrings

Mercedes earrings

Name:  Loella it is a name given to me by my father inspired by a love song from the 70s.

Website Link:  www.LoellaMedina.Etsy.com and www.LaBodaCollection.Etsy.com

Where are you located? I currently live in New York City.

Avizeh

Avizeh

Tell us a bit about yourself:  I was born in the Dominican Republic and as very young girl I already exhibited interest in designing. At the age of six, I would steal my mother’s left over fabrics (my mother is a great seamstress who taught herself how to make girls dresses and would make my sister and me beautiful dresses for special occasions like our first communion). I would use the fabrics to make dresses for my dolls and my sister’s dolls. At that time my father, a Civil Engineer had immigrated to the United States and was supplementing our income by making jewelry (earrings) using buttons and crystals which he would send to my mother in Dominican Republic for her to sell to her friends. The pieces became so popular that my father needed to send my mother boxes full of hundreds of earrings every other month.

When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art? When I moved to the United States I was 9 years old. My father no longer needed to make jewelry to send to Dominican Republic and we were finally reunited. He still had all of his beads and pliers and being a curious girl, I decided I would make jewelry. At first it was just a hobby something to keep myself busy and deal with the changes of moving to a big city and leaving behind friends and pretty relaxed childhood. It was not until years later when the idea of creating jewelry as a business emerged and that was 3 years ago.

Marisela

Marisela

What do you make? I make jewelry inspired by my own experiences and travels. The pieces range from earrings, bracelets and necklaces to occasional tie pins.

What materials and methods do you use?  I use precious and semi precious gemstones; Ruby, Sapphire, Topaz, Garnet, Tourmaline, Peridot, Amethyst, etc.  I also use sterling silver, 24k vermeil and gold filled wire and components. I am currently making a transition to 18k solid gold and fine silver and incorporating diamonds to some of my designs.

Where do your design inspirations come from? My sources of inspirations are every day life, travel, life experience, my Caribbean culture. When everything else fails, I either look back to past work or log on to Flickr to browse the works of my favorite photographers.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? My best working environment is sitting at a small desk with only the supplies I will be using for the particular piece I am working on at the time along with some music (Bossa Nova).

Anaisa

Anaisa

Where can your products be seen? 
 www.LoellaMedina.Etsy.com
www.LaBodaCollection.Etsy.com
www.Trunkt.org/LoellaMedina
http://loellamedina.blogspot.com/

Upcoming events: Look for a special sale November 28, 2008

Magazine articles or press:  My jewelry has been featured in the off-off Broadway production: The New to New York Actor’s Showcase in the summer of 2007; The national magazine: Step by Step Beads during their August/September 2008 edition and will be featured again in their January/February 2009 edition;
In About.com on July 1, 2008 and in the following blogs: Soap Deli News (10/02/2008), Love Bird Design’s Blog (08/13/2008), Indie Style File (10/01/2008), Wickedly Chic (05/15/2008)

Who are you a fan of? I am a fan of sunny days at the beach floating on my back and starting at the beautiful blue sky.

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations:  One of my favorite creations is the Ignacia Earrings. This is my first piece using 18k solid gold and I just love how the combination of the yellow, orange and blue turned out. It is a vibrant piece of jewelry that is bold and playful at the same time.

Ignacia

Ignacia

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Andrew Brown

Name: Andrew Brown

Website Link: www.kbglassworks.com  and  www.glassartists.org/AndrewBrown

Where are you located? Albuquerque, New Mexico

Tell us a bit about yourself: I love to push and test the limits the medium of glass has to offer.

When and why did you begin creating your art? My love of art and creating art began when I was very young. I followed my passion by attending Savannah College of Art Design. After graduating in 1998, with a BFA in illustration, I moved to Albuquerque and co-founded KBGlassworks. I now work independently.

What do you make? Combining flameworking, fusing and cold working, I specialize in unique wearable art and paperweights. 

 

 

 

What materials and methods do you use? My primary material is borosilicate glass. I flamework, fuse and coldwork.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? I currently work out of Greymatters Studio and out of my home studio. I also really enjoy doing collaborations with other glass artists. I love feeding off of other artists’ drive and inspiration.

Where can your products be seen?  GlassArtists.org, An online community for glass art  Arts Afire Gallery, Alexandria, VA,  and www.kbglassworks.com,  a shared website with Andrew Brown and Bryan Kitson artwork.

Upcoming events:  Arts Afire Glass Gallery, Alexandria, VA. TRUNK SHOW, Visiting Artist: Andrew Brown, October 18 and 19, 2008, Gallery Receptions: Saturday 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

14th Annual Best Bead Show – Tucson, AZ – Spring 2009

Seminar on Electroforming: International Flameworking Pre-Conference. Salem, NJ, March 20, 2009: www.salemcc.edu

Magazine articles or press: Featured artist on Glass Alchemy website and current advertising
The Flow Magazine, Vol. 1 Issue 4, Bead & Button Magazine (March 1998) Artist Article.  Bead & Button Magazine (December 2008 #88 Collectors Edition) “Artist Spotlight

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Yvonne Cornelius

Name: Yvonne Cornelius

Website Link: http://www.BluebonnetJewelry.etsy.com

 

back of necklace

(back of necklace)

Where are you located? Killeen, Texas

Tell us a bit about yourself: I’m originally from the suburbs of Chicago.  I married a wonderful Texan (26 yrs.) and after early retirement for both of us, we settled in Texas.  We have 4 dogs, all with funny and different personalities.   I’ve been beading for 11 years, but only in the last 2 years have I been selling my jewelry.

When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art?  My husband was overseas and I was living in a new town and didn’t know anyone.  I was working on a basket purse and it had a peyote flap attached to the basket.  Since I didn’t know anything about beading, I bought some books and a video of how to do peyote stitch, and went from there.  I liked beading so much I gave everything else up.  Did I ever finish that basket purse?  Nope, still sitting there.

What do you make?  Jewelry of all kinds – bracelets, necklaces, earrings, pins, and pendants 

Lariat

Lariat

What materials and methods do you use? I love to use Swarovski crystals and seed beads in my jewelry. Besides that, I use all sorts of items like shells, pearls, cabochons, gemstones, stones, rivolis, buttons, delicas, flowers, leaves, and charms.  I’m always looking for something I can bead around or use in my bead embroidery.   I also like to incorporate lampwork beads from other talented artisans in with my designs.  Using off-loom weaving works for me the best which includes stitches like peyote, netting, brick, herringbone, freeform and right angle weave.  I enjoy bead embroidery the most. I’ve been doing kumihimo with beads for the last six months along with some wirework.  Felting is the next thing I would like to learn.

 

Where do your design inspirations come from?  Usually the beads will dictate the design.  Sometimes it can be a color, a certain cabochon or lampwork bead that starts the design process off. 

What is your best working environment/where is your studio?  I have my own studio/computer room in my home near the living room so I can hear TV or just have background noise.  If I totally want to be alone, I can just close the door.

Where can your products be seen?   Etsy, My blog, and Flickr

Who are you a fan of?  It’s hard to choose just one.  Sherry Serafini, Heidi Kummli, Laura McCabe, Edda Blume, Amy Clark Moore, Sharilyn Miller are just a few.  I have many others I admire.

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations:  One of my favorite pieces is the bead embroidery bracelet, “Almost Autumn.”  I like using the different textures and how they work together.

Almost Autumn

Almost Autumn

Anything else you wish to add?  I think we still need to educate the public about beading as an art form.  People don’t realize how much time is put into each piece of jewelry and why pieces are priced the way they are.  Each single bead is put on one at a time and a little bit of that person goes into each piece.  Once the public knows that it will last for generations and isn’t manufactured, I think then people will consider it art.

That is precisely what we hope to accomplish and the reason for this website. Thank you for sharing your beautiful artwork with us!

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Bijoux d’Odalisque

Name:  I answer to the following – “Bijoux” “Bijoux d’Odalisque” “Holly” “Princess” “Pumpkin” (thank you Mom) “Sweetie” and my favorite… “Hey you…Why are you dressed like that? It’s just the grocery store!”
(I am a chronic over-dresser.  When I say “life is short – wear your jewels everywhere,” I mean it.)

Website Link: www.BijouxOdalisque.etsy.com

Where are you located? Upstate, New York

Belle Epoque Bracelet

Belle Epoque Bracelet

Tell us a bit about yourself:  I am a classically trained oil painter, art historian, and jewelry designer.  I spent many years traveling abroad to visit see my inspirations in person.  Traveling is an addiction.  I hope never to grow tired of the gelato flavors in Venice, the sidewalk chalk “paintings” in Paris, or the “Pemberley”-reminiscent manors of England. I am a true romantic, and a very silly one sometimes.  I once walked across Paris in the middle of the night.  I found myself completely alone beneath the Eiffel Tower – no tourists or passer-bys in sight, so what did I do? I laid down on the cool pavement beneath the dark and forbidding sculpture so I could lie on my back and memorize the moment. On another occasion, I visited Chateau Versailles and upon being given a map of the famous manicured gardens, I threw it in the trash so I could purposefully lose myself within its secret paths and lush little alcoves of roses.

Alais

Alais

When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art? As a painter who favors layers of rich glazes and varnish, I wait days, even years for my canvases to dry, waiting the next application of fine detail.  I became restless and needed to mold or manipulate…”something”.  I traded my pigments for gemstones, my brushes for silver and began creating lavish gemstone designs.

What do you make?  I make women feel glamorous.  I want to shower them with gemstone jewelry that is of the finest quality and above all – wearable.  I see no reason why a woman cannot wear a gemstone necklace with a crisp white shirt, not just her little black dress. 

What materials and methods do you use?  I use the finest quality precious gemstones, fine silver, and 24K gold vermeil – materials that allow for distinctive, elegant designs while keeping my prices affordable. There is no method to my creativity, no sketching, and no planning.  I prefer to let my jewelry designs unfold and tell their own story.

Osmanthus

Osmanthus

Where do your design inspirations come from?  I am inspired by so many artists, books, travels, etc…I wouldn’t know where to begin. The colors of Fall foliage, the scent of herbal teas, the sound of my husband composing music, or a particular perfume I catch the scent of on my Mother’s blouse – all of these things and everything lovely and unexpected inspire me.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? I like to sit at my tall black apothecary desk next to our living room fireplace.  I often prep for many hours of work by preparing a pot of my favorite tea (Earl Grey de la Crème) and having some music handy that suits my mood.  I am currently very fond of the soundtracks to “The Piano” and “The Red Violin.”

Where can your products be seen?  EtsyTrunkt and Seeking Designers

Magazine articles or press:  My designs will be featured in the winter issue of ELIZA Magazine which can be purchased online at their website or at Barnes & Noble bookstores.

The Longest Journey

The Longest Journey

Who are you a fan of? My mother.  As long as I can remember, my mother has been my idol, my biggest cheerleader, and sometimes my backbone when I needed it.  I thank God every day that I was lucky enough to be her daughter.  When said, ‘Mom, I want to change my major and be an artist”, or “Mom, I am thinking of backpacking around Europe alone this Fall,” I never had to cringe and wait for criticism – she always understood that I could not color in the lines.

Price range: $80.00 – $3,000.00

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations: The Belle Époque Necklace is by far my favorite gemstone creation. I was able to combine my love of flawless gemstones, the soft quality of pearls, and a natural geological wonder (amethyst stalactite).  It’s an eclectic combination of “gems” that harmonize despite their very different qualities.

Belle Époque Necklace

Belle Époque Necklace

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Tihana Rukavina (Ignis)

Laeya

Laeya

Name: Tihana Rukavina (a.k.a Ignis)

Website Link: http://www.ignis-art.info/

Where are you located? Rijeka, Croatia (Europe)

Tell us a bit about yourself: My name is Tihana Rukavina but in the online world I chose to go by the nickname “Ignis.”  I was born on the 7th of December 1980 in the city of Rijeka (Croatia/Europe). As a result of my formal education I currently have a title of B. Sc. in both information and education science. Perhaps my formal education would be different if I discovered my passion for jewelry making earlier in my life. Unfortunately, I never had the chance to take a part in any kind of art/craft education but I do hope of being able to change this fact in the future.

When did you begin designing jewelry/art? I was always creative in many ways. As a teenager I used to make myself necklaces but at that point I still didn’t realize what meaning jewelry making will carry for me in the future. Somewhere in the year 2003 I discovered that field of jewelry making is one of my greatest life passions. At first I was attracted to polymer clays but soon I found myself interested in other mediums. Soon after that I became aware of wire and since then I am pretty much enchanted by it. Even today when my interest shift to something new in the domain of jewelry making the wire remains my  favorite medium  to work with. I suspect that will not change in the future.

What made you choose this type of art? The pure fact that the act of jewelry making gives me pleasure and tremendous feeling of calm. To me, the act of jewelry making is a sort of meditation. I lose the sense of myself and I lose the sense of time while working on my pieces. I just feel the tremendous peace and I’m very content. Therefore, I’m rather sure I have found myself a true companion in life. 

Flowerescent

Flowerescent

What do you make? I make all sorts of one of a kind pieces of jewelry (necklaces, pendants, bracelets, earrings, rings etc.). I also found myself in a situation where a lot of my clients are brides. So often I find myself making bridal jewelry. Most often the brides want me to make them one of a kind hair pieces. But I will do any kind of custom piece if someone contacts me (of course, if available supplies and tools allow me to do it).  And I love a challenge. Making new pieces inspires me. I don’t like making several identical pieces. I love making one of a kind pieces.

What materials and methods do you use? At the moment I use several kinds of wire. Most of the times I use copper wire galvanized with silver, stainless steel wire etc. I would be using sterling and fine silver wire if it was easier to get it here in Croatia. But at the moment that is not possible so I had to order some from USA. Besides wire I love using glass and glass beads of all sorts but often I find myself using chech glass. I also have huge love (obsession almost)  with semiprecious and precious stones. So my collection is always growing . Sometimes I also use natural stones that can be found on the beach etc. Since most often I’m using wire I tend to use a variety of techniques from the field of wire working. I special enjoy the wire wrapping technique. But I’ll use any technique that allows me to make the piece I want. I also have to state I’m tremendously attracted to the field of traditional silver/goldsmithing. So some new techniques from this domain should soon be seen in my work. 

Where do your design inspirations come from? I would love to say that I draw my inspiration from something specific but most often I am inspired by the process of jewelry making itself. I sometimes joke my pieces tend to make themselves. I often take my pliers and wire and then allow my pieces to evolve as I am working on them. Seldom I am taking my pliers and wire to make something specific that I envisioned earlier. I don’t have problem with ideas, I have problems with so many of them rushing inside my mind. I often see in my mind’s eye complete pieces of jewelry and then I take little piece of paper and sketch my ideas so I don’t  forget them. I have a full draw of sketches. Yet I am aware of the fact then when I take my pliers out, I will make something that is in my head at that precise moment.

Florzinha

Florzinha

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? Definitely my home. I love the fact I can take out my wire and pliers and make something whenever I feel like it. But it would be nice to have a room full of my tools and supplies for all sorts of crafts that do not need to be put back in the storage when I am not using them. But since I live in a small apartment at the moment that is just a dream. But hopefully I’ll get there.

Where can your products be seen? My portfolio of choice, my website (redesign pending), my deviant art gallery, and my jewelry dedicated blog.

Upcoming events: None at the moment.

Magazine articles or press: Short online articles – Moda HR  &  xy385 

Frozen

Frozen

Are you a fan of any jewelry artisans? I am not a kind of person that is easily impressed by people and/or authorities of any kind. So I don’t think I fit the profile of someone’s fan. But I do have a huge respect for the work of a lot of artist. Generally, I respect the work of all that are excellent in what they do. I can only be fascinated by something I can’t do or what I think I could never do. But still not to that extent I could call myself a fan of that particular artist/person. In the field of jewelry making I respect the work of many artist. Some of them are local artist from Croatia and some of them are internationally known. For instance, in the field of wirework, I respect the work of Eni Oken, Iza Malczyk, Magdalena Borejko and similar. In the field of silversmithing I could list so many of the artist that do different kind of techniques. But I will not do that because that list would be long.

Price range: $6 – $150 (But that should change in the future as I shift to the domain of precious metals and stones exclusively.)

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations: For an artist it is often hard to choose one particular piece. I do have to say I have trouble deciding between Fairy Tale (necklace) and Deusa de serendidade (pendant). But I’ll choose Fairy Tale since that was a commission work I made for a certain bride that won me with her kindness. The base of the piece is inspired by filigree technique with the difference that my piece is made with the use of cold connections only. Other decorative elements were made by using a variety of Swarovski crystals with aurora borealis effect and frosted Czech glass beads. There is also a blue glass cabochon in the center of the piece which bride wanted for me to include. I’m proud of this necklace because this was the first piece I really planned thoroughly. I usually make things as I go along, but with this one I just wanted to be sure, the connections will be kept at minimal and that the connections won’t show as much. I have spent a lot of time making it, but it was worth it every second. The only bad thing is that my photo is not as good as the piece itself so the piece looks even better when one is looking at it live.

Fairy Tale

Fairy Tale

Anything else you wish to add? I would like to thank to all people that appreciate the work I do. I often get such feedback that makes me believe people often feel my pieces and sense the message behind a certain piece. And that, of course, means a lot to me because sometimes it really gives me the impression my pieces are specifically tailored for certain individuals.

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Patrizia Tager (Triz)

Name: Patrizia Tager (Triz)

Website Link: http://www.triz.etsy.com

Where are you located? Israel

Chocolate Blossom Earrings

Tell us a bit about yourself:  I was born in Italy, from British and French parents, moved to London when I was 12.  After graduating with a BA Hons in Fashion Design, I moved to Israel where I reside today. I’m a single mother of a gorgeous 4 year old boy and equally gorgeous 12 year old black cross-Alsatian. 

When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art? As a little child I remember making beaded loom-woven bracelets with our babysitter and remember loving it, but as time went by I forgot all about those beads.  Throughout secondary school and college I enrolled in any and every creative class I could find and even after receiving my degree in fashion design I went on to study photography.  I always knew I wanted to create, I just hadn’t found my medium yet.  About 3 years ago, when my son turned one, after a whole year at home looking after him, I placed him in daycare a few mornings a week and decided to try out a basic beading class at my local bead shop, as a treat and to satisfy my creative urges.  That was it! Four classes and I was hooked. There I (re)discovered my obsession with beads and beadwork.  I began buying every magazine and book I could find on the subject and taught myself as many techniques as I could find.  A year later I opened my shop on etsy.

Midsummer Nights Dream

Midsummer Nights Dream

What do you make? I create original, unique beaded wearable art and jewelry. 

What materials and methods do you use? I use high-quality glass beads (Japanese and Czech), Swarovski crystals, fresh-water pearls, semi-precious stones.  My favourite techniques are hand beadweaving, bead embroidery and bead crochet.  I usually incorporate more than one technique in each piece.

Dangly Sunset

Dangly Sunset

Where do your design inspirations come from?  My inspirations come from everywhere.  I love looking at ancient artifacts, especially jewelry and mosaics, art, nature, architecture, fashion, colours, textures and of course the beads themselves.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio?  I work from home; I have appropriated part of my living room and dining room and turned it into my studio.

Where can your products be seen? Etsy, Blog, and Flickr 

Upcoming events: I will be teaching an advanced beading class focusing on design and colour next month.

Magazine articles or press: Some of my work was featured in the gallery section of a new instructional book “Flatwork” by Nicole Campanella (Beadwright)

Who are you a fan of? I’m a fan of so many bead artists, there is an extensive list of all my favourites on my blog, but my very favourite has to be Sherry Serafini.  Her work is simply stunning genius, and I can spend hours and hours drooling over it.

Price range:  Currently my prices range from $30 to $650.

Tell us  a little about one of your favorite creations: My favourite piece is usually the one I’m currently working on, as I put my heart and soul into every piece, the excitement of creating something new usually makes that piece my very favourite.  My latest pieces are my Black Panther series; neckpiece, bracelet and earrings – below is a picture of the neckpiece – all three pieces were bead embroidered around Labradorite cabochons, which are my new favourite semi-precious stones of the moment. The necklace was made with alternating bead embroidered cabochons and matte onyx discs.

Black Panther Necklace

Black Panther Necklace

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Gabriele Servayge

Name: Gabriele Servayge

Website Link: www.gabrieleservayge.com

Where are you from? Germany

Tell us a bit about yourself:  I am a Belgian, but I was born in Germany and I am living in Germany most of my time. My original profession was social work and  I did this for several years.
For my future I am interested in art therapy education. But at the moment I am very satisfied with creating glass beads.

When and why did you begin designing jewelry/art? I started making glass beads 5 years ago. Before this, I was looking for a method in which make it possible to paint and form beads with different colors and shapes. Then I saw glass beads on Ebay and I was so fascinated with them that I knew that is what I wanted to do.

What do you make? I make glass beads.

What materials and methods do you use? Mainly I make not round glass beads, but squeezed beads, so that I can use this surface for my ideas. I like to make shells on a waterground in green/blue colours. But I also like to make some flowers an murrinis.

 

Where do your design inspirations come from? My inspirations come from signs in nature, especially from the water.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? I have a nice place at home, I have there the best feeling for making glass beads. By walking in a beautiful park I always get some new inspiration.

Where can your products be seen?  My website and Ebay

Who are you a fan of? I like artistry, which is made by American and Australian natives. I like how they put the spirit of nature in their symbols.

Tell us  a little about one of your favorite creations: I mostly  make glass beads with shells on a ground of green blue oceancolours, I love the colours and the round spiral form of the shells, it let me feel the spirit of the ocean.

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