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A look back at our December featured artisans

A summary of our talented December featured artisans.  Be sure to check out their websites.

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Merle Berelowitz

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Name: Merle Berelowitz

Website Link: www.msmaddiesbeads.com

Where are you located?  New York City

flower-charmsTell us a bit about yourself: I work as a bead artist from my home studio in Manhattan which is a treasure trove of beautiful beads to inspire me. I am married and have two children and four grandchildren

When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art?  I became addicted to my craft 7 years ago when a friend took me along to a beading class in Las Vegas

What do you make? Bracelets and necklaces

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What materials and methods do you use? Glass and acrylic flowers and leaves brought together in natural or whimsical designs

flowersWhere do your design inspirations come from? Everywhere I look

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? I love to be alone when I work with my iPod playing a good book and the world around me shut off

Where can your products be seen?  www.msmaddiesbeads.com on the web but also in various editions of beading magazines

Magazine articles or press: Feb/Mar 2009 issue of Beadwork; April/May 2009 Bead and Button magazines

Who are you a fan of?  Sherri Serafini and Suzanne Golden

Price range :  $50 and up

Tell us  a little about one of your favorite creations: I have done a beautiful bracelet depicting “a Teddy Bears Picnic” that is a new version of a similar scene I did as an edible decoration for my daughters First Birthday Cake – she is now 37 and I still love looking at the treasured photograph of the cake.

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Sue Horine

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Name: Sue Horine
 
Website Link: www.beadartbysue.com
 
Where are you located? I live in Mountain Ranch, California in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. on ten acres which I share with my significant other Mike, our two dogs Ted and Lizzie, 11 chickens and our 80 year old desert tortoise Mr. Tortie.
 
the-dunesTell us a bit about yourself:  I was born in Pasadena, California where I lived in the same house for 18 years until my family moved to the San Francisco bay area.  For as long as I remember I have had very busy hands.  As a kid I used to draw so much my mother would go to the local newspaper and get the ends of the rolls of newsprint so I could have drawing paper.  There was always some sort of craft project I was involved in.  I would draw and paint for hours, disappear in my dad’s workshop to make candles, wire mobiles, resin flowers and too many things to even remember.  I could totally entertain myself with projects and my parents were very patient! I have traveled all over the west and have lived in several interesting environments.  I made a life change when I turned 30 and abandoned the world of food service, moved to the mountains and became a certified cross country ski instructor in the winter and a bicycle mechanic in the summer.  I opened my own card, gift and bookstore in the ski resort village of Bear Valley, California which I operated for 10 years until I closed it and moved to Mountain Ranch. When I am not beading I work full time at our retail nursery and volunteer a day a week as a dog evaluator at our county animal shelter.  I guess it would be more accurate to say when I am not working or volunteering I find the time to bead!
 
When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art? In 2006 I found some cabochons my grandparents had cut and polished in the 1960s.  I loved the depth and beauty of the cabs but didn’t quite know what to do with them.  I saw some seed bead work while visiting a friend and my interest in beading was piqued.  I remembered the beading techniques a dear friend had taught me many years ago and so my journey to create beaded cabochons began.  I started out just beading around the cabs and then began to incorporate some bead embroidery.  Many of those first beaded cabs have been remade into more elaborate embroidered pieces.  That’s the great thing about beading – you can rip it all apart and start all over again!
What do you make? Almost all of my jewelry involves cabochons.  Once in a while I will create a piece using only seed beads.  I mostly make necklaces, art neck pieces and some cuff bracelets but I would have to say necklaces are my favorite things to create. 
What materials and methods do you use? Cabochons are my absolute favorite material.  They are the center, the inspiration, the creative force in my work.  I try to incorporate a variety of textures and colors and  I love using size 15 seed beads the most.  They are so tiny and I love the detail they bring to the piece.  Sometimes I have to force myself to use a palate of colors and sizes of beads that I would not naturally choose.  I often rip things apart and start over when the piece is not going where I want it to go.  I mostly do bead embroidery but sometimes incorporate some bead weaving, though I must admit I am not a big fan of bead weaving.  It is very hard for me to follow patterns and instructions, I guess because I always want to follow my heart!  That doesn’t necessarily follow the rules.
 

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Where do your design inspirations come from? It’s all in the stones.   I  see a landscape, a picture, a story needing to be told.   Sometimes I am reminded of a place I have been or a feeling I have had.  Most of the time I just start beading and follow where the beads take me.  I can only remember a couple of times when I have actually designed a piece on paper.  I just don’t work that way.  When I do sketch out a design it is very rare the piece turns out looking like the sketch.
heart-like-a-featherWhat is your best working environment/where is your studio? I have a small spot cleared out on a make-shift desk comprised of an old door set on two file cabinets in the home office for our business.  I clear out a space among the stacks of paper work and bills.  All my beads are stored in two large tackle boxes, which are stacked by the door in the bedroom. Since our house is only 800 square feet my beading can’t take up too much room.  When I create a piece I select all the beads I will need and put everything else away. All the items  I use can be neatly set aside so my work space can become a desk once again.  I would love to have a studio or even my very own work table! I usually work with total silence, sometimes I’ll listen to music.
 
Where can your products be seen? My work can be seen on my web site www.beadartbysue.com and my etsy site www.sedonaskye.etsy.com
 
Magazine articles or press:  I had a piece featured in the “Your Work” section of the April 2008 issue of Bead and Button magazine and have another one scheduled for publication in the June 2009 issue.  One of my necklaces was pictured in the 2007 Fire Mountain Gems Jewelry Makers catalog.
 
Who are you a fan of? There are many great bead artists out there but I would have to say my favorites are Heidi Kummli, Sherry Serafini and Cassandra Graham.
Price range:  Currently $40 to $700
Tell us  a little about one of your favorite creations: I would say my favorite would be Native Dancer.  I was so inspired by the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow in Albuquerque, New Mexico many years ago.  The visual stimulation of the colors and the dancing, swirling costumes and feathers was amazing.  I tried to incorporate all the sensory input I felt there in one piece.  It was the first big piece I created.  When this piece sold I really had mixed emotions.
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Anything else you wish to add?  For me, beadwork is the ultimate escape.   It is quiet, peaceful, creative and therapeutic.  The possibilities are endless as long as there are beautiful cabochons in the world.  Thank you for the opportunity to share my work with World Artisan Gems.

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Zuda Gay

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Name: Zuda Gay Pease

Website Link: clayinthehands.blogspot.com 

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Where are you located? Camp Point, IL  US

Tell us a bit about yourself: My parents were very creative people who raised their children to be the same – in every aspect of our lives. They were our biggest cheerleaders and instilled in us the thought that we could be whatever we wanted. I wanted to be a wife, a mommy and an artist. I am so blessed that I have been able to be all three. I married my best friend when we were 18.  We have two beautiful daughters, two wonderful sons-in-law and seven amazing and precious grandchildren. We live in a very small town in West Central Illinois with our family nearby. Life is very good!

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When did you begin designing jewelry/art? I have been playing with clay from the time I was a child. I loved playing with play dough and painting and coloring then and I still do. I have been working with polymer clay for over 12 years. I have been primarily making beads and pendants in the last four years.

dscf0027What made you choose this type of art? I love playing with clay of any type. I love polymer clay in particular for its instant gratification (a finished cured piece to gaze at in less than an hour) and the amazing things you can do with it and make it become. And of course, the color play. I love color!

What do you make? I primarily make flower pendants and beads.

il_430xn_43256291What materials and methods do you use? I use polymer clay, mainly Kato and Premo! brands.  I rarely use a color straight from the block. I mix my own colors and create blends using the Skinner Blend technique. I make mille fiore canes for my flower petals and my own techniques to create  flowers on bead bases.

Where do your design inspirations come from? All of creation! I love flowers, but have a brown thumb. So I make flowers that don’t wilt. I am inspired by other artist’s work and their use of color as well.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? I need music! My studio is a room in our house, so it is available at anytime during the day or night when the urge to create hits.

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

Upcoming events: None at this time

Magazine articles or press:  1000 Jewelry Details and Simply Beads Magazine – August 2008

Are you a fan of any jewelry artisans?  Oh yes! Sharon Henry from Mana Moon Studio, Olivia Herbert from The Filigree Garden.

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Ira Zelickman

 

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Name: Ira Zelickman

Website Link: www.fleur-de-irk.com

Where are you located? Maale Adumim, Israel

2971711139_55b2ab3a38Tell us a bit about yourself: I was born in Moscow to a sculptor father and a scientist mother. I never fancied drawing and painting, but liked sculpting and gravitated to miniatures even in my early childhood. I was born left-handed and my grandmother taught me all kinds of feminine handcrafts like knitting, crocheting and embroidery in an effort to put right this “unnaturalness.” I didn’t become right-handed but now can effectively use both hands which is very helpful in my current line of art. I studied mathematics and computer science in high school and Moscow University but never finished the university. I married very young and devoted 12 years to bring up my 5 children. During the next 8 years I helped my husband in his business and only in the end of 2004 decided to go on and make my hobby a full time occupation. We moved to Israel in 1988 and now I live and work in the beautiful town of Maale Adumim near Jerusalem.

n842When did you begin designing jewelry/art? My first seed beads came from a broken Czech necklace. The beads were black and white and I made an ornamental bracelet with wire. I was 7 at that time. It is hard to imagine this now but there were no beading books in 1970 in Moscow, so I invented different methods of beadwork myself. I use these methods to this day. It turns out many of these stitches well-known and have a name. In much later years, I discovered internet shops with all the different materials and incorporated natural stones and pearls in my beadwork.

What made you choose this type of art? The art of beadwork brings together fine mathematical and engineering calculations with endless color possibilities. I think it just speaks to both my parts – technical and artistic.

n730What do you make? I make jewelry. All kinds, but the most satisfaction I get is from creating necklaces.

What materials and methods do you use? In addition to hundreds of types and colors of seed beads, I use natural stones, freshwater pearls, glass and crystal beads, wood, coral, shell… I don’t like synthetics and all kinds of simulations like artificial pearls and glass “stones”. As for the methods – I use many different bead weaving techniques, some of them well known and some of my own invention.

Where do your design inspirations come from? From literally everywhere… Plants, wisps of smoke, water marks on the sand, art, films… I love looking through antique jewelry sites and pictures from fashion shows.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? I have a tiny work room in my house. It is packed with materials and finished jewelry, and is the best place in the world.

 

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Where can your products be seen? www.fleur-de-irk.com
www.fleurdeirk.etsy.com
http://en.dawanda.com/shop/Fleur-de-Irk
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fleur-de-irk/

Are you a fan of any jewelry artisans? I want to introduce two artists. One of them is an Israeli artist who works with leather. Her name is Julia Goland [also one of our World Artisan Gems].   The other one is my recent find on Etsy. I know nothing about this person but that her work with stones and seed beads is astonishing.

Price range: $15-$250

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations: This is one of those necklaces with no known beadwork techniques that would give the effect I wanted so I had to invent a new stitch. I doubt I will be able to reproduce it as I can’t remember exactly how it was made.

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Anything else you wish to add?  When I make a necklace, I think about the person that will wear it. I keep in mind a certain type of woman and envision how beautiful she will look in it. That is my ultimate goal – to make the world around us a bit more beautiful.

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Suzanne Golden

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Name:  Suzanne Golden 

Website Linkwww.suzannegolden.com

Where are you located?   New York City

evolution_4Tell us a bit about yourself:  I am retired after having worked at the corporate offices of Estee Lauder for 22 years.  I am single and live in a small apartment overrun with beads, clothing and shoes.

When did you begin designing jewelry/art?  About 12 years ago I discovered beading after taking a workshop with David Chatt in NYC.

What made you choose this type of art? Beading was the perfect medium for me to express my artistic ability with the use of primary colors and bold, playful styles.

What do you make?  Most of the time it’s either bracelets or necklaces. Lately it’s been gifts for close friends and family members.

What materials and methods do you use? I am currently using peyote, netting and right angle weave stitches. My choice of materials varies from seed beads to crystals to acrylic and plastic beads.

going_quackers_2Where do your design inspirations come from? My inspiration might come from a picture, clothing or something colorful and then I try to interpret that into a beaded piece of
wearable art. Color is my biggest influence.  I see everything in the world, from people to nature, in terms of color and it inspires me to create.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? I work at home in my apartment at a large “J” shaped desk. My computer is right next to me and is always on, as well as my television which is right in front of me.

Where can your products be seen? On my website: www.suzannegolden.com

Upcoming events: A necklace I made using acrylic beads will be featured in the upcoming Dairy Barn/Beads International Exhibit

Magazine articles or press:  I am in the December 2008 issue of Bead and Button’s Collector’s Edition which features a netted bracelet I made.  My other articles are listed on my website.

Are you a fan of any jewelry artisans? Yes, I am in awe of Christine Marie Noguere’s stunning bracelets and I adore the graphic work done by Jean Power.  Also Merle Berelowitz has a very lovely and sweet way with flowers in her work. 

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Price range: My pieces start at $300 and go as high as $5,000.

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations: Whatever I’m working on at the moment is my immediate favorite.    This necklace has been selected to appear in the upcoming Dairy Barn/Beads International Show:

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Anything else you wish to add here:  I am passionate about creating wearable art, and beading allows me to take my creative ideas and combine them with my love of fashion. I enjoy all aspects of beading; from the idea, the work and seeing the final result. Getting published and accepted in prestigious art shows has also given me great pleasure.

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Christina Bjenning – Esmeralda Designs

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Name: Esmeralda Designs by Christina Bjenning

Website Link: http://esmeraldadesigns.com/index.htm

Where are you located? Sea Cliff, a Victorian  artisan-rich village only one square mile big without a single traffic light on the North Shore of Long Island in New York.

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Tell us a bit about yourself:  “My designs like the diamonds I use are, beautiful, rough, and conflict free. In the spirit of conservation, each piece is created with eco-friendly avant garde methods. The metals are up-cycled. The fine silver recycled from photographic film. The bronze from scrap copper.”

I am a Coffee, Dusty Boot and Music loving Distractable Diminutive Metalsmith and Sculptor living with my family in an artisan village a mere square mile without a single traffic light.

My Soulful, Raw and Ethereal Eco-designs embellish rock musicians, opera singers, Oscar Wilde inspired art historians, alternate life-stylers, cowboys, tom girls, wild moms and other really wild spirits.,I design to music. I design for The Lord.

When did you begin designing jewelry/art? Sculptor and painter  sidelined by science for …ack…12 years.. I began my jewelry designs and smithwork five years ago

What made you choose this type of art? Fascination with the beauty of nature and her materials combined with a solid background in sculpture made me fascinated by metalsmith work and gemstones. Strong commitment to conservation and intrigued by new technology.

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What do you make? What materials and methods do you use? My designs are made with eco-friendly avant-garde methods and up-cycled metals in order to conserve our beautiful planet. For instance, all my fine silver is recycled from photographic film and the bronze comes mainly from scrap copper.

Needless to say, my rough diamonds are conflict free and I use diamonds mined in four of the 74 countries that signed the Kimberley Process; The Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Canada and Russia. The Kimberley Process and System of Warranties is a UN mandated and monitored system. For more information visit DiamondFacts.org.

Bronze, Bronze Baby! My new line of sculpted bronze pieces, made from BRONZclay™, brand new eco-conscious technology made from recycled copper (bronze is a combination of mostly copper and a little bit of tin) and tin and binder that was shaped and hand-carved and then fired in active carbon, just like out of the ashes in Pompeji. The patina is natural and will reveal shining bronze if you polish it…very cool! My Heart collection features fine silver jewelry that speaks to your heart and my Soul Collection features soulful sculpted bronze pieces. And combinations of silver and Bronze My Spirit collection features one-of a kind high-end spiritual pieces in 14K or 22K gold with exquisite precious stones. Also, here you find my doeskin pieces. Only seven pieces are designed every third year. Previous years collections are sold out, the designs are found in National and International collections of lovely costumers in the US and abroad. Three of the latest designs are still available for purchase.

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Where do your design inspirations come from? I design to Music, letting the beauty of Nature inspire me as I live by water and walk through the little streets of our village every day. I design for our Lord and cherish my Family my Friends, my rescued pets and the subtleness of poetry and scents.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? I live in an old Roebuck-Sears house lovingly restored by its previous owner and we fell in love with the house in particular because of its quirky-ness and the freestanding garage up the hill that we insulated and equipped with workbenches and from its widows I can see the Connecticut Sound on the North Shore of Long Island. I dance and the metals sing in that amazing place:D

Where can your products be seen? My website,    my blog,    my Etsy store,     Indiepublic

Magazine articles or press: Del Mar Times, April 2007

Are you a fan of any jewelry artisans? Yes!  The amazing eco-metalsmith Jesse Danger and Artisan, Ironsmith János Gábor Varga of Blind Spot Jewellery and I am impressed by the work of many others.

Price range:  $35 to $3, 500

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Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations: Gaia is one of my favorite creations, she is a Peruvian Opal suspended from a yummy14K tasseled gold chain and her colors are like those of the Caribbean…I envision that one day…somehow I find myself in a teeny Cessna in the Caribbean archipelago and I see a constellation of atolls just like in this stone and I point and say-right there-realizing that this is now where I will spend the winters and the plane lands on one of those Islands-yummy green in the middle of amazing blue.

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Anything else you wish to add? Thank you so much for choosing my designs for your interview series,  I am delighted and so honored to be featured amongst such talent.

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