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Derya Aksoy

Name:  Derya Aksoy

Website Link: www.jewelera.etsy.com

Where are you located? Orange County, California

Tell us a bit about yourself: I was born and raised in the most beautiful city, –for me- in the world; Istanbul, Turkey . Istanbul is where two continents meet and has thousands of years of history. It is a city which never sleeps, where time goes faster and I never stop missing it. Right after graduating from Fine Arts College I followed the man I loved and moved to USA after our wedding in Istanbul. I was 22 then, and that was about 7 years ago. Since then I lived in Atlanta/GA, Appleton/WI and now Anaheim/CA. America is so huge, and has many different cultures under the same roof. Even though it was hard moving around just when you feel like you adjusted to the new place, it is also culturally enhancing.  Yes, I had back pain for a week after shoveling the snow in our driveway in Wisconsin the first time in my life, but I’m happy to say now that I did that you know? I’m a person who likes to learn new things by reading, but prefers to the actual practice too. Last but not least; I always start my day with a cup of Turkish coffee!

When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art? Why? Because I believe creativity was the ingredient added to my soul, genes and blood when I was being created. The women in my family were also very creative and artistic, especially my mom. She used to sew all my dresses, even school uniform and I grow up seeing her doing all kinds of craft from making flower bouquets out of dough to decorative painting. I have been drawing, creating with my hands and dreaming about being an artist since I was a kid. I used to make my own paper dolls, clipped house ware images from my mom’s magazines and made furniture by folding card boards to decorate a whole house for them!  That took me to study fashion in high school, then Set and Costume Design in College.  I never tried jewelry making until I moved to USA and got bored out of my mind at the first year. It felt like time slowed down and the streets were so empty compared to Istanbul with 18 million population. I was jobless, no language and no driver license, no family and friends. I always believe lack of things pushes people to be more creative, and with my mom’s suggestion I ordered some beads and basic beading supplies from the internet and started playing with them. I remember trying to make earrings first, and thinking ‘wow, it is a lot harder than I thought!’ Soon after I found my way around it and couldn’t stop!

What materials and methods do you use? I’m constantly trying to discover some new techniques and materials to create new and fresh look for my jewelry. I’ve never been interested in doing something traditional, not that it is a bad thing, but I’m just passionate about going against the rules and putting something out there that you don’t see alike around. I love people’s reactions when they see my designs and go ‘what is this made out of?’ or ‘how the H did you think of that?, it is really cool!’ Currently my butterflies/wings collection would be a perfect example for that, where I transfer butterfly images onto organza fabric to create them! I’m also proud of my cotton plants collection; I love my little unique cotton balls. I also used photographic prints, wool, electrical wire, plastic grocery bags, plastic bottle, raw silk, wallpaper and such materials in my designs so far. My studio is like a chemical lab most of the time. I love reconstructing vintage jewelry or include vintage components to my designs as well. Those make unique additions to my creations and a one of a kind features.

Where do your design inspirations come from? My biggest inspiration source is my surroundings. I’m a big fan of nature and I believe the most amazing designs/creations are already in the nature only not made by people. I mean look at the amazing patterns on animals, or color combinations on flowers, the veins on the wings of a tiny bug, there is no wrong, everything is so breathtakingly beautiful! My maze towards nature is definitely mirrors on my designs. The other one I would say is the culture I’m from. What I observed visually and emotionally when I was growing up definitely show themselves through my creations. I don’t plan to do so but that just happens, I believe that is same for all the other artists.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? For the last year I had a studio space in Artist Village, Santa Ana, which I loved. But then I realized I’m more productive at late nights so having my work space at home was more convenient. Now I’m back to working from home again, in my craft room where I have all my mess spread all over most of the time. I was never one of those well organized craft people!

Where can your products be seen? My online shop, my blog, and flickr (if you like to see more behind the scenes action), and my facebook page.  My work also can be found at Terrain store in PA .

Upcoming events: I will be in Long Beach Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival at June 27th Sunday   One of my favorite craft shows of all times!

Magazine articles or press:   I’ve written step by step instructions on several of my designs for jewelry magazines in the past years, a recent one will be in Handcrafted Jewelry magazine this year (more details will be in my blog once the issue is out). Also some recent features of my jewelry in these wonderful online sites:  Craftzinepapernstitchblog,   designspongeonline, collegecandy,   scoutiegirl

Who are you a fan of? I’m a huge fan of people who are willing to be open to share from themselves! Sharing would be in any kind, I share through my work, you may share a smile, or another one may share his knowledge, no limits! We are all unique and special and have different talents, skills etc. Why keep everything to ourselves? As you keep sharing, it becomes epidemic and that gets bigger and bigger, and from that huge thing it becomes there is always a good chunk of slice or two for everyone, it comes back to you. Some may see these as cliché, but things become cliché for a reason, it is the truth.

Price range: $13.50 – $265

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations: Currently my Fluttery Breath of Life necklace is my favorite one. It is bold in some way but not too overpowering due to the sheer nature of the organza fabric and mostly natural tones with just a little pop of bright colors here and there. It simply makes me happy to look at it, and the design itself is so unusual with my unique technique of creating the butterflies by transferring images of many different kinds of moths onto organza fabric.

Fluttery Breath of Life

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Lisa Bruemmer

Name: Lisa Bruemmer

Website Link: www.treeandkimball.etsy.com

Where are you located? Philadelphia, PA

Tell us a bit about yourself: After working as an apparel designer at Anthropologie for a little over four years, I have just recently left my job in order to focus on my jewelry business. I am a lover of all things vintage & storied… some of my favorite finds are: a well-worn Russian book of nursery rhymes, a hand-carved portrait of a woman on a piece of scrap wood, and an antique crochet lace blouse. I inherited my craftiness from a long line of quilters, tatters, embroiderers, & seamstresses. I’m originally from Ohio, currently live in Philly with my fiancé & precious pup, aspire to see every corner of the world, and to live in a few of them too!

When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art? I started making jewelry about a year and a half ago – just as a little something to occupy my creative energy after my day job. I have always loved & collected lace – my Great Aunt Marg was an incredible tatter & I was blessed with part of her collection when she passed away. Although none of her actual pieces have made it into my Etsy shop (they are tucked away safe & sound!), they got me thinking about how I love the juxtaposition of delicate against tough — in this case, lace against metal. I tinkered around, made my sister & some close friends some pieces & voila, I was in love. I’ve been keeping at it ever since.

What do you make? I make necklaces & earrings out of vintage lace & findings.

What materials and methods do you use? I use vintage lace, vintage glass beads, & antiqued chain.

Where do your design inspirations come from? I am inspired by so many things & people… some of the necklaces in my shop have been inspired by & named after those closest to me. Beyond that, I look to nature & all of the amazing vintage bits & baubs I have surrounded myself with… their well-loved looks always put me in a happy place!

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? My studio is nestled in a cheery little corner of my house, stuffed to the brim with all of the things I love. I have everything I need at my fingertips, either tucked away in a charming little cabinet that my grandfather made, or lined up along my favorite wall in the room – it’s covered in lovely lace wallpaper by British artist Louise Body. With sunshine streaming in through the windows & my little pup, Atlas, keeping me company, I’m at my best.

Where can your products be seen? In my Etsy shop & on my Facebook page.     Also, my jewelry can be found at Vagabond Boutique in Philly, The Little Apple in Manayunk. White Elephant Boutique in Ontario, and Tedda Hughes in San Francisco.

Upcoming events: I will be participating in the next Punk Rock Flea market to be held in Philly later this month! It’s always a great time.

Magazine articles or press:
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Who are you a fan of? Elinart, Spinthread, Laura Lombardi, Miss Amy Phipps, Wondercabinet, Debeaux Souvenirs, Lapomme, Elsita, Enhabiten, Liarock… all on Etsy!

Price Range: $18 -30

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations:
Of what’s currently in my shop, it would have to be the Corinne necklace – it’s named for my dear aunt, and I love the tiny faceted leafy green beads.

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Ivy Long—designer of Edera Jewelry

Name: Ivy Long—designer of Edera Jewelry

Website Link: http://ederajewelry.etsy.com

Where are you located? Beautiful Vermont, in the United State

What do you make? I make opulent, handcrafted lace jewelry. Many of my designs are one of a kind, and I have recently branched out into a Bridal Collection. I love creating custom pieces for brides–my specialty is designing jewelry that compliments the lace and detailing on a bride’s wedding gown.

When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art? I’m fortunate to have grown up in a creative household where all sorts of supplies were at hand, and creativity and experimentation were encouraged. My mother is a milliner and textile artist, so from a very early age I was surrounded by wonderful fabrics, laces, buttons, beads and trims, and could watch her at work. As a result, I’ve had a lifelong fascination with fiber arts and other handcrafts. In my early teens, I became particularly interested in jewelry making and apprenticed with several jewelry designers while still in high school. In my early twenties, I began crocheting delicate lace as a hobby, but quickly realized that I could combine this with my love of jewelry making, and Edera Jewelry was born.

What materials and methods do you use? My jewelry is created with an unusual fusion of lace making and jewelry techniques that I’ve refined over the years. Any given design might include crochet, tambour embroidery, sewing, hand beading, wire wrapping and stringing. Many of the lace motifs in my jewelry are drawn from my collection of lace patterns, some dating back to the 1800s. I use the finest silk and real metal threads –like those used in historic Renaissance and Rococo textiles–in my work, as well as vintage beads, semi-precious stones, gold-filled and sterling silver wire and findings.

Where do your design inspirations come from? Historical costuming, antique and vintage lace patterns and textiles, ethnic embroideries, silversmithing techniques, Renaissance, Art Nouveau and Rococo jewelry, the art of Klimt, the Pre-Raphaelites, the Glasgow School, Elizabethan portrait paintings–the list goes on! I am like a magpie, blending different eras and inspirations together. Sometimes even the stones and beads themselves suggest a design to me.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? I have a sunny little studio in our house that has a slanting roof and lots of windows.

Where can your products be seen? My Etsy Shop,   My 1000Markets Shop,  My Boticca.com Shop,  My Blog

Magazine articles or press: Courtney Love’s Hotlist Atlanta Magazine StyleList.com OneWed Best Wedding Sites

Who are you a fan of? There are so many talented, independent jewelry designers out there, especially on Etsy. I’m always amazed and inspired by: Magdalena of MagdalenasAtelier.etsy.com,  Jennifer of JenniferMorrisBeads.etsy.com,  Lorianne of Plumevine.etsy.com,  Emily of EmilyGrayJewels.etsy.com,  Penny of SparrowSalvage.etsy.com, Sheela of Eccletica.etsy.com, Wendy of FussJewelry.etsy.com, Jess of RosyRevolver.etsy.com

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations: One of my favorite designs right now is the Aurore Necklace. It’s the result of an experiment in creating more layered, three-dimensional effects in my jewelry. Strangely enough, I was inspired partly by translating silversmithing assemblage techniques into textile techniques. The pendant has an openwork base, which I embellished with different motifs and components, including a vintage rhinestone in a handmade cabochon setting. Instead of cutting and sawing and forging, though, the pieces are crocheted, and instead of soldered, they’re sewn in place to the base. This is perhaps one of my most opulent designs, too, in that it features quite a few AA and AAA grade stones, and is a wonderful, dramatic length that can be worn long or doubled up. I started with the large pink chalcedony focal and let it inspire me. The result is a romantic harmony of pinks and gold and crystals, which reminds me of something from a fairy tale.

Aurore Necklace

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Bonnie Van Hall

Name: Bonnie Van Hall

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Website Link: http://www.bonnievanhall.com/

Where are you located? Prescott, AZ

Tell us a bit about yourself: Unique clothing and jewelry have always held an attraction for me. From designing my own tops out of scarves as a teenager, to a fascination with the weaving of cloth from a single thread, my love for this practical and personal form of expression has continued to grow. My educational background is in spiritual psychology, and I see parallels between the forms and layers of the mind and the physical wearing of clothing. I hope my work expresses the idea that we can find meaning in everything we do, no matter how seemingly mundane or ordinary.

glasswear1047002When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art? I began doing beadwork in 1987 because I wanted to wear a certain kind of jewelry, but couldn’t find anything I liked. I taught myself to bead and gradually I found myself interested in creating larger wearable and decorative pieces. In the twenty-two years since then, I’ve found that my purpose in creating these pieces has evolved along with my skills. I’m interested in further refining my skills and methods, and finding new and more creative applications for my work. But perhaps more importantly, I’d like to generate some new interest in the old-fashioned traditional “women’s arts.”

What do you make? Most of my work is wearable, usually women’s clothing, jewelry, and handbags. Beadwork is the main focus of most of my pieces, if not the entirety. I have also experimented a bit with decorative works such as tapestries.

What materials and methods do you use? My materials range from glass beads, silver, gold and semi-precious gemstones to various fibers and antique or found objects. My methods are standard beadworking techniques (including both loom and off-loom weaving), and knitting. But I try to apply and combine these standard techniques in unique and creative ways.

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Where do your design inspirations come from? Many things inspire my work, most notably nature, color, and interesting forms, but often more elusive things like ideas, numbers, and even questions. The mysteries of being alive, and inquiries into the nature and meaning of life are often the seeds that grow into a new work.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? My “studio” is wherever I can find the space. Currently, my husband (bronze sculptor Gary Persello) and I share a tiny room in our house for studio space.

Where can your products be seen? My website has the most up-to-date works available for viewing.

libertyPrice range: My prices range from $75 items all the way up to $5000 for a one-of-a-kind beaded top.

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations: One of my favorite pieces is the very first beaded top I created, called “Desert Demonstration.” This piece actually began as a necklace/choker, but it took on a life of its own and evolved into a top made entirely of beads and gemstones. This was the beginning of a whole new direction for my work, and it really taught me to trust the creative process.

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Desert Demonstration

Anything else you wish to add? For me, one of the most exciting aspects of creativity is in not knowing where it will take me next. The most recent turning point in my work has led to the combining of knitting with beadwork, and I am enjoying the new possibilities this has led to. But I fully expect this will become something else entirely, and I welcome this unknown twist of fate!

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Mirjana Cesar

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Name:   Mirjana Cesar

Website Linkwww.mirjanacesar.com

Where are you located?  Orlando, Florida

scarletTell us a bit about yourself:  I’m a full time mixed media artist/wearable art/jewelry designer. I was born and raised in Zagreb, Croatia. I studied furniture design at University of Zagreb. In 1992, I moved to USA with my husband (who is also an artist), where our three children were born.

When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art? From a very young age, my artisan grandparents and my mother influenced me with their creative spirits. They taught me sewing, needlework, crotchet, knitting and everything else involving fiber. I started designing my own clothes and jewelry when I was in elementary school. We didn’t have any beading supply stores or  “how to” books in Yugoslavia (Croatia was part of the federation at that time), but I used my grand-grandmother’s stash of Czech seed beads and any other vintage beads that I could find to make my earrings and necklaces.   Through my thirties I put my creative ideas to rest and devoted myself to raising my kids. About four years ago I started painting, and little bit later I discovered free form peyote.

What do you make? I make wearable art jewelry, fiber art accessories and mixed media artwork.

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What materials and methods do you use? Any kind of beads, precious stones, mosaic tiles, fiber, yarns, basically anything I can find interesting and combine it into my designs. Recycling is my favorite source of materials. Freedom of the free form peyote technique intrigues me, and I love exploring the new possibilities it provides.

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Where do your design inspirations come from? Nature is my primary inspiration, memory of my grandmother’s designs, rich Croatian folk heritage and my plentiful inspiration. Very often I don’t really plan new project, just pile up materials and let it develop by itself.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? My studio is on the loft in my house. It’s divided into my beading area and painting area. I love listening to spiritual, calming music while I work.

Where can your products be seen?  My website   and Etsy store 

Magazine articles or press:  I didn’t submit to any magazines yet, but I’m planning to do it in the near future.

Who are you a fan of?  There are so many great jewelry artists, but two of my favorites are:
Lidija Fairbanks and Patrizia Tager.

Price range:  $20-$300

Tell us  a little about one of your favorite creations:  “Golden Star” was one of my first creations. It’s Free form peyote stitch necklace with mosaic glass tile, free form freshwater pearls and seed beads.

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Golden Star

Anything else you wish to add:  I’m grateful to be included on your website. I’m also very glad to see more and more appreciation for handmade jewelry.

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Meltem Semizoglu

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Name: Meltem Semizoglu

Website Link: www.meltemsem.etsy.com

Where are you located?  Istanbul, Turkey

il_430xn_54699632Tell us a bit about yourself: After 18 years of being a lawyer I have started beading as a hobby 5 years ago and I have been trained as a traditional jeweler for the last 3 years. Right now I continue my works with silver, gold and semi precious stones. I live in Istanbul with my husband, son and my cat.

When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art? I have been interested in crafting since my childhood because my mom used to be an artist also. I have started beading as a hobby 5 years ago. I have found the escape from the stress of being a lawyer with the colorful beads. After studying with beads for about 2 years, I have realized that it wasn’t enough for me to work with ready made materials. So I started to design my own works and learned to do metal work.

What do you make? Necklace, bracelet, ring, earrings, brooch are what I have been producing right now. I also want make hairclips, barrettes and bangles out of silver and gold.

What materials and methods do you use? Silver and gold plate, wires, semi precious stones, freshwater pearls

Where do your design inspirations come from? I am inspired from nature and environment. I also impress that I read a book, watch a movie.

il_430xn_53714942What is your best working environment/where is your studio?  My studio is where my old office used to be. But inspiration might come anywhere that’s why I have my sketch book with me all the time. I sketch anything that comes up to my mind.

Where can your products be seen?  Etsy,   ArtfireBlog,   Ecrater

Who are you a fan of?   Women from any age group who is elegant, stylish , has modern and classic style.

Tell us  a little about one of your favorite creations:  My rose collection. It’s because it’s my favorite flower and I was impressed by a quote of the great Anatolian philosopher, mystic poet Mevlana  “You consist of thought. The rest remaining is the flesh and bone. You become rose garden if you think of rose, you become thorn patch if you think of thorn” 

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Anything else you wish to add: I keep doing and learning this job I  started 4 years ago with passion. When I was create a jewelry silver or gold, stones and tools accompany me on this exciting journey. I believe that this good spirit and energy is also recorded and stored in the jewelry and in its stone. You may feel this positive energy while having the jewelry on you.  I believe that jewelry is a way to complete the dress and express a woman ideas.  I hope you  enjoy to wear my jewelry.

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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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Native Dancer

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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A look back at our November featured artisans

We are on to another month of great artisans. Hope you enjoyed viewing the work seen here and visit the websites of our featured artisans to see their latest creations.

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Sig Wynne-Evans – Beaded Bear

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Name: Sig Wynne-Evans

Website Link: www.beadedbear.com

Where are you located? Modesto California

Art Nouveau tiles

Art Nouveau tiles

Tell us a bit about yourself:  I am a safety inspector by day. But I started out as a classically trained violinist, until an accident at a part time summer job nearly amputated my finger tip, ending my violin playing. So I switched from music to working with horses for a while (as a groom/assistant trainer at a race track in Saratoga Springs NY, then finally earning my degree in Environmental Toxicology that landed my in my present job as a safety inspector for the State of CA. For me, beadwork filled my creative need which helps balance the scientific/technical end of my day job.

The transitions above were not easy. I fell onto hard times, and welfare. Before welfare kicked in to make ends meet, my then very young daughter and I survived from gathering “groceries” from the local supermarket dumpster. So when the welfare was approved, we actually had a little money left over, with which I bought beads, and the beadwork also helped to provide a little extra money. It was during this time that I also finished my degree work.

Winter Branch

Winter Branch

When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art? I used to admire beadwork that was in a gallery near where I lived (in the 1980’s), I couldn’t find a class or someone to teach me, so I taught myself out of a book (Deon Delange’s Technique of Beaded Earrings). Quickly, I tired of the geometric designs and began designing my own earring designs. My first inspiration came from a restaurant ad that featured a couple having dinner. Behind them, was a wonderful stained glass peacock. Determined, I charted a likeness of the peacock into an earring design. That started the avalanche of designs (over 2000) that I have today.

What do you make? Assorted styles of seed bead work. Earrings, necklaces, three dimensional figures. In addition, I write a column of sorts called The Cracked Bead which is on my website that is a commentary on the bead business. So many people have loved my commentaries, asking for more! They tell me, it is about time someone says what I say in my tongue in cheek rantings! 🙂

Peacock and Doves Garden

Peacock and Doves Garden

What materials and methods do you use? Primarily Delica beads, and I am exploring Aiko beads as well. I add Czech beads, Austrian C\crystals and other beads to enhance my work. I am always looking for unique materials!

Where do your design inspirations come from? Much comes from Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Arts and Crafts and the Pre-Raphelite art movements inspire me, as well as traveling to other countries.

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The Garden Wall

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? My studio is the room meant to be a dining room. It never served that purpose. The room houses my beads, computer and part of my art/bead library. I have a work table where I sit with my parrot beside me while I bead.

Where can your products be seen? www.beadedbear.com, www.bead-patterns.com

Upcoming events:Dec 6-7 The Women’s Building Craft show in Ft Mason San Francisco.

Magazine articles or press: I have written articles for Bead and Button, and Beadwork Magazines, I was also contributing Editor for Jewlery Crafts Magazine for 10 years. I also have authored over 20 bead pattern books.

Who are you a fan of? The Dali Lama, Yanni, Madonna, Vivaldi, Johan Strauss, Enigma, Anthony Bourdain, Andrew Zimmer, John Waterhouse, Alphonso Mucha (not necessarily in that order!).

Price range: $15-$4000

Tell us  a little about one of your favorite creations: The Mermaid. It is by John Waterhouse, one of my favorite artists. It represents over 40 hours to chart the design, and some 3 months of beading time.

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The Mermaid

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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!

We will soon be featuring a section of this site dedicated to posting upcoming shows and events for our featured designers. Check back in the coming weeks for this page.

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A look back at our September featured artists

Thank you for visiting all of the great sites of our featured September 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!

We will soon be featuring a section of this site dedicated to posting upcoming shows and events for our featured designers. Check back in the coming weeks for this page.

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Sarah Kelley

eclectic jewelry for eclectic peopleName: Sarah Kelley

Website Link: http://thebeadedlily.etsy.com

Where are you located? I was born, raised and still live just outside of Savannah GA.

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Kaleidoscope VI

Tell us a bit about yourself:

I’m a self-taught southern gal with a needle, a pair of pliers and an intense love for art, beads and jewelry. I believe that uniformity and conformity are overrated, that less is less, in the value of the unique, individual, ornamental and simple, and in the humanity of art. I also believe that artisan jewelry is particularly special because it’s collaborative. It connects the maker of the beads, with the maker of the piece, with the person who chooses that piece to say something about themselves. It connects us through time and space.

Ocean of Storms

Ocean of Storms

When did you start designing jewelry/art?  I’ve always played with arts and crafts, but I started seriously beading about 15 years ago. It was a scary time for me. My grandmother was in the hospital because of a brain aneurysm and my cousin’s bead stash was incredibly therapeutic. I never did follow directions so I was sort of designing right out of the door– not good designs, of course! Beading broke my lifelong streak of adopting and abandoning artistic hobbies.

What do you make? I have eclectic tastes and my work reflects that. My strung work is very much influenced by whatever beads I’m using, but it tends to be bold and colorful more often than not, and very raw, with a focus on rough or hand cut gems, handformed findings and artisan elements.
My wirework is straightforward and simple, very, very primitive with a generally clean and light feel. My beadwork is my ‘what if’ collection. Lots of color and movement, lots of freeform and texture and abstraction. I’m experimenting with it more often than not.

HamunaptraWhat materials and methods do you use? When asked what my favorite materials were, I once replied ‘holes.’ And that’s really true. Anything that has a hole is fair game if I think it’s pretty. I love organic things like seeds, bones and carapaces. I love beads that another artist made. I have a definite preference for the older arts, though, and materials like glass, clay and metal that have been around for centuries. The same is true of methods and techniques. In my wirework I consciously focus on ancient styles and techniques. In my beadwork I haven’t gone beyond the basic stitches and freeform.

Where do your design inspirations come from?

With my strung work it’s beads, colors, cultures, and intuitive connections between the elements. With my wirework it’s primitive designs seen in museums or history books, but also I get a lot of customer feedback. People will see my style and then say I like this and this, but I want this, and I make it and there, I’ve expanded my line. Or we’ve expanded my line. With the beadwork it’s more of a thematic thing. I’m part of a beadweaving group called the Etsy Beadweavers and we have monthly themed challenges and my designs are a combination of the announced theme, my own taste and whatever materials I have on hand or can afford to buy that month. But again, we’re talking color, texture, culture and beads.
 
What is your best working environment/where is your studio? I like to work in quiet or with something on the TV that I’ve seen so many times that I can just listen and don’t have to watch. Nothing too stimulating. But my studio is a corner table in the living room that is usually so covered in bead stuff that I’m on the couch or floor so I’m at the mercy of whoever’s home or gets to the TV first.

Kaleidoscope V

Kaleidoscope V

Where can your products be seen? Besides Etsy, I generally put new stuff up on my blog and Flickr accounts. Sometimes to my DA or TD accounts.  Blog  deviantART  TalentDatabase 
 
Upcoming events:  Savannah Market Bazaar Sept.13

Magazine articles or press: I’ve been featured on a few blogs the latest of which was a short introduction on the Bead Art Originals Blog.

Who are you a fan of? That’s so non-specific and could be a really long list! I’ll restrict myself to the bead artists but I’m on Etsy so a better question might be who aren’t you a fan of! I love Linda Rettich’s work and Heidi Kummli’s. JoAnne Zekowski makes incredible glass beads. All the fabulous ladies at Bead Art Originals do fabulous things with their mediums.
 
Price range: Currently $9 to $450

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations: That’s another tough one. I’m bad at picking one. I’ll make it easy and just go with my latest beadwoven piece with a wirework element. Links exemplifies much of what I’ve already said. It’s not really a stitch but totally freeform with an interesting mix of colors. It has a bone, and carapaces, an artisan lampwork bead, citrine rough and the wirework element which is primitive while providing color, move, negative space and sound. The whole piece has a very primitive, almost mystic feel. 

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Links

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Julia Goland

Forest Nymph
Forest Nymph

Name:  Julia Goland

Website Link: http://julishland.deviantart.com/     http://picasaweb.google.ru/julishland

Where are you located? Israel

Tell us a bit about yourself: I’m 26 years old. I’m the person that always in search of itself. I am a very impulsive and emotional person and it’s helped me  in my work.  I love to collect different beautiful, non-standard and not necessarily useful things.

When did you begin designing jewelry/art?  Four years ago

What made you choose this type of art? My great-grandmother was an actress in the theatre and she was a very creative person – she always used to  make all her costume jewelry by herself. When I was a child, I found her jewelry box and I was amazed by the  beauty of this jewelry  and  I  decided to do something myself. I took my mother’s old beads and created from it a bracelet and necklace. When I have shown it to my mom, it became a big scandal;  because I have unstring an antique pearls necklace which my great-grandfather had brought from Germany. So… it was my first experience in jewelry making. I think, that this  in many ways was my first step to my present work.

What materials and methods do you use?  Mainly  leather, but I also  use a lot of other materials, like wire, beads, polymerclay, it may be even something that isn’t necessarily intended for jewelry making like a  floristic accessories or packing materials.  And as for  methods… I don’t follow any tutorials or instructions, I love experimenting  with material possibilities, basic leatherwork  techniques that I use are burning, cutting and dyeing.

Where do your design inspirations come from? From a lot of things around me – from nature, historical jewelry,  fashion,  etc.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? My studio is in my flat. It’s very disorderly place and all over the flat you can find different stuff, leather cords, paint, beads, unfinished jewelry or something else.

Where can your products be seen?  Deviant Art and Picasa web

Are you a fan of any jewelry artisans? I’m not the fan of any concrete jewelry artisan but  I’m a big fan of contemporary jewelry style

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations: My favorite creation always the latest one. In this case it’s the “Morning in the forest” necklace (seen below).

Morning in the Forest

Morning in the Forest

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Antonija Gospic

Amber Lady

Amber Lady

Name:  Antonija Gospic

Website Link: www.galleriadivina.com  http://faeriedivine.deviantart.com

Where are you from? Zadar, Croatia

Tell us a bit about yourself: I’m 28, live in Zadar, Croatia, and work as an editor/journalist/photographer for the local newsportal of my hometown www.ezadar.hr. I study art history & anthropology at University of Zadar (3rd year), and still as a hobby make creative stuff – jewelry, purses, clothes…

Azure bonds

Azure bonds

When and why did you begin designing jewelry/art?

Nine years ago, I think… Started with polymer clay and now I’m totally into wirework. I also like simple clay, but mostly I prefer wire

What do you make? Everything of jewelry – necklaces, bracelets, bangles, earrings, headpieces sometimes. I also make other accessories like bags & purses, scarves (for sale too), and unique clothes (but for myself, not for sale). Two years ago I started doing some photography too.

What materials and methods do you use? I prefer stainless steel wire, and silver wire (but it’s very expensive here in Croatia and very hard to get), glass, semiprecious stones, clay (coloured with acrylic paint), all kinds of textiles, cord, actually everything that I found interesting to play with.

 

 

Where do your design inspirations come from? From lots of things around me – music, movies, fairytales, modern fashion designs, nature… I’m a big fan of history and fantasy and everything related to it (movies, art, music), so I guess that inspires me the most. I study Art history, so that inspires me a lot too, especially Medieval & Art Nouveau period

What is your best working environment/where is your studio?  Well, here and there 🙂 I live in a flat and don’t have much space for all my stuff, so I carry wire & beads everywhere around, which drives my husband crazy 😉

Where can your products be seen?  My website, DeviantArt communityPhotography

Upcoming events: Christmas 2008 (local fair) 

Telperion and Laurelin

Telperion and Laurelin

Magazine articles or press:

Two articles in local newspapers ‘Zadarski list’ (don’t have them scanned)
On the internet: T-Portal

Peachy

Peachy

 

Who are you a fan of?

J.R.R. Tolkien (literature), Simphonyc metal & rock music, ethno and classical music, art history in general… Jewelry artists: Eni Oken, Iza Malczyk, Krista Raak, Elly Pieper… and many more

Price range: From $5 to $200

Tell us  a little about one of your favorite creations: It’s hard for me to choose just one, cause I’m attached to few pieces. But I’ll select ‘Moonlight flower’ (seen below), which is one of my favourite pieces because it was made especially for the fantasy fashion show that took place at the Istrakon SF convention in Pazin. I wanted to make something really fairy, and I was so happy how it turned out, because I made it 100% spontaneously, without any clue what the design will be at the end. I used simple stainless steel wire, glass in multiple colours and moonstones.

Moonlight Flower

Moonlight Flower

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Vampi Choy

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Name: Vampi Choy

Website Link: http://vampsart.com

Where are you located? Richmond, Texas

Tell us a bit about yourself: I am 38 years old and I moved down here from Canada to marry my husband in 2003. We share our home with a little twit of a hairball, Fishhook.

Rose cuff

Rose cuff

When and why did you begin designing jewelry/art? I was suffering from chronic depression and bipolar disorder when I came upon my mothers stash of beads and sequins. Mom had a small amount of different beads, Czech, acrylic, resin, and it just hit me that I could probably bead up a picture of a koi fish. I really don’t know where the idea came from, I just know it was a long time coming. After 4 days of continuous beading, I had my first bead embroidered piece and from there I was obsessed.

What do you make? Mostly jewelry, but when I need a break, I’ll try my hand at small bags and accessories. Right now I’m working on a unity candle cover for my step-daughters upcoming wedding.

Spanish cuff

Spanish cuff

 

 

What materials and methods do you use? Mostly seed beads, but I’ve grown to encompass crystals, shells and whatever can be glued down or sewn down or has a hole in it. I prefer bead embroidery, but freeform stitches are my second love. There’s no structure, no pattern, and no boundaries.

Where do your design inspirations come from? I honestly have no idea. It’s usually colors that dictate the design and what is going to be made. I get color combinations in my head that won’t stop weaving in and out of my brain until I at least make a bracelet out of those colors. If the colors still flow through my brain after that, then a necklace is usually in the making.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? We just purchased our first (and only) home, so I’ve got my own 12×12 ‘craft room’. I don’t really call it a studio because it doesn’t really strike me as such. I prefer to work in the craft room because it has the best lighting for what I do and I’ve got everything I need there.

Where can your products be seen?    The Beaders Showcase, My Website, and Deviant Art

Upcoming events: I am taking part in the Houston Bead Society Annual Bazaar on November 7th to 9th, 2008

Serenity

Serenity

Magazine articles or press: 

Exploring Beaded Art Dolls, Cindy McCornack – Violet doll
Embroidered bead collar, Bead & Button, October 2003
Embroidery with Beads booklet, Bead & Button, 2004
The Healing Powers of Beading, Jewelry Crafts, December 2005
Your Work, Bead & Button, February 2008 – Garden of Miss Content collar

Who are you a fan of? There’s quite a few… Sabina Anderson, Heidi Kummli, Sherry Serafini, Laura McCabe, Rebekah Hodous, Tina Koyama, Yulia Crystal, and a lot lot more. I find new bead artists every day, who inspire and astound me.

Price range: $75 and up.

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations: My favorites change with each piece I make. I think my favorite for right now would be my ‘Garden of Miss Content’ collar. The colors are just so soft and spring like and the Regency Rose cab is just spellbinding.

Garden of Miss Content

Garden of Miss Content

Anything else you wish to add here:  I just wanted to add that beading isn’t a hobby for me, nor is it quite a profession. It’s something that I literally need to do. This is what I do to keep my mind healthy and focused. I do believe that everyone in this world has a creative streak in them… they just have to find it 🙂

 

We are so glad you found those beads and you chose this type of art, it appears by the beauty of your art, it was a perfect choice for you.

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A look back at our August featured artists

Thank you for visiting all of the great sites of our featured August World Artisan Gems. Be sure to join our mailing list so you’ll have instant access to and be the first to know the latest information about the most 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!

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