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Nataša Tesner

Name: Nataša Tesner

Website Link: www.nakit-ulmana.si

Where are you located? Ljubljana, Slovenia

Tell us a bit about yourself: I grew up in a charming rural environment. My parents were divorced when I was still young. I could describe my childhood as modest but happy and always joyful. I lived with my brother, my mother and grandfather, who was, in a way, my second father. When I turned 16, I met the love of my life. We have been happily married for some years now and have a son and a daughter.  I finished high school, business and administration, but had to get a job immediately because of money. I work as a bank clerk. Designing jewelry is, for the time being, just a hobby. I am my happiest and most creative when surrounded by my family, listening to wicked dance or romantic ethnic music.

When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art? I began designing in my mid twenties. At first, I did silk painting but later wires weaved their way into my fingers. It came very spontaneous. Ideas were being born and the first necklaces made on the spur of the moment and out of imagination. I have been designing for 15 years.

What do you make? I design necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings. Occasionally, I would do a brooch or something. I leave a piece of myself in every finished product.

What materials and methods do you use? When designing, I mostly use colored craft wire, polymer clay and other synthetic materials. Every now and then a pearl, a gemstone or glass or wooden beads are interwoven into the wires.  Products don’t have to be expensive to be beautiful. I think it’s stupendous to be able to thread an astonishing design out of common wire that you can easily and without embarrassment wear on special even formal occasions.

Where do your design inspirations come from? Ideas come spontaneously, often in the still of the night over the city, when it’s off to dreamland. That’s the time to reflect on new projects. Sometimes, I’d make a draft sketch, so that it doesn’t slip my mind, but it only happens so often. Most of the time, though, I just let my imagination roam. An idea would cross my mind but then good music, a touch of inspiration and a combination of the right colors do their thing.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? There is no particular place for designing that I would call my own. I tend to move around a lot; one time I’d work in the kitchen, the other in the living room. In the summer, I find it particularly snug to sit at the back of the house and design outside. Most of all, I consider good lighting to be very important, as the wire is very fine and the eyes suffer considerably.

Where can your products be seen? All products can be viewed at my online gallery, and some are featured on my Facebook profile Nataša Tesner Nakit Ulmana.

Upcoming events: None currently. Looking for opportunities.

Magazine articles or press: Over the past years I’ve entered two jewelry competitions for charity and have received positive reviews at both. I have been a finalist for the »Create for Life« competition for the first time. All proceeds from the sale of the jewelery from the finals went to the renovation of the Institute for Oncology Ljubljana, under auspices of Europa Donna, the European Breast Cancer Coalition, and for my second finals placement at the »Create for Fight Against Violence« competition, I received a special prize from the BELI OBROC Society (Fight Against Violence Society) for jewelry with a message.

Last year, I was honored to host at my home Ms Lorella Flego, a renowned Slovenian fashion expert, who did a piece on my work for Glitter, a fashion program hosted by Slovenia’s national television.

Who are you a fan of? I am fascinated by the work of Ms Tanja Curin, an established Croatian jewelry designer. I find her jewelry exceptionally feminine..

Price range: My products are valued at $15 up to $400.

Tell us  a little about one of your favorite creations: One piece from my collection is particularly striking; it’s a necklace, a black beauty, fit for the evening, formal occasions. It’s made of fine threads, intertwined in a labyrinth of thicker wire; I designed it in the moment’s inspiration, without a draft sketch or a preconceived idea and it gives the piece the appearance of intricate lacework. More than 100 hours of work went into the piece and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it.

Anything else you wish to add: I assuage the stress of the hustle and bustle with my hobby, which is slowly growing into something more, fueling my desire to own a small shop in the old city center, where my products could bring joy to admirers of unique pieces of jewelry.

My motto is ” Full of inspiration, accompanied by the three persons, dearest to my heart, I pursue my dreams” ULMANA

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Su Fen Tan – Il Mare Atelier

Name: Su Fen Tan

Website Link:   ilmare-atelier.blogspot.com

Where are you located? Singapore

When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art? Born and raised on a tiny tropical island in Southeast Asia, I’m grateful for the proximity to the lush greens of nature when most cities are monochromatic.  I’m also fortunate to have many opportunities in my life to experience and learn about the various art forms and cultures of the world.  My creative journey started a few years ago when I was learning to paint with oils.  As time passed, I wanted to create art that could fit more easily into everyday life and that was how I began experimenting with gemstones and wire and my own line of handmade jewelry was born.

What do you make? Earrings, bracelets, necklaces in a variety of colors and hues from mauves and pinks (my favorite!) to violets and blues.

What materials and methods do you use? I’m amazed to discover the incredible variety of high quality materials available to jewelry designers!  I use mainly semi-precious gemstones and pearls with goldfilled and sterling silver wires and love to create clusters from these using wirewrapping techniques.  I’m looking forward to exploring more complex wirewrapping styles in the future.

Where do your design inspirations come from? It is hard to pin down a single source really.  I could be inspired by a story, a painting, a piece of music, a poem, a bunch of flowers…inspirations manifest themselves in the most unexpected forms.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? A section of my room is dedicated as my studio area where I work.  I love to lay out my beads and sometimes ideas and inspirations develop on the spot as I pick and choose the gems.

Where can your products be seen? My creations can be seen at both my Etsy and Artfire studios.

Magazine articles or press: It has been my pleasure to be featured on:  The Bright Side Project, Cuteable, and Handmade News.

Who are you a fan of? There are so many talented artisans out there and here is just to name a few whose works take my breath away – Iza Malczyk, Emily Gray of EmilyGrayJewels, Mgypsy,  Magdalena.

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations:  My favorite creation has to be this piece – Lavender Fields bracelet.  I am a big fan of mauves and pinks and this bracelet is created from lavender amethyst and cherry red rhodolite and pink topaz.  What touches my heart about this bracelet is the dash of sunshine yellow citrine which I felt help to bring the rest of the gems to 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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Einat Agmon

Name: Einat Agmon

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

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Where are you located? Buffalo, New York

Tell us a bit about yourself:  I am originally from Israel and was raised in Jerusalem. I found much inspiration for all my artistic interests through the beauty and history of the land. I have had many hobbies throughout the years, but my main focus was on artisan jewelry and music. Both have been my greatest passions since early childhood. I started making jewelry when I was 12 years old and by 17, I was teaching jewelry classes at an arts and crafts shop in Jerusalem. After high school, I enrolled in the Israeli Army as part of my mandatory service. I served as a boot camp instructor for two years which was an interesting and unusual experience. After that, I moved to the US in 2003 to pursue a music career in Vocal Jazz. My plans, however, were soon to change. Today I live in Buffalo, NY with my husband Dave who is a wonderful musician and teacher.

il_430xN_72340106When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art?  I opened my design studio in 2007 after a few years of working as an assistant jewelry designer for an acclaimed Buffalo artist. What’s funny is that I always thought music would be my primary occupation and jewelry design would be my hobby. But, very quickly after I started working with Karol Kirberger, I realized that my heart and passions were in artisan jewelry. Today, I still sing from time to time when I have a free moment, but I love what I do. I can’t picture myself doing anything else.

What do you make? I make artisan gemstone jewelry and my work is “one of a kind”. I use sterling silver and/or 14K gold filled with all of my designs. The details are very important to me, which is something that people always notice. I make many different types of jewelry from rings and necklaces to hair and body jewelry, which is usually custom designed.

What materials and methods do you use? My materials are always gemstones and pearls which I buy annually at the Tucson Gemshow – the biggest gem show in the country. My methods include beading, wire wrapping, soldering, riveting, forging, sawing and other jewelry making techniques. I really enjoy working on small details that tend to be very time consuming and intricate.

ringWhere do your design inspirations come from? It’s funny, but many times I dream my designs. My subconscious picks up on different visuals and they come back to me in my sleep in the form of jewelry. Other than that, I always have music playing when I’m working, which is a great inspiration for me. I also love nature and organic shapes and forms and use them often in my designs. Every now and then I also find inspiration in industrial structures of different kinds. Strong contemporary jewelry is really fun to make when I’m under that influence.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? My work environment is in my home. I have a beautiful workshop in my sunroom looking towards my back yard with birds and tree branches looking back at me. I love my studio and it is my special corner where I can relax and create.

TurquoisetearsWhere can your products be seen? My work can be found online at my new Etsy shop.    Etsy is a wonderful platform for artisans and crafters and I love to shop there myself. You can also find my work in shops and boutiques in Buffalo such as the famous and featured artisan shop Wild Things and the Burchfield-Penney Art Gallery. I also take part in many art and craft shows across New York.

Tell us  a little about one of your favorite creations: The Tree of Life is one of my all-time favorites. The one in this photo is made with tourmaline and sterling silver. Like most people, I love trees. They give us fruits and their leaves give us oxygen and so without them, there would be no life. This design always touches people and it is one that I have also made for myself and wear all the time.

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Tree of Life

Anything else you wish to add? Making jewelry has become my world and it is my full time passion. There are many things about what I do that I love. One of them is the joy of meeting the strong and beautiful women from around the world who have bought my pieces. I feel privileged to make jewelry that helps them express who they are.

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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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Black Crow – Trudy Gerritsen

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Name: (Black Crow) Trudy Gerritsen

Website Link: http://www.blackcrowjewelry.nl/

Where are you located? I’m located in a small town in The Netherlands.

IMG%20001aa_mTell us a bit about yourself: I grew up as an only child with beloved parents. My mom was creative too and she could make wonderful things with knitting. I was a creative child with a special love for collecting beads and feathers, pieces of wood and stones. Ever since I can remember I was  very interested in Native culture and their respect for nature and all living things! Many years later, I started to make dreamcatchers with gemstones, and that was (again)  the restart of my love for beads!

When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art? I started with making dreamcatchers when I had my own small bead shop on the world wide web. In the beginning, there were only glass crow beads and gemstone chips that I used for my dreamcatchers. That was in 2004. A few years later, the bead collection became bigger and I started to sell other gemstone beads and that was also the start for making jewelry myself. The addiction to seed beads was much later and I created the first cuff in April 2007 after I saw the art of Heidi Kummli.  Designing and making jewelry started as a hobby, but slowly it became my work and I love it !

What do you make? My favorite piece of work is to design and create a beadwork bracelet, especially turquoise and bridal cuffs, but I also make rings, necklaces, earrings and jewelry with gemstones and natural beads. I guess bracelets are my favorite because I wear them myself too, I never wear necklaces.

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What materials and methods do you use?  I love to work with gemstones and all other natural materials, for the cuffs I always use leather as a backing. The seedbeads I use are size 15-11 and 8. The methods I use are beadwork (embroidery) and beadweaving. At the moment, I am busy trying some new stuff like lace or wool in combination with gemstone cabochons.

Where do your design inspirations come from? My inspiration is in everything I see – nature, a picture or painting, people…just everything.

IMG%20011a[4]_mWhat is your best working environment/where is your studio? I work the best when I am alone at home, just with our 2 cats, a strong cup of coffee and a CD by Metallica in the CD player.  I don’t have space for a separate studio, I always work in our living room, but it is still a dream to have my own studio one day…

IMG%20006grtur[2]_mWhere can your products be seen?  My products can be seen on: http://www.blackcrowjewelry.nl/

Upcoming events:  I don’t do shows, but a few times a year I’m on a local art market in the neighborhood. 

Magazine articles or press: An article in a local newspaper and in a women’s magazine and my work can be seen in the book “Flatwork” written by Nicole Campanella/Beadwright.

Who are you a fan of? Sherri Serafini, Heidi Kummli, Jamie Cloud Eaking, Good Quill Hunting, Kerri Fuhr, Vampi Choi.

Price range:  $20.00 – $400.00

Tell us  a little about one of your favorite creations: It’s hard to choose a favorite one, I love many of my cuffs, especially the turquoise ones…but this one is my favorite!Just simple earthtones in combination with lovely turquoise cabochons, they don’t need more.

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Anything else you wish to add?  Thank you so much for choosing my designs for your interview, it is a great honor and I am delighted  to be on your beautiful website among such other great artists!

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Karen Sugarman

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Name:  Karen Sugarman

Website Link:  www.karensugarmandesigns.com

Where are you located?  Scottsdale, Arizona

Tell us a bit about yourself:   I grew up in Louisiana as an only child (although I do have a wonderful older step-sister) with parents that made certain I had plenty of artistic experiences.  I graduated from Northeast Louisiana University with a degree in Education and taught high school for four years early in my career.  I eventually transitioned into interior design and eventually owned my own retail design store in addition to my design firm for over 20 years in Boston. 

16221_aWhen and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art?  I began designing jewelry in 2005 when my family was transferred from Boston to Arizona.  Having been uprooted from such a long-term career as a designer and leaving behind a fabulous office on Boston’s posh Newbury Street in addition to a busy schedule with high profile clients, I began tinkering with jewelry in an attempt to occupy my sudden abundance of free time in this new city.  I was inspired by a necklace I had brought back from Paris a few years prior and attempted to modify and improve upon a very simple style.  Although that necklace was lovely, I always felt it needed to be more bountiful and creative.  My first prototype was a floral inspiration and the lush bouquet format confirmed my idea resulting in a completely new design.  If interior design was my first love, beautiful jewelry was my second!

What do you make?  Although I make several different styles of jewelry, my hallmark design is the lush format statement necklaces that were inspired by the Parisian necklace.  I like to think of it as handcrafted couture jewelry with a twist.

What materials and methods do you use?  Most of the designs I prefer to work with utilize a wire twist and/or wire wrap method.  I do seem to have a fascination with time consuming and complex designs and much prefer a long-term project over the simple bead stringing techniques.  I utilize a cacophony of semi-precious gemstones and freshwater pearls and most often work with either sterling silver or 24K gold vermeil due to metal allergies.  I do hope to try my hand at working with high karat gold sometime in the near future.

11817_aWhere do your design inspirations come from? Like all designers (interior, fashion & jewelry), I am inspired by everything!  A garden of delicate flowers, beautiful artwork, a fabulous pair of shoes or stunning interior design can become a point of inspiration.  I believe that my experiences as an interior designer have greatly influenced my style as a jewelry designer and, as a matter of fact, I have devoted an entire blog to that idea.  Additionally, my southern roots have clearly had a great influence on my “feminine” style both as an interior designer and as a jewelry designer – something I am completely oblivious to!

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? Believe it or not, since all of this started out as a little folly, I still work at my kitchen table.  I must admit that it frequently spills over into the counter space of my very generous kitchen.  I’m certain that my Hubby is secretly worried he is going to have “gemstone soup” some evening for a first course at dinner!  Since a kitchen renovation is in the works and will begin shortly, I have plans to restructure my office into a studio with long expanses of counter surfaces to allow me the luxury of keeping several projects out simultaneously.  Necessity is the mother of invention!   

Where can your products be seen?  In addition to my web site  ,     my blog,    and 1000Markets,   my jewelry is also in an elegant store in Phoenix called – Do Me A Favor  which specializes in the most magnificent custom gift wraps you have ever seen!

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Magazine articles or press: WGSN, Recessionista Americana, April 2009; AZ Society, April 2009; Desert Living, April 2009

Who are you a fan of? I admire antique and estate jewelry for the quality of workmanship and fine details and Chanel and Van Cleef & Arpels for their feminine genre.

Price range: $65 to $1,500

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations: I have been transfixed by sea shells since I was a child and this amazement continues as an adult.  One of my favorite designs was this “Shell of an Idea” necklace which not only fed my fascination with seashells, but also included an exquisite antique angel skin coral cameo brooch.  It was purchased by a young man in Boston for his girlfriend after she admired the necklace – a very lucky gal!

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Shell of an Idea

Anything else you wish to add? I am just delighted and honored to have been invited to do this interview for World Artisan Gems.  To think that I have been included in such a prestigious group of artisans is more than I could ever have hoped for.

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Emily Gray

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Name:  Emily Gray

Website Linkhttp://www.emilygray.org/

Where are you located? Malvern, England

Tell us a bit about yourself:  I’m the eldest of four daughters, born to doctor and dentist parents. Born and bred in England with an Honors Degree from UEA, Norwich in the History of Art.  I have worked in engineering, investment banking (!), interior design and complementary therapy prior to coming to my senses and following my destiny to be an artist of one form or another.  I’m married to David, a musician, and I have an adorable two-year-old daughter Roseanna.

il_430xn_67895998When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art?   I began ‘making’ jewelry in 2003 in a very small way.  I actually feel that at this point, my natural artistic instincts had been dormant for such a long time, it re-ignited my creativity and the whole thing snowballed from there!   Having been out of the creative flow for such a long time (forced into academia rather than being allowed to take-up a rare and extremely coveted ‘direct entry’ to Art School), I knew something was seriously lacking from my life.  Working in London was a thrill in many ways but the standard office lifestyle was so not me!   Very quickly after discovering pliers, silver wire and gemstones (I know you ALL know what I mean here!), I became completely obsessed with making jewelry.  The Complementary Therapy Practice that I had set-up funded my new passion and I quickly became more and more creative and began selling my work!  Five and a half years on and I’m just as obsessed as I was back then.  The difference now is that my life is just how I want it.  I have a wonderful husband, a gorgeous daughter and I really feel I am living the life I was born to live, rather than the one that society was trying to push me into for so long.

What do you make? I call my style of jewelry ‘Fusion’ Jewelry.  It is a synergistic mix of intricate wirework techniques with the finest gemstones. 

 

 

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What materials and methods do you use?  I love to work with silver and gold metals and often oxidize the silver as I love the dramatic effect this creates.  I have a *ridiculously* large stash of gemstones which I’m sure if I began this very second and never stopped, I could never hope to use up!  Wire-wrapping is my favorite style to use in my pieces, but I am always trying new techniques.

12-11_600x600Where do your design inspirations come from? I have images flying around my head all the time.  Sometime these are inspired by something I have seen, such as a view, a flower, a piece of textiles – other times it could come from music or a smell or a poem. My art background is in world textiles and I am always reading books on the subject.  My long-term passion is the Indian Sari which is a constant source of joy.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio?  I have a home studio here in Malvern.  Malvern is a beautiful town in the West of England, full of culture, and is a designated ‘area of outstanding natural beauty.’ However, I can work anywhere and some of my very best work has been done sitting on my rug on the sitting-room floor!  David and I are looking for a bigger house and, when we move, I am hoping to have a garden studio.  I can’t imagine anything more lovely than having my workspace open out onto a lush green lawn with gravel pathways and beautiful peonies and magnolias all around!

Where can your products be seen?    On Etsy   and Trunkt 

Who are you a fan of?  The one person who has constantly made me gasp in awe is Magdalena Borejko, but I must also name Holly of Bijoux d’Odalisque, Ivy of Edera Jewelry, Jennifer of JLeeOhio and Hee Soon of Sky Dreams as my favorites as I love virtually everything they create.

Price range:  $65 to $2000

Tell us  a little about one of your favorite creations: My favorite recent piece is the ‘Giverny Cuff Bracelet.’ It was one of those pieces that I created ‘in the zone’ and it went swimmingly from start to finish  (sketch to photographs).  I was thrilled with the finished piece and even happier that it sold within one day to one of my favorite customers!

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Giverny cuff bracelet

Anything else you wish to add:  I am so honored and happy to have been invited to do this interview.  WorldArtisanGems is a wonderful place for Jewelry Artists of the globe to gather together in mutual admiration and get an insight into the things that motivate, inspire and excite us.  Thank you!

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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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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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Patricia Greer

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Name: Patricia Greer

Website Link: www.plgreer.com

Where are you located? Winchester, VA

nk121Tell us a bit about yourself: I used to work as a computer programmer and database designer.  After being stationed abroad for 12 years and returning to the states a year ago my husband encouraged me to pursue jewelry design as a business.  So now I work from home and take care of our very spoiled dog and cat.

When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art? I began making jewelry about 4 years ago when my husband and I were stationed in Belgium.  I had a lot of time on my hands and needed an outlet.  Jewelry was it.

What do you make? Right now I make bracelets, necklaces and earrings.  I just haven’t gotten to the rings, fibulas and other things yet but they are in my future.

What materials and methods do you use? I like working with sterling silver, copper and brass.  I love the fair trade beads that I am discovering and also the unique handmade lampwork beads being made.  I am slowly trying to expand my skills and have started to study various techniques such as fold forming.  There is just so much out there to learn.  There’s always something new for me.

Where do your design inspirations come from?  I love to look through books on ethnic and tribal jewelry. I really love the ethnic styles.  I get so much inspiration from the forms, shapes, materials and even the people wearing them.  I also like forms in nature.  I have a collection of leaves and bark from my neighborhood.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? I work in my home.  Right now my studio is in the basement but we have just bought a house and I already have my new space picked out so I’m very excited about that.

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Where can your products be seen?  My products can be seen on my website and I have also just joined up with a very talented group of women artisans called the Eclectic Jewelry Artisans.

nk101Upcoming events: Silent auction at Widener University School of Law

Who are you a fan of? Charles Lewton-Brain, Susan Lenart Kazmer, Connie Fox

Tell us  a little about one of your favorite creations:  One of my favorite pieces is  a bracelet made with lots of wrapped silver and one of a kind handmade lampwork beads.  It very much reminds me of a stormy beach.  The reason I like it so much is because it was one of the first pieces I ever made and the structure of it was really outside of my comfort zone but it felt so good to do this and I really like the end result.  Now I still try to do some things that are outside the box for me.

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Lidija Maric Fairbanks

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Name: Lidija Maric Fairbanks

Website Link: www.lidijafairbanks.net

Where are you located? Loveland, Colorado

scarabbraceTell us a bit about yourself:  I grew up in Yugoslavia in a very artistic family. I spent my days in museums, galleries, and concert halls learning to appreciate the wonderful world of art. My childhood was affected by the communistic and socialistic regimes and art was my escape into a more wonderful and friendly world. I took many art classes like painting and ceramic sculpture. I received a diploma in leather accessory design. Currently, I am attending a school for interior design.  I met my husband, Adam, in England. We fell in love and got married in Germany. It was quite an unusual love story, but it worked out for us and we were blessed with two wonderful boys that joined our family. Art was always a part of my life. All of life is art. For me, I’m doing art when I’m cooking, decorating my house, applying makeup in the morning, painting, and when I’m making dolls and jewelry. When art becomes a part of your soul, then everything you do in life is radiated in a beautifully creative light… Life becomes magical for you and everyone around you is affected. Creating an enchanted atmosphere is more than arranging furniture and cooking food, it is a reflection of who you have become.   I would like to look back one day at my life and see it as one big art masterpiece combining these smaller pieces I do every day.   We live in Northern Colorado. After years of searching, we moved here a couple years ago from California and we are finally home.

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When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art?  I always loved very unique things and jewelry was my passion for many years before I actually started making it myself. I would always imagine some unusual and unique forms that I could be wearing around my neck or hand. I didn’t know how to make it, but I knew how it was supposed to look. One day, many years ago, I met someone who gave me a lesson in free form Peyote and everything started from there.  I love watching the expressions on people’s faces when I wear a piece of jewelry that no one has ever seen before. I feel that it is very special and unique, just as we all are.

emotionbrac2What do you make?  I make jewelry, ceramics, and art dolls. I also sell kits for art dolls so people can make their own unique creations. By helping people express themselves, I feel that I am helping them further develop their own creative soul.

What materials and methods do you use?  My favorite thing to make is a free form piece. You start with a single bead and then the whole piece creates itself in front of your eyes. In this way, you are surprised with the result as much as others are. Every time you create a new piece, it has its own new life. There are no mistakes in free form art, no limitations, its absolute freedom.  For materials, I use different kinds of beads, cabs, antique buttons, crystals, ceramic faces, and so on. Anything that grabs my eye will end up on my neck!

Where do your design inspirations come from?  Inspiration comes from dreams, nature, and unexpected places. I keep a journal by my bed, so that when I dream up a piece of jewelry, I can quickly sketch out the idea before I forget it. Most of the time I just start a piece and then inspiration comes during the creation. I think this is important for people to understand that you don’t need inspiration to start a project, that inspiration is the project.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio?  I have a large studio in my house. I have 10 different projects that I am concurrently working on at all times. I like beading outdoors in the summer.

lju1Where can your products be seen?
www.lidijafairbanks.com     and   my blog

Magazine articles or press: Doll crafter and Costuming magazine August 2008;  Doll Crafter and Costuming –March 2007;  Dolls United- “Tropical” issue;  Contemporary Doll Collector-June/July 2007;             Soft Dolls and Animals- May 2007;  Dolls United published “The Elect”; August 2006 – Dolls United Magazine, Fairytale Issue, pages 29-36;
July/August 2006 – Belle Armoire, Salon, page 67…

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations:   One of my favorite creations is my beaded doll that won the “All Dolled Up” competition a few years ago. I had big offers from a doll collector who wanted to purchase this doll but unfortunately… I do not sell my dolls. They are promised to stay in our family.

 

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Kerri Fuhr

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Name: Kerri Fuhr

Website Link: www.kerrifuhr.com

Where are you located? British Columbia, Canada

the-guardianTell us a bit about yourself: I am a full time glass bead designer living in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. I live with my very supportive boyfriend, 3 dogs and my rather pugnacious cat!

When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art? I started eight years ago when I treated myself to a glass beadmaking class for my 30th birthday. The class was taught by a friend of mine, Walt Pinder, and I had so much fun that I bought myself a beginners kit and started making beads in my garage at home. After a few years of learning the basics and making gifts for friends, people started to ask to buy my beads! So I ventured into the world of bead shows and started selling my work. Learning jewelry skills along the way, I then started selling my beads and jewelry in local galleries and now for the past four years this has been a full time career for me.

What do you make? I create glass beads as well as jewelry. I mostly specialize in creating beads for other jewelry designers to use in their creations as well as specialty focal beads for collectors world-wide.

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What materials and methods do you use? I create my beads using glass rods imported from Italy as well as specialty glass made in the US and Canada. I use a small table-top torch that is powered by an oxygen concentrator and natural gas which is fitted directly from my bench in my studio. Using simple tools and small threads of glass called stringer, I “paint” with glass in the torch flame and create my miniature works of art one at a time.

Where do your design inspirations come from? I find that most of my inspiration comes from the natural world around me. I enjoy creating beads with insects and birds especially. Dragonflies, honeybees, ravens and herons are among my favorite subjects to depict in glass. I strive for realism in my pieces and so I spend a lot of time studying my subjects. I also love history and the designs in late medieval and victorian tapestries inspire me. I currently have a line of beads I call my “Tapestry Collection” that are inspired by the botanical styles of these historical woven pieces.

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What is your best working environment/where is your studio? I am fortunate in that I have an amazing studio right in my backyard! I designed it and had it constructed to be the perfect environment for making beads. An eleven foot workbench, a custom – fitted gas connection for my torch, lots of windows and ample storage make it a great place to work! I also decorated the studio in a lavish Moroccan theme, as our climate here is often grey and rainy so I wanted a cheerful and sunny place to work each day. Warm colors and exotic touches keep my spirits up and inspire me everyday, no matter the weather!

 

Where can your products be seen?  You can visit my website to view galleries of my past work as well as view work that is currently available. I sell my beads on Etsy. There is also a link on the “Available Work” page on my website and bead show updates are listed on my website also. 

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Upcoming events: I will be at several great bead shows throughout the year!

The Best Bead Show – Miami, April 24-26
Double Tree Merchandise Mart – West Hall
711 NW 72nd Ave, Miami FL, 33126
http://www.crystalmyths.com

Whole Bead Show, Vancouver May 1-3
Empire Landmark Hotel
Crystal Ballroom
1400 Robson Street, Vancouver BC
Friday & Saturday 10am to 6pm
Sunday Noon to 5pm
www.wholebead.com

dragonfly-tapestry-vessel-2Bead and Button Show June 4-7
Midwest Airlines Center
400 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI
www.beadandbuttonshow.com

Puget Sound Bead Festival July 10-12
Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center
1500 Broadway Ave; Tacoma, Wa
www.pugetsoundbeadfestival.com

ISGB Gathering Bead Bazaar July 24-26
Miami, FL
(more information TBA)

Magazine articles or press: I have been a featured artist in The Glass Bead Magazine, as well as recently featured in the Flow Magazine for the Glass Craft Emerging Artist Awards.
Who are you a fan of? I admire so many talented glass artists it’s hard to mention them all, but Vittorio Costantini, Andrea Guarino, Leah Fairbanks and Holly Cooper among my favorite glass artists!
Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations: I have recently been experimenting with enamels (powdered glass) and I enjoy the watercolor-like effects I am able to achieve on my beads with them. A bead entitled “Heron’s Moon” is one of my most recent favorite creations made with the use of enamels and fine stringer.

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Heron's Moon

Anything else you wish to add?  I am now starting to teach intermediate and advanced glass bead classes at various studios throughout the US and Canada and am working on a tutorial series on the techniques I use to create my beads that will be available soon! Please check my website for updates!

 

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Paula Huckabay

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Name:   Paula Huckabay

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

Where are you located?  Fresno CA

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Tell us a bit about yourself:  A self taught artist, I have been drawing and painting most of my life.  I have lived and traveled over much of this great country (and Canada) and would love to visit other parts of the world.  I am one of those who does not step out of the house without wearing my jewelry whether I’m in blue jeans or dressed to the nines!   I love feminine things and jewelry to me is like the frame on a painting, you are just not complete without it.  I am a proud member of SRAJD (self representing artist jewelry designer).

aqua-crystal-starburstWhen and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art?  It began when I was a very young girl drawing paper dolls with pages and pages of “outfits” including every possible accessory imaginable.  I came from a very artistic family and we were always doing something creative.   After high school I started painting in oils and still love to paint to this day.  I learned to sew at a young age and when our youngest daughter married I made her wedding dress with over 80 yards of lace sewn on.  I started beading back in the 80’s making the seed bead chandelier earrings that were so popular, then didn’t go any further with it until about 8 years ago.  The beading world was really starting to evolve again and I fell in love with designing and making jewelry.  It was like having a whole new type of canvas to work with and beading truly is an art form.

What do you make? Mostly bracelets, necklaces and earrings but I am venturing into a few new things such as brooches, more extensive freeform peyote and cabochons, LOVE cabochons! 

sandandseaWhat materials and methods do you use?  I love working with the gorgeous handmade lampwork beads that are available, there are some incredibly talented artists out there.  All of the jewelry I make now is made with Sterling Silver, 14k gold filled or Vermeil components.    I have recently started doing freeform peyote jewelry and it is fast becoming a favorite because it allows me to use my artistic abilities in the design and creation of a piece.  I am always excited to learn new techniques and my jewelry designing is always evolving.  I use a wide range of materials from crystal, glass, gemstones, pearls, lucite, whatever the design or the piece calls for.

Where do your design inspirations come from? Inspiration comes from many different places.   At times it comes from the beads, sometimes it is a color combination I want to work with or it could be a thought in the middle of the night.  Other times it might be some place I have seen or visited or even just a frame of mind, standing in the sand at the ocean or the first bloom of a flower in spring.  Yes, anywhere and everywhere.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio?  My studio is currently a spare bedroom so I am fortunate enough to have room for my oil painting and my jewelry making both but I must say the painting space has been losing ground.  There is almost always music in my studio and it might be Billy Holiday, Leon Russell or Asleep at the Wheel…..who knows?

Where can your products be seen?  My work can be seen at my website,        on Etsy       and Artfire 

Upcoming events:  none scheduled at present

Magazine articles or press:  Featured in Beading Daily “Jewelry Using Combined Techniques” and also Beading Daily “Fall 2008 Reader Gallery.”  I haven’t submitted to a magazine yet, but plan to.

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Who are you a fan of?  There are some truly outstanding designers today including Holly (or “hey you”) of Bijoux d’Odalisque, Emily Gray, Sherri Serafini and many more.  My sister Sheila, my daughter Lisa, my sister-in-law Penny and my niece Stephanie are all fantastic jewelry designers and also wonderful inspiration for me.

Price range:  Currently $20 to $300

Tell us  a little about one of your favorite creations:  One of my favorite pieces is the Vintage Blush freeform peyote bracelet, the inspiration being the vintage blush colored glass button.   It was one of my first attempts at freeform peyote and it made me realize the endless possibilities for making truly artistic jewelry.

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vintage blush freeform peyote

Anything else you wish to add?  I thank you for the invitation to do this interview and I am honored that you chose my designs.  I applaud what you are doing in bringing awareness to this beautiful form of art.

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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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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. 

orange_spiral

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:

bauble_licious_5

 

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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Jean Power

 

 

Name: Jean Power

Website Link: www.jeanpower.com 

Where are you located?  London, England

Tell us a bit about yourself: I currently work as the editor of a bead magazine and when not working on this I teach beading and jewellery making as well as write articles and projects for other publications and for sale directly through my website. I am also working hard on my third jewellery/ beading book. When not working or beading I also love other crafts and arts including painting, felt-making, polymer clay, crochet and the list goes on!

 

Pearl & Crystal Brooch

Pearl & Crystal Brooch

When did you begin designing jewelry/art?

I have long pursued crafts and arts but around 7 years ago I really discovered beading and my love for it was instant.

What made you choose this type of art? I love the beads themselves: their colours, shapes, sizes and sparkle. I am endless fascinated by beading techniques and how they can be experimented with and adapted and enjoy playing around with the limitations that the beads themselves put on techniques and my ideas.

What do you make? Mainly beaded jewellery but also wirework, embroidery and chain maille items.

What materials and methods do you use? I use a mix of all types of beads from tiny glass seed beads to large plastic beads with every sort of gemstone, bead and bauble along the way- I love them all equally! However for a few years I have primarily focused on my Geometric Beadwork Series which is best made using cylinder beads.

Serpentine Cabachon cuff

Serpentine cabachon cuff

Where do your design inspirations come from? I am mainly inspired by geometry and how the beads want to fit together. But I am also inspired by nature and items around me.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? I work from home with my beadwork on a tray on my lap listening to music or the radio or watching films or tv. These beading trays do tend to travel around the house though and I always have a few different projects on the go at once.

Upcoming events: My new book will be published around August 2009 and I will be launching a new range of kits towards the end of 2008.

Magazine articles or press:  I have had quite a few projects published in a variety of different magazines both in the US and the UK. My work has appeared in the magazines Beadwork, Bead & Button, Step-By-Step Wire, Step-By-Step Beads and Jewelry Crafts as well as Bead Magazine which I edit.

 

Geometric 3-4-3

Geometric 3-4-3

Are you a fan of any jewelry artisans?

I’m a huge fan of most types of jewellery! But because my heart is with beads it is beadwork artists who come to mind. There are many of them whose work I admire, adore, covet and often wish I had created: Suzanne Golden, Christine Marie Noguerre, Lynn Davy, Merle Berelowitz, Joyce Scott, Kerrie Slade, David Chatt, Maggie Meister, Laura McCabe, Robin Atkins, Rebeka Hodous and Ann Tevepaugh Mitchell.

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations: My favourite pieces are my recent ‘star necklaces’ which are individually called Geometric 2.8.1, 2.8.2, 2.8.5 and 2.8.6. of these I think my favourite is 2.8.2 as it is so striking- but this choice varies daily.

geometric-2-8-2

geometric-2-8-2

Anything else you wish to add?  The only thing better than beading, reading about or buying beads is bringing beading to others whether through teaching, sharing or writing. Don’t keep your talents to yourself: share with others and spread the word.

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Christina Neit – Good Quill Hunting

Name: Christina Neit

Website Link: http://goodquillhunting.com & http://wenchwares.com

Where are you located? Limerick, Maine

Tell us a bit about yourself: I am a 45 year old mother of 4, ranging in ages from 8-25.  When I was 6 years old, I started learning needlework and have done mayny types of needlework over my lifetime.  I have a wonderful and supportive partner, Dave, who is really the reason for my being able to pursue this at all.

When and why did you begin designing jewelry/art? I started beading jewelry 3 years ago. I have been working towards self employment for the last 15 years and one day I acquired some porcupine quills. I remembered as a child having some quill earrings and thought I would make a pair. Needless to say, I ventured off from there. I had played with a small loom when I was very very young, loved it then and now wonder why I never did it again until a few years ago and also have to wonder where I would be now if I had stayed with it.

Summer Moon earrings

Summer Moon earrings

What do you make? My specialties are seed bead, quill and horsehair jewelry.  I also design patterns and assemble kits and I am working on getting those on my website, although I do sell them at my shows.  In addition, I also make all my own jewelry displays and my websites.

What materials and methods do you use? I like lots of different materials.  As you can see from my work, I use everything from seed beads to horsehair, quills,  claws, & feathers. I love doing all types of beadwork, from bead weaving, looming and bead embroidery. I mix it up to keep me inspired. 

Where do your design inspirations come from? My inspiration is very vast! I design my own websites, make my own displays, take my own photos, add to that all the jewelry I have made, so I have a constant eye open looking for inspiration for all those things and trust me, I see it everywhere I look!

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? I work in my living room primarily, or at my computer. I can really work anywhere and often have a project going, be it in the car or on the street when I am being a ‘street vendor.’

Royalty

Royalty

Where can your products be seen? I teach and am a vendor at beadfiesta.com. I can also be seen in the Old Port in Portland, Maine as a street vendor and I am working on getting into some Renaissance Faires in my area and of course, my work can be seen and purchased on my websites.

Earth's etching

Earth

Upcoming events:
Bead Fiesta (vendor & classes)
The Beadin’ Path (classes)
Beads on The Kennebec (classes)

Magazine articles or press:
BEAD TRENDS Magazine Premier Issue Nov/Dec ‘07 (pg 24)
Online Broadcast/Interview May 11, 2008 with The Jewelry Connection.

Who are you a fan of? I have a very long list of those I admire on my blog.

Price range: $5.00-$2500.00

Tell us  a little about one of your favorite creations: Dragonheart is my favorite and most current bead embroidery. I love this piece because I really love the colors and the way it ended up being finished.  It thoroughly pleases my eyes and I have gotten many kind words for this piece! It was also a Daily Deviation in Deviant Art.

Dragonheart

Dragonheart

We enjoyed viewing your website and your wonderful artwork!

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