Please be aware: I am not a photographer. I am a jewelry designer. While I try to provide the best pictures possible, they don't always capture fully the beauty and unique color of the piece being displayed. This is esp. true with bead weaving.
Whether I begin my creative journey with silver, fused glass, colorful cabs, lustrous pearls and opals, or the tiniest of seed beads my mind truly moves into a zone and my focus is on the creating. Each design is a one-of-a-kind creation, a wearable “little jewel of art” that is classic yet has a contemporary flair. Each piece designed is unique in its colors, textures, and beadwork. My designs often use handmade lamp work and fused glass beads and cabs, natural stone and silver focal beads combined with intricate beadwork; sometimes beadwork alone. The metal work may include fusing, layering, & texturing, while beadwork may include tiny beaded stars, leaves, bails, and cabochons coupled with simple beaded beads or intricately detailed embellished beads, and long beaded tubes in winding spirals. Color is prominent whether dynamic primary & secondary colors or subtle, soft hues—dusty and chocolaty earth tones and the muted earthy greens of a tropical forest are frequently featured; textures abound.
Metal often requires specialized tools designed for a specific purpose. Beadwork is accomplished with needle or crochet hook, thread and tiny seed beads to create a unique setting for the centerpiece. Sometimes the beads call for a complex approach such as delicate, dimensional bead embroidery to compliment a smashing cabochon; other times a simpler approach using peyote or crocheted chokers. Designs are finished with beautiful fine silver and sterling toggles and lovely sterling clasps. It depends on what truly enhances the creation. Rather than just a piece of jewelry, my finished designs become a piece of wearable art; art that enhances a comfortable, casual pair of blue jeans as much as it does business and evening wear.
If I were to tile my metal and beadwork, I imagine it would be something like, “Let all the earth rejoice” because that is how I feel when I begin to design a piece of jewelry. A design may begin with a richly colored focal that begs for attention, or a luscious semi-precious stone, wood, and yes, even deer and elk antler. There is a vast array of tiny seed beads just begging to be stitched into something special. In fact, bead stitching and crochet has a huge impact on the overall design process. Granted, just as with sewing and other needlework there are only so many basic stitches available for one’s use (i.e., herringbone, peyote, and embroidery are basic stitches with some variations in them). However, it is what one chooses to do with a particular stitch and the other elements brought into the overall design that is important. For example, several years ago an article on small beaded spacer beads lead to the creation of the long bead tubes that make up the foundation for many of my jewelry pieces, esp. the earrings that have been very popular. Along with my choice not to engage in production work, the stitched tubes, combined with a rich palette of colors, textures, and a breadth of natural stones, wood and glass are what makes my work truly unique. In fact, designs use an abundance of texture, shape, color and stitchery in a single design, thereby creating a unique mixed media delight.
Ascetics, symmetry, and balance are all elements of my personal taste and so are frequently reflected throughout my designs. Knowing these natural tendencies has challenged me to make changes so that my work also reflects spontaneity and freeform creativity. The flexibility of PMC, the unlimited texture and color inherent in bead weaving, and the preciseness called for in metal work have each creatively influenced my design experience allowing for a unique creation that is truly one-of-a-kind jewelry. I hope you agree.