I love the hunt for beads: odd, large, ethnic, contrarian beads; antique or contemporary glass beads; rare and unusual colors; textures that lead to touching. Successful hunting inspires bold eclectic designs that result in my unique necklaces and bracelets.
I have been a bead jewelry artist since 1993 when, after 23 years in the corporate world, I retired to accompany my husband on his job assignment in Hong Kong. Southeast Asia became my handicraft fantasy world as I hunted for beads in the bazaars of Tibet and Nepal, in dusty shops in Beijing, on remote Indonesian islands reached by catamaran, in beautiful Bali, and in verdant Indochina--Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
Also, I use vintage German pressed glass, contemporary American art glass, and I admit I am in love with whimsical vintage plastic beads. For the 1998 Oscar television ceremony, Fay Wray, of King Kong fame, wore one of my necklaces featuring Venetian blown glass mixed with ethnic beads. (See photo below.)
I offer my necklaces to discerning buyers who love the sparks my pieces create for them. I sell my pieces from my studio, in San Luis Obispo, in Los Angeles, and in Carmel Valley.
After enjoying twelve years of designing necklaces, I felt a need to stretch and push myself in my chosen medium of beads. In April, 2005, I embarked on a journey with 17 other bead artists and joined NanC Meinhart's Thirteenth Master Class. For fourteen months, I explored my inner artist, let a project evolve for the final exhibit, and emerged a more creative artist. A new door opened as I allowed my life experiences their voice.
I'd like to share with you my final project: it is a bead sculpture featuring the faded beauty of the doll heads as a metaphor for the fading memory of a loved one.
Since the class, I find my necklace designs are infused with a new energy, greater focus, and innovative use of color. Each neckpiece is a mini art project! I am excited about elevating adornment to art and plan to spend many more years striving towards that goal.
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