I create jewelry using glass seed beads and gems, sewn with a needle and fishing line. My background is in textiles and design, and I look at my work as an extension of that world. Choosing each bead, one by one, I create a kind of fabric which is strong and flexible. I work off-loom in peyote and herringbone stitches. In addition to off-loom stitching I work on a simple bead loom to create a soft, pliant fabric. I also embroider- on top of these works, as well as directly into fabric.
I am motivated by color. It moves me and inspires me. I work with the colors of the natural world, as well as historic textiles and crafts from all over the world. I am inspired by art of all kinds, and currently by Abstract Expressionism. My designs have a strong, graphic quality which is supported by rich and unusual palettes. Placing each bead- color by color, surface by surface, pattern by pattern, in proportion and balance is my passion.
In combining color, form, surface dimension and pattern, I hope to create beautiful and wearable pieces that enhance the beauty of the person wearing them.
Here is a link to my video of my studio, and my process. Enjoy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lm2ejbJoqVc