I have been bead looming for three years, developing skills and techniques in this area. My tutorials are featured in Digital Beading Magazine. I also am certified in metal clay which I will be incorporating within my designs this year as well as wire work and enameling.
The capacity to design, loom and transform seed beads into wearable art captured my imagination and became a passion that has taken on a world of its own. The capacity of taking a design idea and then transforming to wearable through the design process and pattern development is an art form in itself. I love using BeadCreator to create these unique designs – the flexibility within this design program to add depth to even the smallest picture is limitless. I have introduced people within my own community and the broader world to the enchantment of loomed cuffs and the diversity of weaving beads on the loom.
I have been developing my art of bead looming to the point where I am looking to expand my skills beyond the current point. My goal for 2014 is to incorporate more mixed media within my designs including metal clay findings and other components – in conjunction with the designs created using BeadCreator - to create a multi-illusion (3D) designs as demonstrated in the lilac rose cuff and many others.
Lilac cuff was inspired by a small snippet of Shibori that I wanted to incorporate into a design. I had been fascinated by bead embroidery for some time and wanted to incorporate within a piece. The muted lilacs and the depth of colour you can add to a design through the BeadCreator program, provided the perfect backdrop to enable the design to come to life. To keep with the vintage feel of the cuff – I added a twisted fringe highlighted with green Swarovskis. It’s a popular design and one of my favourites!