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Beaded Jewelry and Art Dolls

Southwestern Sky
Alegria
Jardin Cuff
Flora
Antigua
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Southwestern Sky

Southwestern Sky

Bead embroidered earrings using ultra suede and Lacy's; 15/0 Japanese seed beads; amethyst, turquoise, Czech glass lentils; surgical steel posts.

3"H x .75"W

$75

Photo by Pat Berrett

Alegria

Alegria

Beaded Doll: carved bone face, seed beads, glass leaves and flowers, diks, bugles. Hair has a flower at the end of each strand.

6.5"H x 3"W x 1"D

In the collection of Jo Jennings, Irvine, TX

Photo by Pat Berrett

Jardin Cuff

Jardin Cuff

Bead embroidery. Kit includes dichroic cabochon; 11/0, 15/0, 8/0 seed beads; ultra suede; Lacy's Stiff Stuff; button; glass leaves, flowers, disks; pearls, crystals, bugles; vintage nailheads; directions with picture. You supply needles, thread, E6000 glue.

7.5"H x 2.5"W

$75

Photo by Pat Berrett

Flora

Flora

Carved bone face, Czech glass leaves and flowers, seed beads, disks, charlottes, 3-cuts, pearls, delicas.

5"H x 3"W x 1"D

In the collection of Daryl Howard, Austin, TX

Photo by Pat Berrett

Antigua

Antigua

Bead-embroidered on ultra suede and Lacy's; abalone; seed beads, 15/0 3-cuts; vintage elements include pre-WWII Japanese metal roses, Czech glass, nailheads, 4mm crystals; sterling silver clasp.

16"H x 6"W

In the collection of Irene Kent, Kalamazoo, MI

Photo by Pat Berrett

Artist Statement

I create beaded art dolls and jewelry. I was drawn to the medium of beads because they sparkle and because their many sizes and colors allow me the variety I crave. I like the intricacy that beadwork involves and the meditative quality that is associated with working primarily with small glass objects and obsessively and compulsively stitching them together. I enjoy working with different stitches and exploring how one stitch interacts with or expands on another stitch. I am inspired by the beauty of the world around me, from deserts to seashores to gardens of colorful flowers.

My love of beads and fibers began as a child. With a jeweler father and a knitting and sewing mother, I was destined to create. Drawn to beads because they are easy to pick up and put down and because they are very portable, I find that the variety of colors, textures and surfaces at my fingertips enables me to create whatever my mind imagines.

I want people to smile when they hold my art dolls or try on a piece of my jewelry and to appreciate my designs and use of color. I'm happiest when the repeat customer comments on how many compliments she receives on her doll or piece of jewelry.

Events

November 23 - 25, 2018

New Mexico Artisans' Market

Ballroom at the Hotel Albuquerque

First time show

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