I blame my love
of freeform beadweaving on being left handed. Iâ€™ve never been able to follow the written instructions or illustrations
in bead magazines.
I always got â€œartâ€ toys for Christmas â€” a rock tumbler, a spin art set, an enameling kiln. One year it was a â€œpaint it yourself â€
paper dress. During one of the many bouts of tonsillitis that kept me home from school, my mom taught me to weave on a bead loom, thus instilling a lonstanding love of seed beads.
Throughout my adult life, I continued to dabble in just about every medium imaginable but never really found anything that stuck. About six years ago, I saw an ad for a class in freeform off-loom beadweaving at a local bead store. When I took the class it was like the Beadwork Muse descended in a beam of light and embraced me. I was utterly hooked and so excited as I left the class that night with about one square inch of beadwork completed. I jumped into freeform work with absolute abandon.
I dreamed up my studio name, Bebop Beads, and entered my first juried arts and crafts show about six months later and have been going strong ever since.
Color is always where the design process starts for me and I look at tubes of seed beads with the same greedy enthusiasm with which I cracked open a fresh Crayola 64-Pack as a kid. My artwork enabled me to achieve my lifelong goal of having as much jewelry as I want.