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FranMade

Location

London, Ontario, Canada

Quick Blurb

I feel the need to bead. I'm Canadian, like being creative and have just these last few years found the joy in accessorizing.

Interests

bead weaving, wire wrapping, gardening, The Mystery Channel, my public library, Grenada

Skills and Techniques

stringing, off-loom weaving, wire work

Get to Know

A few years ago, I needed a hobby to supplement my love of gardening. The winter is long here, and gardening is difficult in the snow. A friend was taking jewelry making classes at a local bead store and I admired her work. I thought, hey, this is something I could get into. I have always been creative and with a father as an artist/teacher; I was one of the few kids in kindergarten who knew the colour wheel!

So, I took a few classes myself, bought a few books and did a lot of learning from online tutorials. I am still learning, and hope to always be learning new things. I started off with basic stringing and branched out into weaving with seed beads and acquiring wire wrapping skills. I especially love the look and feel of semi-precious stones such as carnelian, jasper and opal.

Now that I have accessorized my own wardrobe and those of my family, I have decided to sell my work online.

As someone with Fibromyalgia, I was not sure that I could handle weaving tiny little beads. As it turns out, it is a very calming activity and there are just so many different styles and variations. Hence, the bead weaving phase.

My life has been greatly influenced by a visit to the island of Grenada in 2008. My husband and I vacation there yearly and hope to eventually make the Caribbean our home.

I am a member of the Canadian Artisans & Designers Guild and SRAJD number 2708. SRAJD stands for Self-Representing Artist Jewelry Designer and is reserved for those artisans who create and sell their own work. A self-representing artist does not sell mass produced beads or jewelry. When you buy from an SRAJD, you are supporting the artist directly, not the middle man.

Most of the photos of my creations were taken by the talented Christina Kufner of Studio Kuefner. You can find her at http://www.studiokuefner.com.

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