i. I work as a beadweaver.
ii. I do this creative work because I love the meditative process of beadweaving and the endless ways in which it allows me to explore colour and shape.
iii. Personal qualities that help me in my work are patience, creativity, cleverness.
iv. The greatest challenges around doing this work are:
It’s a challenge to explore all that I’d like to create while still producing for my clients as my craft is very time-consuming.
I am a graphic designer by trade.
As a kid I loved papier-mâché and tie dyeing, but it all went out the window when I started beading at age 13.
vi. Other creators who inspire you:
I’m always inspired by the work of my good friend Julie MacKinnon, who is an insanely talented ceramicist. I also love the work of Logan Maxwell Hagege, who uses colour better than anyone alive today.
That beadwoven pieces don’t fit with contemporary fashion. I strive to prove this misconception wrong with my design and colour choices.
I suggest that you learn from an experienced beadweaver, and have lots of patience.
To see traditional and contemporary beadwork find a wider audience.
Onlychildhandicrafts.bigcartel.com and I’m on Instagram at @onlychildhandicrafts. You can also see my work in Vancouver at Heritage Hall at First Pick YVR on September 16-17 and at Shiny Fuzzy Muddy on December 9-10.
* Photos courtesy of Krysta Furioso