Bois Peint, an original woodgrain design peyote cuffYou can connect with MaryLou online at these sites:
The Color of Light, a freeform peyote cuff
I've been creating in one form or another for my entire life, having grown up in a household of creative and artistic family members. My own artistic path has included pen and ink drawing, knitting, crocheting, sewing, photography, and a variety of other crafts. Then, while attending a Bead and Button show in 2005, I discovered seed beads; and life since then has been consumed with creating one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry from these tiny bits of glass.
Cybele, a one-of-a-kind necklace featuring a raku cabochon and driftwood
A self-taught beadweaver, I've relied on books and magazines to learn the techniques employed in my work. My style runs the gamut from whimsical to serious, from simple to complex, and everything in between. With a background in drafting and in pen and ink drawing, I enjoy creating designs for beadwoven bracelets and cuffs and often revel in how a design changes simply by using different bead colors. Over the years I've amassed a collection of seashells, driftwood, and natural stones that frequently find their way into my creations; and I'm always on the lookout for unusual items that can be incorporated into a special piece. I also spend a lot of time looking for artisan-made beads and buttons (lampwork, ceramic, porcelain, polymer clay) that I can showcase in my designs, and I've enjoyed creating collaborative pieces with a number of artists.
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