Welcome to the tenth artist interview on miscellany!
(1) Tell us about yourself:
I’ve been making jewelry for about 10 years, mostly beading. I had a bath and body online shop a few years ago (and want to reopen in the future, fingers crossed), but I fell in love with beading. I grew up in Queens, NYC. Now I live in Raleigh NC and I love it. There is so much here to gather inspiration from. I spend my days working hard on my jewelry and I hope to start branching into craft shows soon.
(2) Tell us about what you create:
I create jewelry pieces with techniques ranging from beadweaving to looming and bead embroidery. I am completely self-taught, with some help from my beading basics “teachers” such as Jaime Cloud Eakin. I love the attention to detail when it comes to putting tiny beads together to create something special. I also have a few beading patterns available to those who wish to take the plunge into beadweaving and looming themselves. I am also expanding my creativity into cagework, which is taking metal filigree components and weaving beads and other embellishments to them, as well as combining different lacy filigree pieces to create fantastic, elegant necklaces, bracelets and more. I love the magical fantasy look of the jewelry pieces I finish.
(3) Tell us about your handmade art business:
I have a small office with a table where I do all my beading and it is comfortable and serene, very conducive to creating lovely pieces of jewelry. I had originally opened my shop last year, but certain circumstances forced me to close it temporarily and I reopened again this past April. I’m still learning the ins and outs of it all and although it is really hard work, I’m enjoying every minute of it. I’m in the middle of planning a bridal jewelry line featuring my lace cuffs. I get so thrilled when someone orders a piece of jewelry from me, because I put so much care and love into it, my hope and wish is that it brings the one who wears it much joy. My day typically starts with laying out the materials I want to use, switching on Netflix and getting to work, not finishing my day to at least 6:00, sometimes going into the late evening. I watch everything from “Supernatural” and “Arrow” to “Last of the Summer Wine” and “Keeping up Appearances” Sometimes I’ll even listen to music.
(4) Tell us about your customers:
They type of people that I consider when creating my jewelry are those who love elegance, a bit of sparkle. Those that are not afraid to stand out, and wear something different from the norm.
(5) Tell us where we can find your art:
Right now, you can purchase my pieces on Etsy and if you’re on Facebook, you can browse and buy from the company page. I do have a blog: Beadweaver Dreams and a YouTube Channel. I am also on Pinterest (@graybowe), Twitter (@pbowedesign), Instagram (@patriciabowedesigns) and a few other sites.
(6) Tell us about your support:
I am a one-woman business! From creation, to packaging and marketing, I do it all. My mum encourages me and wants to get in on the action when I start doing craft shows!!
(7) Tell us about your favorites:
I love the pieces by Heidi Kummli (http://www.heidikummlidesigns.com/) they are so spiritual and beautiful. I also love the gorgeous pieces by Erin Simonetti (http://www.beadsbeadingbeaded.com/index.html). My favorite creations…its hard to choose just one. I love “Emerelda” Crystal Statement Necklace because it is my first venture into doing something totally new and out of the box, using colors and techniques I never used before. I also LOVE the “Je’Taime” Brass Necklace with Butterfly because it was the first piece where I think I really captured a real fantasy look. I also love “Olivette” because it was with this piece I thought, “hey, I think I may be on to something here!”
(8) Tell us anything else:
I wrote in my “About” page on Etsy that I never thought that aside from singing, I never thought I had artistic talent as far as working with my hands. My family is VERY talented when it comes to putting pencil to paper, photography, music, you name it. My family is a family of artisans. So to discover that I am able to take teeny beads or bend pieces of metal and create something wonderful is something that only God can bestow upon you. And between singing and this wonderful gift, I learned that yes, I am truly blessed and humbled by the whole thing. My advice: Never give up. What may look like a scribble or an unrecognizable crumpled ball of clay today could be your next masterpiece tomorrow. Love what you are doing. And remember to give Praise to Whom praise is due.