Digital Beading Magazine Issue 12 - Page 17

DBM: Have you always been creative? LS: As a child I’d rather climb trees, sculpted heels of bark and was more like a boy. Until about the last 10 years, when I started to floristry, weaving, and drilling Easter eggs. With sewn jewellery, I first started about five years ago, with a weekend creative course. I then became more and more interested in looking for information and it turned out that jewellery making is in my heart - one might even say it’s my drug. DBM: What do you enjoy most about beadwork? LS: The variety, variability, unlimited possibilities ... I love the coloured pieces of glass from which you can create anything, materialise any imagination, to create each piece of jewellery. DBM: What were your early attempts at beading like? LS: (I tried) herrringbone spiral - after a while it unraveled, but I still have a photo - artistic photo on a kitchen cutting board. DBM: What’s been your best learning tool for beading over the years? LS: Where jewellery is concerned, I am self-taught. I started following beading instructions from the internet. But now I work with virtually no instructions, preferring to sew unaffected. DBM: What do you most enjoy making? LS: Necklaces with cabochons - mineral, polymer, glass, ceramic. Top stitching is also a fixture in my work, and I use it frequently to create earrings. I am born under the sign of Pisces - so I’m romantic, melancholic, “with his head in the clouds”, which is also reflected in my work. I like sewn cabochons complemented with richly decorated “tassels” of minerals, pressed beads, tabs, and fragments of minerals most often. DBM: What’s your favourite colour combination to work with when beading? LS: I like unusual combinations of colours - dark green with pink, turquoise with orange, pink with mint rather distinctive and slightly more extravagant than “tone on tone” colours.