Digital Beading Magazine Issue 15 - Page 35

DBM: Tell us how you got started in beadwork? HK-H: I was very lucky as a child to have creative parents and grandparents and no television. I was envious of my friends at the time, but look back now with gratitude that I learned to use my hands and imagination. DBM: What were your early attempts at beading like? And how has your work changed over the years? HK-H: My first attempts were with Indian glass “Love” beads and embroidery thread, trying to mimic beadwork I saw in books and museums. Then I took a class with sisters Sue Jackson and Wendy Hubrick. They came to the UK from the USA and taught their Wonder Bead peyote stitch beaded bead. I discovered Delicas and, best of all, they had such kind patience and answered all my eager questions. Suddenly a whole world of beads and possibilities opened up. First, I explored all the stitches, then the bead stash began to grow! So, much trial and error. But gradually I found a way of working with the beads that expressed my ideas. DBM: Some of your work has a beautiful vintage feel to it – is that how you’d describe your beading style? HK-H: Yes, I love history and the intriguing stories objects can tell us about the past. The symbols and trinkets we carry with us also tell stories. Vintage jewellery has a wonderful quality of design and it’s fun to use it as a starting point to see how that can be reshaped into beadwork. My style is really two styles - the beadwork I love to wear and the more natural shapes of insects and flowers which is kind of drawing with beads. DBM: What do you most enjoy about the creative process? And also, what do you least enjoy? HK-H: Oooh, give me a pile of beads and thread and I’ll happily play for hours! I love the whole