Digital Beading Magazine Issue 15 - Page 14

DBM: How did you get started in beading? ED: I don’t really remember the first time I touched beads. My family always have been crafty. My Dad can build/fix/ constuct almost anything. And my mum always had some kind of needlework around – back then women here could stay on maternity leave for three years, so she needed a relaxing hobby after taking care of three girls all day. She taught me (mostly because I insisted to “help” her) these techniques very early - embroidery, knitting, crochet, macrame, cross-stitch, sewing. I was only six or eight years old when she taught me how to use the sewing machine. It was in 1992 when I turned toward making jewellery. There was a fair in our village, and there was a lady selling beautiful wire jewellery with semi-precious stones. It was really hard to choose only one pair of earrings, but our “pocket money” was enough only for that. But, when I showed the earrings to my parents, my Dad gave me a pile of copper wire, some pliers, a hammer and a vice with anvil. He showed me how to shape and hammer the wire and how to make nice loops. I just needed to find some sparkly stuff to add to them. So the “raid my mum’s drawer” started again. I think I had spent all that summer in the garage hammering. After a while it became a bit boring. So, I started to explore other materials and techniques - anything I could find on my own. I made jewellery out of everything. When I started to attend university I could spend only a very little time at home, so I couldn’t make wire jewellery too often. I had to find other materials that wouldn’t need many tools and space and that wouldn’t make a big mess in our small room in the dorm. So, slowly the beads took over all other materials. Yup, back then I was so naive I thought beads won’t need much space. Ha! I’m a self-taught beader. Here there weren’t any beading books (still no magazines) except for some with native jewellery, which I never found interesting. So, my only source of knowledge in the first few years was my mind and constant experimenting. Then, finally I had internet and my husband brought a few magazines from Japan – I think you can see in my beadwork that influence. I love dimensional pieces. DBM: How has your beadwork changed over the years? ED: I think I was very shy in the beginning - with shapes, and colours too. Thinking about it – that hasn’t changed too much. But now I know the materials better. I know what I am good with, what I like and what I don’t like. DBM: How would you describe your beading style? ED: Do I have one? I think I’m still haven’t found it. I very quickly get bored (oh yes, Gemini from head to toe). So, I’m always looking for new things in beading too. But, if you want to label my style, you can say it is symmetrically hectic. Asymmetry kills me!