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Hello. My name is Sarah Allison. I'm an artist, my medium beads.

I’m a woman on the verge of being 32. I currently live in Gresham, Oregon but was born in California and grew up in Arizona. I’m a self taught beader, constantly growing and learning in my craft. I only follow the “rules” that work for me and I make up the rest along the way.

I’ve been beading since I was a child, what age, I don’t remember. My mother is a very crafty woman whom I was and still am inspired by. Beading is what caught my eye, and mom thought it would be a good way to keep my hands busy. I’d make long, colorful necklaces of every plastic bead I could find. They’d be these horribly mismatched, clashing pieces but I loved them. I’d wear them in class and it would give me something to fiddle with.

There was a long…

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  • Female
  • Born on September 1
  • Joined August 24, 2009

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anything that has a hole in it and can be put on a string

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About

Hello. My name is Sarah Allison. I'm an artist, my medium beads.

I’m a woman on the verge of being 32. I currently live in Gresham, Oregon but was born in California and grew up in Arizona. I’m a self taught beader, constantly growing and learning in my craft. I only follow the “rules” that work for me and I make up the rest along the way.

I’ve been beading since I was a child, what age, I don’t remember. My mother is a very crafty woman whom I was and still am inspired by. Beading is what caught my eye, and mom thought it would be a good way to keep my hands busy. I’d make long, colorful necklaces of every plastic bead I could find. They’d be these horribly mismatched, clashing pieces but I loved them. I’d wear them in class and it would give me something to fiddle with.

There was a long period of time that I didn’t bead, though I don’t remember why I stopped. I started again after high school but still didn’t really bead seriously or professionally until I walked into a small bead shop in Flagstaff AZ and saw fiber optic beads for the first time. I fell in love with these smooth, glass beads that came in a wonderful rainbow of colors. Their cat eye like texture make them shine and reflect so beautifully. After working with these pretties for a while, beading was no longer a hobby, it became my art.

I’m not inspired by the world around me - I don’t see a sunset and think, “Oh, those colors would look so pretty in a necklace.”. I’m inspired by the beads themselves: the colors, the shapes, the way they shine, the way they feel in my hand. I rarely go into a bead store with a design in mind, instead, I buy the beads I find pretty, the ones that speak to me. Sometimes, my finished beaded pieces will remind me of something real, like candy or a ladybug or a flame, but mostly they just look like gorgeous pieces of jewelry. The Virgo in me makes me want things neat and organized; the non-Virgo in me likes chaos. So, no matter how many different colors, shapes or types of beads I put in a piece, there’s always some sort of order – even if only I can see it.

I’m a very fickle chick - it shows in my beading and in my bead collection. I have every color, every finish, every shape, every stone, every type, every size of bead that appeals to me. Quite often, I mix as many as I can into a beaded creation. With beads there are so many choices, so many combinations, so many possibilities which makes beading is a wonderful outlet for my creative and fickle mind. Beading allows me to put myself into beautiful pieces of art.

There is no central theme or genre to Adalea's Designs creations. Some items will only be offered once, some will have a limited number of duplicates available, and some will be available in unlimited quantities. There will be collections - pieces all with the same theme but not necessarily the same design - that will continuously be added to.

I strive to offer a eclectic assortment of beautiful pieces. I put myself into every piece I make, like every good artist. My pieces may not be for everyone but I truly believe that each one was made for someone, they just have to find them. I hope you find the piece made for you here.

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