Lisa Kan's Profile

About

In my prior life, I worked as a Senior Quality Assurance Engineer in consumer electronics working with Plasma and LCD TV technologies. After ten years in the corporate world in late April 2005, I transitioned full time to working in glass and designing jewelry.

By early 2006, I started writing design projects and tutorials for trade publications. You can find my articles in Australian Beading, Bead Unique, Bead and Button, Beadstyle, Bead Trends, Stringing, Step by Step Beads, Simply Beads and Beadwork magazines.

In 2007, I worked on designing and writing my first book, Bead Romantique:Elegant Beadweaving Designs, published by Interweave Press and released April 2008. Bead Romantique is now available as an e-book (http://www.interweavestore.com/Beading/Books/Bead-Romantique-eBook.html)…

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  • Female
  • Joined February 21, 2012

Favorite materials

Antique buttons, Czech beads, natural fibers, 24 gauge wire, glass, Japanese seed beads, Swarovski crystals, faceted gemstones, freshwater pearls

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About

In my prior life, I worked as a Senior Quality Assurance Engineer in consumer electronics working with Plasma and LCD TV technologies. After ten years in the corporate world in late April 2005, I transitioned full time to working in glass and designing jewelry.

By early 2006, I started writing design projects and tutorials for trade publications. You can find my articles in Australian Beading, Bead Unique, Bead and Button, Beadstyle, Bead Trends, Stringing, Step by Step Beads, Simply Beads and Beadwork magazines.

In 2007, I worked on designing and writing my first book, Bead Romantique:Elegant Beadweaving Designs, published by Interweave Press and released April 2008. Bead Romantique is now available as an e-book (http://www.interweavestore.com/Beading/Books/Bead-Romantique-eBook.html).

In 2008, I toured all over the US promoting Bead Romantique and appeared on the show Beads, Baubles and Jewels. I thoroughly exhausted myself from the exhibit schedule. I also co-wrote the "Our Beading World" column for Australian Beading Magazine that year.

In 2009, I was privileged to be selected as one of Beadwork Magazine's Designers of the Year. You can find most of my projects electronically available from this link: http://www.interweavestore.com/store/Search.aspx?SearchTerms=lisa%20kan.

In 2010, I took a hiatus from writing and designing beadwork to focus on my glasswork while working on a new design company concept, Aria Design Studio.

In 2011, I launched a new line of findings and design components under Aria Design Studio at the Bead and Button Show. The Damask line comprises of 12 complimentary components created in silicone bronze. These components challenge the designer to think outside of the box and to create jewelry from multiple directions. I designed the Tresor necklace for Melinda Barta's Mastering Peyote Stich book which utilizes the Damask components. The necklace is reversible.

In 2012, I returned back to focusing on my glasswork and developed several new lines of glass designs. I also designed Girasole, a reversible necklace design, for Melinda Barta's Mastering Herringbone Stitch.

In March 2013, I opened the Aria Design Studio Etsy Shop to offer special beads, vintage buttons and hard to find components I love to use in my work. You will also find a nice assortment of design elements from my studio as I go through my extensive bead stash to share some of my treasures. In the future, I also plan to offer patterns and kits through my LisaKanDesigns.Etsy.com Etsy store. In 2013, I also worked on the manuscript of my second book, Bead Metamorphosis, a sequel to Bead Romantique to be published Winter 2014 and released January 2015. The central idea of this shop was to provide special components and beads used in Bead Metamorphosis designs. You can order the book from Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Bead-Metamorphosis-Exquisite-Jewelry-Components/dp/1596688254/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1403736011&sr=1-1&keywords=bead+metamorphosis)

In March 2014, I opened the Textile Geisha Etsy Shop to offer textiles, ribbons, trims, laces and embellishments. In June 2014, I launched the Tri-Bead which is a cousin to the O-Bead, that I helped design. This bead will add new dimension to beadwork and embellishments. I am also exploring fiber arts in 2014 so who knows what is next in my designing future.

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I have an engineer's mind but an artist's eye. When called upon, I have an artist's mind but an engineer's eye. These two skills I use interchangeably and together dependent on the project or product.

I work in MANY mediums and like to stay creatively challenged. I use color, shape and textures to evoke the imagery I wish to convey through the stories I weave into each object I create. Most my creations have an identity, a name - thus my designs have a life, a voice - therefore a story to share, to tell.

1. Glass is my first love. My glasswork is generally made for jewelry design. At times I also create miniature glass sculptures. I make ALL the glasswork personally.

2. Jewelry design: wire, stringing, mix-media, beadweaving, embroidery, metalsmithing, enamels and whatever else challenges me.

3. Fibers (knitting) and textiles.

4. Freelance designer/writer for trade publications. As I do not have time to teach, I write and love to write - reaching more people than I ever would in a classroom setting.

I am mostly inspired by the Art Nouveau and Victorian eras but find inspiration everywhere and in most historical periods. I have a great fondness for Rene Lalique's work (his glass, his enamels, his jewelry...everything Lalique!). Other's that inspire my work included Alphonse Mucha, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Georges Fouquet, Daum Nancy, Emile Galle, Dale Chihuly, Jean Schlumburger, etc. and all the important jewelry design firms like Tiffany, Bulgari, Boucheron, Cartier, etc. There's too many to list but this gives you a good idea of my design acumen.

In jewelry design, my style is antique, vintage, elegant and romantic. My specialty is beadweaving but I do a little of everything. I am inspired by historical eras and like to weave stories within my work through the components I select.

In glass design, I am inspired to create work that emulates ceramics, textiles, lapidary, Japanese aesthetics and Mother Nature. My signature is the use of transparent color - variegated, subtle or with layering effects to add dimension and depth.

I hope to make my jewelry designs and patterns more available on Etsy over time.

To view more of my work, please visit my website:

http://www.LisaKan.com

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