Catherine Ross' Profile

About

Shape, color, texture...whether it's Nature made or wo/man made, gemstone, glass, or pearl, I get so much inspiration form my raw materials! And the changing of each season pulls me along, one pattern into the next.

I was born in Pennsylvania, where my earliest inspiration came from the wild beauty of Penn's woods and the exquisite artistry inside our Greek Orthodox Church. I think I got my color sense from a pair of great aunts (I was lucky enough to inherit a pair of their beautiful quilts, too). After five years in the winter wonderland of Minnesota we came back to the Philly area, where I first found beads at the age of 10. I quickly grew tired of stringing and started improvising, making a big green peace sign out of seed beads and fine wire. Soon I was making spirals, then stars made of spirals, and ornaments of intricate lacy shapes. When I picked up beads again at 23, I wove intricate…

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  • Female
  • Born on February 2
  • Joined November 9, 2007

Favorite materials

Gemstones, cultured pearls, Swarovski crystals, vintage glass and beads from around the world, Venetian and American art glass, Sterling silver and 14Karat gold filled wire, beads and findings, solid 14Karat gold, vintage faceted threecut seed beads and charlottes for my woven work, as well as cast brass pieces, solid copper, and the occasional found object

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About

Shape, color, texture...whether it's Nature made or wo/man made, gemstone, glass, or pearl, I get so much inspiration form my raw materials! And the changing of each season pulls me along, one pattern into the next.

I was born in Pennsylvania, where my earliest inspiration came from the wild beauty of Penn's woods and the exquisite artistry inside our Greek Orthodox Church. I think I got my color sense from a pair of great aunts (I was lucky enough to inherit a pair of their beautiful quilts, too). After five years in the winter wonderland of Minnesota we came back to the Philly area, where I first found beads at the age of 10. I quickly grew tired of stringing and started improvising, making a big green peace sign out of seed beads and fine wire. Soon I was making spirals, then stars made of spirals, and ornaments of intricate lacy shapes. When I picked up beads again at 23, I wove intricate flowers (very different from the "French" style) and soon learned to improvise with peyote, brick and other weaving techniques, creating three dimensional seed bead work, whose shape arises solely from the weaving of needle and thread, without the use of props, mounts, backing or adhesives.

In recent years I've been having tons of fun playing around with wire too, making variations on the themes of spirals and "squiggles' - what I now call my Bramble series. A twist here, a new twist there - not like wire wrapping, my stuff is a little bit different. Hope you find something you like!

If you would like to learn more about the traditional Native American techniques like the peyote and brick stitch, check out
http://www.nativetech.org/beadwork/index.php

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