Dena's Profile

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I am a jewelry and fabric artist because I love working with my hands to create and share beauty. I create in this way because I believe in the power of stones and simple designs to heal and inspire. I feel successful when a person connects with a piece and feels beautiful wearing it.

I can lose myself in a bead store. I love the feel of beads: glass, stone, metal. I appreciate the uniqueness of stones and enjoy finding gorgeous focal beads for my necklaces. Some of my favorites are agates and jaspers for the natural scenes they often contain. When I work with beads I am reminded that I can help people feel beautiful and make connections between their lives and the energies of stones. I begin a piece by collecting beads that appeal to me, by choosing color combinations that I like, by assembling accent beads and findings. Sometimes I have an idea of the finished design in mind when I begin and I can…

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  • Joined February 10, 2010

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HeartsAndStones
Flow-inspired clothing and jewelry

About

I am a jewelry and fabric artist because I love working with my hands to create and share beauty. I create in this way because I believe in the power of stones and simple designs to heal and inspire. I feel successful when a person connects with a piece and feels beautiful wearing it.

I can lose myself in a bead store. I love the feel of beads: glass, stone, metal. I appreciate the uniqueness of stones and enjoy finding gorgeous focal beads for my necklaces. Some of my favorites are agates and jaspers for the natural scenes they often contain. When I work with beads I am reminded that I can help people feel beautiful and make connections between their lives and the energies of stones. I begin a piece by collecting beads that appeal to me, by choosing color combinations that I like, by assembling accent beads and findings. Sometimes I have an idea of the finished design in mind when I begin and I can just let it flow. Other times a design evolves as I work with the materials. Most of my designs are harmonious color combinations. Soothing pairings. Soft, round, circular, peaceful energies are what I prefer and what I tend to create. I know a piece is done when the length is right, the beads are vibrating happily, when I put it on and love it. When my work is going well, I am filled with a sense of creative flow and satisfaction. As if I have been guided in my designs to create the just-right piece. When people see my work, I’d like them interact with it. I hope they want to pick it up, try it on, touch the stones, feel them on their skin and see how the piece makes them feel.

My designs are artistic, modern, earthy, flirty and fun. My current collection includes a lariat necklace design featuring the clasp in the front, as part of the focal. Another popular lariat involves a beaded silk cord that is tied in a gentle knot in front affording the wearer some flexibility with length. I like the simplicity of my magnetic chokers with circular mother of pearl pendants. And one of my favorites is a design that allows beads to float around the wearer’s neck. The seemingly blank space between the beads really accentuates them and makes a unique and lightweight necklace. Inspiration is everywhere, especially in the beads.

And, because I love making things, I also sew. My current sewn offerings include a clothing life of movement-inspired pieces, totes created from recycled materials: stenciled canvas from my local dance studio, thrift-store clothes become fabric for linings, old buttons are given new purpose. I make cup cozies with fabric scraps (that pile I can't seem to part with). These are fun little creative expressions for your coffee or tea to-go cup or pint glass that protect your fingers and the planet.

Stay tuned to see what else I'm up to.

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