Lisa Kan's Profile

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In my prior life I worked as a Senior Quality Assurance Engineer in consumer electronics. 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 and Beadwork magazines).

In April 2008, my first book Bead Romantique:Elegant Beadweaving designs was published by Interweave Press. Bead Romantique is now available as an e-book (http://www.interweavestore.com/Beading/Books/Bead-Romantique-eBook.html).

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…

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  • Female
  • Joined February 13, 2009

Favorite materials

Antique buttons, Czech glass, 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. 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 and Beadwork magazines).

In April 2008, my first book Bead Romantique:Elegant Beadweaving designs was published by Interweave Press. Bead Romantique is now available as an e-book (http://www.interweavestore.com/Beading/Books/Bead-Romantique-eBook.html).

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 2011, I launched a new line of findings and design components under Aria Design Studio. The Damask line comprises of 12 complimentary components created in silicone bronze.. These components challenges the designer to think outside of the box and to create jewelry from multiple directions.

In March 2013 (or sooner), I will be opening 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. In the future, I also plan to offer patterns and kits through this new shop. You can visit the shop with this link:

http://AriaDesignStudio.Etsy.com

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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 glass work and jewelry designs more available on Etsy over time.

To view more of my work or find out where I'll be exhibiting next, please visit my website:
http://www.LisaKan.com

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All images, designs and listing content are copyrighted 2012-2013 Lisa Kan Designs. All rights reserved.

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