Paulette Bertrand's Profile
15 years ago, my full-time job, working for a magazine printer, took me to Arizona several times a year. There I discovered bead shops, and my jewelry designing career began. I went from designing for myself to designing for friends, to craft fairs and now, to Etsy and the world!
I hand pick all my beads and I carefully select my vendors to make sure they have a social conscience and eco-friendly businesses. I believe that in doing small things, we can make an impact in our world.
Among my favorite materials right now are ceramic beads from the Kazuri Women's Beadmaking Cooperative in Nairobi, Kenya, paper beads made by women in Uganda and beads made from taqua nuts and Acai seeds gathered from the rainforests.
Read the stories behind my beads at www.kazuriwest.com.
- Born on January 1
- Joined April 8, 2010