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I like to say that I have grown back into my childhood rather than becoming a boring adult. I don’t remember much about my early childhood, but I know adolescence was a lot harder than I care to admit. Like most pre-teen to young adults I was not sure of who I was and it made me uncomfortable, and not having a creative outlet to figure it out through made me serious and often angry.
In high school I discovered a love for theater; it was an escape from my own problems (which were only big in my own mind) and allowed me to work through my own feelings by learning the feelings of my characters.
After high school I got my first job working for an artist in a bead and jewelry store, that summer changed my life forever. It was in that store that I fell in love with color, texture, design and art. I learned how to tap into that creative part of me that I had always been so scared to explore, I had…

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  • Female
  • Born on January 14
  • Joined January 11, 2012

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acrylic yarns, thread, beads, buttons, sterling silver, pen and ink, charcoal, sewing, silk, cotton

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About

I like to say that I have grown back into my childhood rather than becoming a boring adult. I don’t remember much about my early childhood, but I know adolescence was a lot harder than I care to admit. Like most pre-teen to young adults I was not sure of who I was and it made me uncomfortable, and not having a creative outlet to figure it out through made me serious and often angry.
In high school I discovered a love for theater; it was an escape from my own problems (which were only big in my own mind) and allowed me to work through my own feelings by learning the feelings of my characters.
After high school I got my first job working for an artist in a bead and jewelry store, that summer changed my life forever. It was in that store that I fell in love with color, texture, design and art. I learned how to tap into that creative part of me that I had always been so scared to explore, I had always feared failing or not being good enough, or having my most sacred creations laughed at. It was my first step away from using someone else’s script to release my creativity and I soaked it up like a wet sponge.
I like to consider myself an artist, though I don’t have much to show for it. I have yet to find a medium that I don’t like (though some techniques are not my forte). I am a dabbler and easily get bored if I spend too much time on one project or media; for that reason you will find many categories to choose from.

One thing that I heard over and over again in the short time that I worked in that bead store was, “I love that! But I could never wear it!” It was the sound of people crying for a way out of their shell, for the chance to be a little daring and hold their head up high instead of blending into the crowd. I hear my self in those words, it takes me back to the shy little girl in the school yard, wearing and doing nothing to attract attention but always craving and needing to hear someone say that I was special.
I learned quickly that there was no reason those people could “never wear that” necklace they so admired other than the fact they were unsure. I would tell them each, “try it on, if you like it then you CAN wear it! Its all in your own perception of the piece. If you don’t think it will look good then no one will like it because they will sense you are nervous or embarrassed by it. If you wear it with confidence people will always say that you look amazing, because confidence is beautiful.”
The accessories I create are designed to be bold and happy. They embody the flamboyant and passionate parts of my personality. The colors and designs make me happy, they are not “designed to sell” or because they are the popular trend. These are the things that I have wanted to wear and only recently have had the guts to put on. I LOVE color and I want to share my love with the whole world!
So here is my message to the world: Be Bold! Be Beautiful! Be Daring! Be CONFIDENT!!! Be the beautiful creature God created you to be!”

“God, must have been a painter; why else would there be so many colors?” A Beautiful Mind

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