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I remember sitting at the kitchen table, on a Saturday afternoon, listening to my mother and her friends, re-telling the stories we have all heard at least a hundred times, but we listen, as if we were hearing them for the first time - laughing right along with the older women.

Yet, amidst the laughter, there are important lessons being taught and learned. We are intent on imitating the complex patterns the women are producing, with our small and inexperienced hands. We are in awe, because the women do not need needles; just thread and a candle. The wax brings the thread to a perfect point. The colors and patterns are precise and have been handed down through generations.

This is how I learned the art of beading. Not in a classroom, but around the kitchen table in our house in Queens, New York. In pretty much the same way my mother learned from her…

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  • Joined February 16, 2009

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Semiprecious stones, Kazuri beads, wood, recycled glass, batik bone, coral, glass seed beads and sterling silver

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About

I remember sitting at the kitchen table, on a Saturday afternoon, listening to my mother and her friends, re-telling the stories we have all heard at least a hundred times, but we listen, as if we were hearing them for the first time - laughing right along with the older women.

Yet, amidst the laughter, there are important lessons being taught and learned. We are intent on imitating the complex patterns the women are producing, with our small and inexperienced hands. We are in awe, because the women do not need needles; just thread and a candle. The wax brings the thread to a perfect point. The colors and patterns are precise and have been handed down through generations.

This is how I learned the art of beading. Not in a classroom, but around the kitchen table in our house in Queens, New York. In pretty much the same way my mother learned from her elders in her kitchen in Havana, Cuba.

A lot has changed since those days in Queens, but a lot has remained the same. The kitchen table is still the best place to create my symphonies of color. The candle is still there, but now it helps me thread the needle. And my mother is still sharing those same stories, and we're still laughing. The music is still playing while the compositions mysteriously find their way from my head to the art which my hands now design and produce.

Perhaps it is no coincidence that my life is surrounded by art. While creating music at my kitchen table with drops of color is the artistic expression I enjoy most, I am also an interior designer, who specializes in commercial architectural interiors. And even though I now call Pembroke Pines, Florida home, my inspiration is still drawn from the stories we continue to share about our vibrant Afro-Cuban culture.

Sharing my culture is one of the things which bring me great joy. My art allows me to do this in a language that everyone can understand and appreciate. Please join me in experiencing the art of Omi Designs - beaded creations inspired by the rhythms and colors of my African heritage!

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