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I am held captive by an idea until I turn it into something I can hold. While I am working I am transported to another world that has just one problem to be solved. I am inspired and restless until my work is complete at which point I am excited but at peace. When people see my work I want them to touch it knowing I have formed it from beginning to end guided by my passion.

Jewelry is an ancient art and many connect strongly to it. There is something powerful about creating my own piece and then wearing it for all to see. Ornamentation is something fundamental about all of us. The value of being adorned is far more important and intriguing than the arbitrary monetary values people place on art. I am primarily a self-taught jewelry artist. Making beaded jewelry is an extension of learning to sew as a child at my mother's side. I have been collecting jewelry all my life and got early…

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  • Joined May 10, 2008

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PEMBA by Elizabeth Walther

About

I am held captive by an idea until I turn it into something I can hold. While I am working I am transported to another world that has just one problem to be solved. I am inspired and restless until my work is complete at which point I am excited but at peace. When people see my work I want them to touch it knowing I have formed it from beginning to end guided by my passion.

Jewelry is an ancient art and many connect strongly to it. There is something powerful about creating my own piece and then wearing it for all to see. Ornamentation is something fundamental about all of us. The value of being adorned is far more important and intriguing than the arbitrary monetary values people place on art. I am primarily a self-taught jewelry artist. Making beaded jewelry is an extension of learning to sew as a child at my mother's side. I have been collecting jewelry all my life and got early exposure as a little girl with my grandmother in India.

My mother is Tibetan so my company bears the Tibetan name, “Pemba”, the name of my beloved childhood dog. I prefer working spontaneously from my imagination and feeling the materials instead of from planned drawings. I am completely immersed in the creative process while doing labor-intensive techniques. Sifting through beads I make colorful piles and mix things up before deciding on a particular design. Glass beads, wire, sheet metal, fabric, polymer clay and found objects are what I most like making jewelry from. The beauty of common, everyday things or found objects grounds my work in the culture I am living in. When printmaking I would grab a piece of bamboo plant on my walk to the studio and run it through the press, transferring the leaf texture into the soft ground on the etching plate. Texture continues to be important to me. The first beaded bracelet I made was similar to the wall-to-wall 70's red shag rug in my bedroom that I used to run my hands through.

Cross-cultural influences, worldwide travels and living abroad are all integral to my final pieces. Each piece is imbued with something from my past: a single life in the teeming heart of Tokyo, endless teenage days at Pacific Ocean beaches, inhaling spicy aromas particular to India while standing with my son in a market in Jaipur, biking alone at sunset through Roman ruins in Caesarea, Israel, rafting down the Grand Canyon to sleep in a huge red rock cave on the thundering river's edge, staying in a minuscule Norwegian cabin listening to innumerable waterfalls in a remote fjord... To find out more see http://www.pemba.us/.

I retain all rights to all images and designs on my site. No type of reproduction without permission from me. Thank you. Copyright Elizabeth Davis Walther

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