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You can enter my shop here: singingcatstudio.etsy.com

When I was about eight or nine years old, I asked my parents for an easel and oil paints. I can't now remember why I made this request. Noone in my family is artistic and, in fact, wants to be. All I can guess is that I had some secrect desire to be an artist, a dream that was perhaps fed by the occasional glimpse of all the goodies in the elementary school's art closet. My parents did buy me the easel and paint, and I spent happy hours at it making colorful blobs. Sadly, I couldn't and still can't draw.

In the meantime, I had been making doll clothes out of fabric scraps and when I had the chance to earn a Girl Scout badge in sewing, I felt like I had found my medium. Fast forward many years to a stint in fashion design school and a business making custom clothing for women…

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  • Female
  • Born on July 14
  • Joined December 28, 2009

Favorite materials

beads buttons polymer clay mica powders paints and bits bits bits

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singingcatstudio
Artisan Jewelry and Beads

About

You can enter my shop here: singingcatstudio.etsy.com

When I was about eight or nine years old, I asked my parents for an easel and oil paints. I can't now remember why I made this request. Noone in my family is artistic and, in fact, wants to be. All I can guess is that I had some secrect desire to be an artist, a dream that was perhaps fed by the occasional glimpse of all the goodies in the elementary school's art closet. My parents did buy me the easel and paint, and I spent happy hours at it making colorful blobs. Sadly, I couldn't and still can't draw.

In the meantime, I had been making doll clothes out of fabric scraps and when I had the chance to earn a Girl Scout badge in sewing, I felt like I had found my medium. Fast forward many years to a stint in fashion design school and a business making custom clothing for women.

However, when the opportunity arose, I went back to college to finish a bachelor's degree that I had started twenty five years earlier. After earing a BA in philosophy and an MA in art history (I couldn't, of course, let go of the art), I started teaching in the Writing Arts department at a state college where I still teach mostly freshman composition. This year I'm in a new position and teach two classes at our Camden, New Jersey campus where I work with at risk and non-traditionally aged students, a position that I cherish more than I can possibly say.

But the frustrated artist in me never went away. A number of years ago, I took my first basic beading class. As soon as I made my first necklace, I returned to the bead store to buy more beads and have been a beadaholic ever since. Then, after taking pottery classes, I decided to experiement with polymer clay in order to make my own beads. What I love about polymer is that the possibilities for working with it are endless; plus I can add all sorts of the bits and pieces that I love into my pendants and jewelry. I've always loved buttons and am now becoming a button addict as well, and spend happy hours looking for contempory and especially vintage and antique buttons to include in my work.

And all the while, my three singing cats--Oliver, Tallulah, and Maddy--oversee my ventures.

You can find me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/singingcatstudio
My blog: http://singingcatstudio.blogspot.com/

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