Terran McCanna's Profile

About

My Customer:
My pieces are designed for the woman who is bold and independent, but has a deep appreciation of nature and art; a woman who is equally at home in an art gallery on opening night or reading a novel next to a mountain stream on a lazy, sunny afternoon.

Background and Influences:
My passion for beading started around 10 years ago. My mom showed me how to make a wire-wrapped loop and use a crimp bead, and I was intrigued – a hop, skip and jump later, I learned to stitch seed beads, and there was no turning back! I’ve spent the years pushing myself to learn new techniques, create new designs, and improve my ability to move smoothly from vision to execution to final product.

I grew up in Oregon, and although I’ve lived in California, Florida, and Georgia since then, I’m still strongly influenced by the colors and natural…

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  • Female
  • Born on September 27
  • Joined November 11, 2007

Favorite materials

seed beads, semiprecious gemstones, crystals, cabochons, found and recycled materials, natural elements

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Beadwork by Terran Joy McCanna

About

My Customer:
My pieces are designed for the woman who is bold and independent, but has a deep appreciation of nature and art; a woman who is equally at home in an art gallery on opening night or reading a novel next to a mountain stream on a lazy, sunny afternoon.

Background and Influences:
My passion for beading started around 10 years ago. My mom showed me how to make a wire-wrapped loop and use a crimp bead, and I was intrigued – a hop, skip and jump later, I learned to stitch seed beads, and there was no turning back! I’ve spent the years pushing myself to learn new techniques, create new designs, and improve my ability to move smoothly from vision to execution to final product.

I grew up in Oregon, and although I’ve lived in California, Florida, and Georgia since then, I’m still strongly influenced by the colors and natural elements of the Pacific Northwest – the cold, wild, rocky seashores and tide pools, the quiet green woods, little mountain creeks and waterfalls, and delicate wildflowers. I earned degrees in Fine Arts and in Biology, and that influences the way I look at organic shapes and the way things are formed and how elements interact, as well as texture, pattern, and color.

My ancestry is Irish and Yup'ik (Native Alaskan / Eskimo), and I am also influenced by the traditional art forms of my peoples. Crows and ravens are significant animals in both cultures - although their symbolic meanings vary widely from one mythology to another around the world, they are always clever and involved in change. Even before I began reading their stories, I've loved their ingenuity and sense of play ever since I was little. When I designed my logo, it never occurred to me to use anything other than a crow with a stolen bead.

Themes:
Although I use a wide variety of bead stitching techniques and materials, certain elements and themes appear in much of my work – vines, leaves, flowers, berries, and spirals.

Techniques:
Bead stitching, bead embroidery, peyote, herringbone / ndebele, netting, right angle weave, brick stitch, wire wrapping, resin, drawing, painting.

Materials:
I tend to purchase materials that catch my eye and then decide what to create with them later. Seed beads, semi-precious gemstones, cabochons, crystals, fire polished Czech glass, lampwork glass, wood, found objects, recycled and repurposed beads and elements. I tend to use Nymo or Silamide nylon beading thread for most of my projects, and Fireline for those projects that need to be stiffer or that use beads with sharper edges.

Sizing:
I’m tall. And I’m no delicate flower. Before I began making my own jewelry, I struggled with finding necklaces that wouldn’t choke me, bangle bracelets that would fit over my hand, and rings that I could wear on fingers other than my pinky. I’ve found that there are many women that share my predicament, so, the work I do tends to be larger scale than average – most necklaces are 20 inches or longer, bracelets are 7 ½ inches or longer. I do my best to add length measurements to the descriptions of all of my necklaces and bracelets, but if you have any questions about any of the pieces you are interested in, please contact me (terran@kaiaghok.com). The nature of my work does not usually allow me to resize any pieces that are already made, but I do some necklaces that have adjustable lengths using chain with hook or lobster-claw clasps, and cuff bracelets are usually made on a metal form that can be gently bent into a smaller diameter.

Organizations:
I am a current member of the Atlanta Bead Society, and a former Vice President of the Bead Society of Central Florida.

I am also a proud member of the Etsy BeadWeavers Team! Search "EBW Team" for more beautiful handwoven creations or visit the team blog for links to all members' shops: http://etsy-beadweavers.blogspot.com

For more about me, see: http://www.kaiaghok.com

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