Beadtography

Original Braille Art, Photography, and Beaded Jewelry

Vancouver, Washington · 725 Sales

Beadtography

Original Braille Art, Photography, and Beaded Jewelry

Vancouver, Washington 725 Sales On Etsy since 2014

5 out of 5 stars
(166)

Announcement   Welcome to Beadtography's original Braille Art, Photography, and Beaded Jewelry shop! Our braille jewelry and braille gifts, original photography creations, and beaded jewelry are the result of a collaborative union between a husband (photographer) and wife (bead fanatic) who have loved raising and socializing guide dog puppies in training - this endeavor combines our interests in art.

Please feel free to contact us about custom orders - we welcome and enjoy bringing your custom order requests to life!

If you would like to learn more about us and about Beadtography, visit our profile in the Exceptions Journal at http://exceptionsjournal.com/braille-beads-and-accessible-art-a-conversation-with-two-multisensory-artists/ .

"Like" our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Beadtography) for more information about our work, glimpses of the pieces we have donated to charity auctions, and periodic promotional codes and giveaways! You can also follow us on Instagram (@beadtography).

If you've read this far, you can get 5% off your entire purchase by sharing Beadtography's shop on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. Message us with the link, and we will reply to you with the coupon code!

Announcement

Last updated on Jul 10, 2018

Welcome to Beadtography's original Braille Art, Photography, and Beaded Jewelry shop! Our braille jewelry and braille gifts, original photography creations, and beaded jewelry are the result of a collaborative union between a husband (photographer) and wife (bead fanatic) who have loved raising and socializing guide dog puppies in training - this endeavor combines our interests in art.

Please feel free to contact us about custom orders - we welcome and enjoy bringing your custom order requests to life!

If you would like to learn more about us and about Beadtography, visit our profile in the Exceptions Journal at http://exceptionsjournal.com/braille-beads-and-accessible-art-a-conversation-with-two-multisensory-artists/ .

"Like" our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Beadtography) for more information about our work, glimpses of the pieces we have donated to charity auctions, and periodic promotional codes and giveaways! You can also follow us on Instagram (@beadtography).

If you've read this far, you can get 5% off your entire purchase by sharing Beadtography's shop on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. Message us with the link, and we will reply to you with the coupon code!

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A group photo! This group picture of one of our hand-hammered copper cuff bracelets, a custom braille and black leather bracelet, and a braille necklace with the word "strong" on it turned out better than many of our family pictures - no closed eyes!
We love how uniquely each piece of copper oxidizes! It adds such great character to this custom copper and black leather braille bracelet.
We created this variation on our leather and aluminum braille keychain as a custom donation for the Community Association of the Blind's annual fundraiser. It features the word "amazing" in raised braille dots, along with other custom alterations-pretty!
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About

A husband and wife duo who have combined their artistic strengths to create something new!

Beadtography is the creative collaboration of Rebecca and Peter Khalil, a husband and wife duo.

Peter is the photographer in our collaboration, and he has a unique perspective on perception and photography as a result of a condition called keratoconus. Peter’s vision has undergone a number of changes over the course of his life, and his photography strives to capture images the way he has seen the world at various points, including now that he has undergone a corneal transplant, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor. Some of Peter's pictures are abstract, capturing life in a way that is inspired and informed by his uncorrected vision, others are detailed and crisp or incorporate enhanced color and textures, and still others emphasize the interplay of light and subject to create different visual effects.

Rebecca is the bead fanatic and is the creator of Beadtography's beaded jewelry, as well as the one responsible for planning and incorporating beadwork into Peter's photography to emphasize elements of the photographs, or to incorporate poetry or prose in braille. Even before she met and married Peter, Rebecca had been connected to the world of the blind and visually impaired as a puppy raiser for Guide Dogs of America and other organizations doing similar work. She has raised and socialized future guide dogs in training for over 20 years (and convinced Peter to start puppy-raising in 2011, as well!).

We hope that our Braille Art in particular encourages others to think about art, language, and the experience of reading in new ways. Regardless of where on the visual spectrum a person may fall, he or she can experience our Braille Art in a virtually limitless number of ways: the photograph itself may be arresting and intriguing, the texture or appearance of the beading may be what draws you in, or perhaps the words themselves that are included in braille speak to you or hold special meaning. Or maybe it's some combination of these that really sings.

Our Braille Art, Embellished Photography, and Beaded Jewelry are all original works of art, created by hand, with a tremendous amount of joy. Our work is created in our smoke-free home, under the supervision of two of our career-changed former guide dog puppies in training: a German Shepherd named Lorelai who decided early on that being a couch potato was a better fit for her than guide work, and a Lab/Golden Retriever named Bruce who just didn't like the idea of wearing a harness but who has no objection to cuddles and affection. This endeavor brings us closer together and helps us better appreciate the world we live in and the many strengths and differences of those around us. We hope you love it as much as we do!

Shop members

  • Rebecca Khalil

    Owner, Beading Guru

    Rebecca is the creator of Beadtography's Beaded Jewelry, as well as the person responsible for planning and incorporating beadwork into Peter's photography to create our Braille Art and Embellished Photography.

  • Peter Khalil

    Owner, Photographer

    Peter is Beadtography's photographer, and he has a unique perspective on perception and photography as a result of a condition called keratoconus. His photography reflects the world through his eyes, both before and after a corneal transplant.

Shop policies

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Last updated on Jun 20, 2018
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalized orders - we love them!

We have existing listings set up for personalized Braille Jewelry orders, as these are some of our most popular items!

In addition, custom Braille Art orders are possible and welcome! The time necessary to create your personalized artwork may vary and, depending on the item requested, may take approximately a month to create, so please plan in advance. You can create your custom Braille Art order using either one of our photographs or by providing one of your own, and you can select the message you would like us to include in braille. By providing us with a photograph to use for a custom order, you certify that you have the right to use that photograph for this purpose.

Custom and personalized orders - product photos and surprises

When you place a custom order with us, you give Beadtography permission to use product photos for our portfolio on various websites, including but not limited to: Facebook, Etsy, and Instagram.

If you do not want us to use product photos of your order, please let us know before your order is completed; we are always happy to respect your wishes.

In addition, if you let us know the date of a celebration, we will take care not to publish any product photographs before the celebration - we love surprises, and we wouldn't want to spoil yours!

Custom and personalized orders - uncontracted (Grade 1) versus contracted (Grade 2) braille

Please be aware that by default we use uncontracted (Grade 1) braille and that all braille beading and embossing is done by hand, so it will not be perfectly aligned or of absolutely uniform size, due to the realities of handcrafting.

We love incorporating visual and tactile art, and we are most comfortable using uncontracted (Grade 1) braille. If you would like to order a piece of art with custom braille beading using contracted (Grade 2) braille, we are happy to do that - just know that we may need guidance from you, as we are not as experienced with Grade 2 contractions.

Gift wrapping and packaging

All of our jewelry items will come carefully packaged in a colorful, decorative organza bag, along with one of our business cards - ready for gift giving or for treating yourself!

All prices are removed from our products and any tags prior to shipping, so you will never have to double-check for that information, if it is intended as a gift.

If you are sending one of our creations directly to a gift recipient and would like us to include a card with a message from you to them, please just let us know in the Notes to Seller box at checkout, as we are happy to do that for you (we reserve the right to decline this service for insulting, racist, or otherwise offensive content).

Damage in shipping - please let us know, with pictures

If your item is damaged in transit, please be prepared to send us pictures of the item and the packaging within 24 hours of receiving it. We will need this information from you both to confirm the damage and to make sure insurance covers the loss.

Shipping - time estimates and local pickup option

By default, we ship all items USPS First Class Mail and include insurance when shipping to locations within the United States, unless another shipping option is selected at checkout. Although shipping times may vary, and items often arrive MUCH more quickly, please allow 1-2 weeks to receive your package via USPS. Please allow longer for international deliveries, as these times may vary based on location.

If you are local and would prefer to meet and not have your item shipped, message us before you place your order - if we can work something out that is mutually convenient, we can send you a coupon code to void the shipping costs when you place your order.

Shipping - address and customs information

Please make sure your address is correct when placing your order. If an unconfirmed or incorrect address is provided to us, Beadtography is not responsible for any delay in shipping times, additional shipping, rerouting fees, or stolen packages.

International buyers are responsible for paying any customs or other fees.

Sales tax and contact information - we love to hear from you!

Beginning January 1, 2018, the Etsy interface will automatically calculate and add the appropriate amount of sales tax to many orders. This is not something that our shop manages.

In addition to the Etsy messaging system, you can also reach us by email at beadtography@gmail.com. We love hearing from our customers - that is the best part of creating our art!

Refunds and returns

We want you to love our creations as much as we do! Although we do our best to accurately describe and photograph our items, if you find that an item you receive is not as described, please contact us within 14 days for a full refund of the original amount (item+shipping) that you paid to us. Refunds will be processed when we receive the item back from you in the same condition we sent it to you. Please be mindful that although the colors of all photographed items appear accurately on our monitor, monitors do vary.

All custom orders and items on sale are final and non-returnable. We also do not accept returns on any of our earrings for hygiene reasons, as these are intimate items and cannot be resold once worn.