BiddefordBeadLab

Wearable art beaded in organic forms, unusual colors

Biddeford, Maine · 6 Sales

BiddefordBeadLab

Wearable art beaded in organic forms, unusual colors

Biddeford, Maine 6 Sales On Etsy since 2013

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Announcement   Fiber artist creating handmade one-of-a-kind beaded jewelry.

Proud member of the Etsy Bead Weaving Team, the Etsy Maine Team, and New England Artists team. Those people are super-talented, and it's an honor to be among them.

Announcement

Fiber artist creating handmade one-of-a-kind beaded jewelry.

Proud member of the Etsy Bead Weaving Team, the Etsy Maine Team, and New England Artists team. Those people are super-talented, and it's an honor to be among them.

Joan Vermette

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Joan Vermette

Bracelet: Beadwoven Bobbles in Gold Seed Beads
Bracelet: Beadwoven Bobbles in Gold Seed Beads
$85.00
Earrings: Sea green, blue and cream beaded
Earrings: Sea green, blue and cream beaded
$25.00
Earrings: Hematite, cultivated pearl beadwoven
Earrings: Hematite, cultivated pearl beadwoven
$48.00
Earrings: festive turquoise and gold beadwoven
Earrings: festive turquoise and gold beadwoven
$32.00
Bracelet set: matte black and shiny pink beaded
Bracelet set: matte black and shiny pink beaded
$90.00
Pendant: Vintage inspired Wire Wrapped beaded
Pendant: Vintage inspired Wire Wrapped beaded
$55.00

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billoufris

billoufris on Feb 4, 2015

5 out of 5 stars
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Very pretty; love the green and rose hues in this unusual bracelet!

Anonymous on Apr 6, 2013

5 out of 5 stars
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Stylish, and beautifully made! The color contrast adds great interest. Joan's work is a cut above. Looking forward to ordering a customer piece. Thank you! Cathy

Anonymous on Apr 6, 2013

5 out of 5 stars
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Absolutely gorgeous, it's wearable art. Beautifully packaged as well. Very positive experience!

Shop policies

Last updated on May 5, 2013
Welcome to the online store of the Biddeford Bead Lab.

I'm Joan Vermette, a fiber artist who mainly works in wearable art made with beads.

For some reason, I've always called my work area the "lab," because I'm always interested in learning new techniques and extending them. I learn, I extend, I explore variants, I surrender to happy accidents and incorporate them into the next iteration, and along the way, I find beauty and wonder and humor. And then I move on to the next challenge.

Although I like to dabble in different techniques, my underlying vision is realized by following these four principles:

1. Know what a bead is good for. Never use beads for anything that another medium does better.

For instance, covering an area of a piece with color might be better done with paint or dye or lacquer or dyed fabric. I think that beads are not great to draw with, unless a jagged, pixelated sort of line is what one wants (which you may, as it fits the context of a particular work.) This is why I'm not interested in creating anything figural - I would never try to create a beaded flower or an animal or a portrait and such like. Though I understand the challenge, in my mind, it's anti-bead.

Beads are good for repetition and variants. Beads make great texture. Beads do things with light that paint, photography and cinematography can only dream about. And they're wearable, unlike most art - they are probably humankind's first wearable art. So - you do what you like with them: I'm sticking to this.

2. The essence of great bead work is stringing. The essence of stringing is contrast.

It's hard work to just string beads on a thread in a way that's interesting and allows the beholder to see something new each time he/she looks at a piece. It requires a feel for contrast and complement in hue, value, saturation, surface texture, opacity, size, shape and rhythm, and it's important that when one moves beyond simple stringing to more complicated techniques that one is not so dazzled by the technique so much that one forgets to use these basic qualities.

3. Beading is essentially fiber art.

So other types of fiber is always a complement to it. I use natural fibers as much as possible because I think they're better looking, feel better, and are better for the Earth.

I'm also aware that although most "bead weaving" techniques don't involve actual weaving, the aim of them is to create fabric, and so I look to apply the right approach for the right effect. What's going to give me the right amount of draping or structure to realize a particular design? What will give me the right sort of surface texture?

Even stringing is creating a single fiber. Wire is fiber in metal. I work in beads as a special medium, but I am a fiber artist. I'm making and shaping fiber and cloth.

4. The basic forms of jewelry are ancient and time-tested.

I feel as though it's important to respect classic forms of jewelry, if only from an industrial design perspective - I want people to wear and enjoy what I make, so I want them to be structurally sound and comfortable. A lot of the pieces I make are delicate, which I hope is what makes them unique and beautiful - so no roughhousing with them! But at the base of everything I create is a classic, time-tested, usable, durable form.

Which doesn't mean I'm not going to test the limits, occasionally. In my mind, that's a form of respect in itself.


So that's what I'm about, here at the Biddeford Bead Lab. Everything I do is one of a kind. I explore a technique and try to work it through to its logical conclusions, towards the end of creating beauty and wonder in wearable form.

I hope you like what you see.

Joan Vermette
Principal Investigator
Biddeford Bead Lab

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Payment
I take PayPal, credit cards through Etsy, and money orders. I ship within 3 - 5 business days after I receive payment.

If payment is made with an "e-check" via PayPal, I will wait until the e-check clears (about 3-4 days) before I ship your item.
Shipping
The shipping prices on my item pages include shipping and handling, which is why they might seem a little higher than what you might pay if you were sending something of the same weight to a friend. I pack beautifully and carefully, so your items arrives in the same condition in which it left the Lab.

I ship USPS first class, and if you'd like insurance, I'll use Priority mail. Just let me know if you'd like your item insured, and I will give you an updated shipping cost. Also please let me know if you'd like expedited shipping, and I'll work that cost out for you, too.

I'll use USPS first class for International orders, also. Please allow extra time for shipping.
Refunds and Exchanges
I want you to be happy with your purchase. So if you should have an issue, please contact me and I'm sure we can resolve it together.

I will take returns up to 5 days after receipt, with the item in the original condition. You are responsible for the return shipping costs, and original shipping costs will not be refunded.

I guarantee my items free from flaws due to workmanship for 120 days of normal wear. If you would like a repair, please contact me to discuss it.

Note that the items I create are delicate, and many use natural fibers - therefore, please do not get them wet, expose them to undue force, and to keep the colors true, please do not store them in direct sunlight.
Additional policies and FAQs
I welcome wholesale orders - please email me and we'll work something out.

I also love custom orders - please contact me with what you have in mind, and we can talk about how I can work with you.