By training, I’m an accountant. I spent my career managing financial operations for United Ways in North Carolina and Florida. I discovered beading when I took a class with several friends at Sawtooth School for Visual Art.
The class was a life changing experience. The best way to describe it was I fell in love. Everything just clicked – the look of the beads, the colors, and the way they felt in my hands. I began to make beaded jewelry and I continued to take classes. I spent several years using all my free time to work with beads. Finally, I decided to retire from my job and devote myself full time to working with beads.
I love beautiful objects of all kinds, particularly those that are functional – a well made chair, a beautiful bowl, a glass vase. Because I believe everyone should be able to have and use beautiful things, my goal is to design and create pieces that are beautiful, of excellent quality, and affordable.
I create my jewelry with off loom bead weaving techniques. I use bead, paper, sequins, agates, and minerals in my works. I am inspired by the play of colors, textures, and the interplay of various beading stitches as they come together to form a finished product. I take great pleasure in creating with my hands and am delighted when someone falls in love with one of my designs. I take pleasure in seeing the enjoyment they get from wearing it.
I sell my work at craft fairs around North Carolina, at the Fiber Company located in the arts district in Winston-Salem, at the Sawtooth School for Visual Art Gallery Shop in Winston-Salem, and on my website. My work has been displayed in gallery shows at Waterworks Gallery in Salisbury and in the Welborn Gallery located in the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center in Yadkinville.
I am a juried member of the Yadkin Valley Arts Guild and a member of Associated Artists of Winston-Salem. I continue to use my financial expertise by serving on the boards of several arts organizations.
I live in Winston-Salem with my husband Larry Bohannon, who is a woodworker, and our two dogs Rusty and Sandy.