My fascination started about two years ago thanks to a wonderful bookcalled Mixed Media Mosaics by Laurie Mika. You know how you can be blown away by an artist’s techniques? Well that happened to me – I literally drooled over the pictures of fabulous shrines and decorated objects using polymer clay stamped with images and enhanced with mica powder.
I was hooked, and pretty soon started spending every spare penny on blocks of Fimo clay for my experiments. Then, while browsing Google images for patterns, I came across work by Donna Kato, and again was thrown into a state of utter ecstasy by her beautiful beads and jewellery. And for the past two years I have studiously followed instructions on how to make canes as well as discovering my own techniques – in particular, using the cane patterns to cover tiles. These have proved very popular and I have sold quite a few in my little retail outlet, Unique Arts, a not-for-personal-profit enterprise based in Thornton, Bradford. I am also building up a local business of holding bead-making parties for children (mainly girls, although the boys love it too – but won’t admit it!)
I am now about to launch my latest venture – Beads on a Bike. Before you get the idea that I am some fitness freak, the bike is actually a 500cc Yamaha Virago, and my intention this summer is to set out on the road and sell my beads, brooches, tiles and other miscellanea using the bike as a sort of advertising poiint with a roll out banner.
So if you see me roaring down your street, please do flag me down, stop me and buy one!
I would like to thank Lorain from Unique Arts for today’s guest post.