“Raised Texture Bead Embroidery Techniques”
Jody Young is a master bead artist who began beading at the age of twelve. Before moving to Maui, Hawaii, where she lived for several years, Jody owned Beyond Beads Gallery in Spokane, Washington, for more than twenty-one years. She has recently returned to the Pacific Northwest, and today her creations are being recognized as fine art.
Jody’s one-of-a-kind pieces, which she calls Bead Art-Worth, truly come alive using her distinctive raised textured beading technique. Jody uses the finest quality beads, as well as a mixture of shells, coral, pearls, stone, glass, crystal, and other natural elements. Each bead is meticulously threaded by hand, never glued. Her Bead Art-Worth collection is finished with a backing of fine, soft leather and is often displayed on natural elements such as shells, rock, or wood.
Jody draws inspiration for the Bead Art-Worth collection from the natural beauty and rhythm of life. Earth, water, air and fire are the soul of her work. Inspiration awaits while strolling the beach, snorkeling, hiking majestic Northwest forest, or simply gazing at the warm glow of a campfire. The vibrant colors and natural rhythms of nature are uniquely captured in her extraordinary work.
Jody’s presentation will be about her Raised Texture Beading style, a free-form (no patterns to follow) technique that allows you let the beads speak to you through color, texture and placement. In her work, she uses a variation of stitches to create movement and texture throughout the beadwork, allowing her work to come alive.