Archive for August, 2012

One of the best parts about working at a bead store is meeting local beaders, every day introducing us to new artists and projects. Danaelle Mason is one such artist who has wowed us with her intricate beadwork, embellishing cabochons with rows of delicate seedbead embroidery. A third generation sead-beader, Danaelle’s work infuses traditional techniques with rich colors and bold shapes, making each piece one of a kind!

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Q: How long have you been making jewelry?
A: I’ve been beading for about 20 years now. My mother and grandmother are both beaders. My mom specializes in Native-style earrings and had her own business, so I was eager to learn how to bead. I started when I was 10 years old and my Mom taught me how to make beaded earrings. My Grandma also makes earrings and does traditional style beading. Beading is definitely a passion of mine. One piece took 20 hours total!

Q: How did D’Nell’s Beaded Creations get started?
A: It started about one and a half years ago. I started creating these pieces, and they sold left and right to friends or through the public market. I mostly sell through word of mouth.

Q: How did you come up with the name “D’Nell’s Beaded Creations”?
A: I just played around with it. I knew I wanted my name in there, and I liked the idea of wearable art. The name may change but so far it’s worked.

Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Hippy chic. I get lost while beading; it’s my zen meditation.

Q: What inspires you?
A: I’m inspired a lot by the natural world and what’s around me. I’m also inspired by my friends and their energy.

Q: Has anyone been an influence to your work?
A: My mother who first taught me how to bead and of course my grandmother. My mom keeps inspiring me. We bead together every day and sell our work together. We both sold pieces for the Downtown Bellingham Art Walk on July 1st, and at the public market. We definitely plan on doing it again.

Q: What other hobbies or activities do you have in your life?
A: I love gardening, reading, and cooking. I’ve enjoyed bike riding and swimming, and love to float the river. I also love spending time with my family.

Q: Do you have any hopes or ambitions for Snowy Owl Jewelry in the future?
A: I’d like to teach classes and seminars on beading, and travel around to different bead expos. I want to start an Etsy shop and make beading kits. Maybe one day I’ll have my own store front for my and other artists’ work as well.

Thank you, Danaelle, for allowing us to interview you!

Feeling inspired? Danaelle’s work will be displayed and sold at the Bead Bazaar during the month of August! Make sure to stop by and view her wearable art.


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