We are pleased to present Virginia Ivy Beadwork, a guest designer/maker who creates jewelry with seed bead weaving techniques. Her name is Teresa Bolinski and we are pleased to show off her newest creations!
"Our creative expression is influenced by the places we immerse ourselves in, the people we interact with and the experiences that shape and grow our spirits. At a very young age I remember meeting my Great-Grandmother Ivy and was amazed by her gift for creating knitted goods and embossed copper pictures without the ability to see. She was blind but did not let her lack of eyesight prevent her from making art. I learned from her that creativity is a magic in us all and has no limitations or boundaries.
My Grandmother Virginia helped shaped my creative heart even though she passed long before I was born. Our shared passion for photography and drawing has the power to connect us through time and space.
Exploring my creative side is a daily practice. I work professionally as a photographer and continue to fill my soul by learning about new art and craft mediums. Working with tiny seed beads to create detailed jewelry is my most recent exploration. I enjoy designing patterns and colour palettes, and working through the patience requiring process of weaving each individual bead into a larger unified design. Working with my hands to create is a meditative practice that relieves anxiety and enhances feeling of inner peace. I hope that those who wear the jewelry I make can feels the positivity attached to each piece."