Friday, February 20, 2009

Feature Friday - Beadwork by Amanda

Featuring Amanda from Beadwork by Amanda, an Etsy shop chocked full of beautiful jewelry.

Amanda does the most amazing things with resin. My personal favorite (and going on my wish list, I might add) is her computer pendents. She cuts a computer chip or other eletronic stuff to fit a particular shaped bezel, then applies resin for a smooth, beautiful pendent. She also does really cool stuff with beads, tiles and even gummy fish (you can't eat it, but it sure looks like the real thing)

Here is more from Amanda:

How did you become an artist?

I believe it all began when my mother gave me a few crayons and a whole stack of paper. When I was 9 my aunt gave me a box of beads and a loom. That started the beadweaving and jewelry making process, but I had been into every art form as a kid including quilling, painting, sculpting, and candle making. For some reason, bead weaving was most appealing so I stuck with it. My middle and high school art teachers were very supportive and brough out my talents in colored pencil, as well as mixed media.

Where do you like to create things?

If I had my way, I'd be in a cabana on a Caribbean island! I'm better off working at my desk so I can lay out all of my supplies. I like to be able to look at a variety of things at one time so that inspiration will strike.

What is your biggest inspiration?

My biggest inspiration is the tropics. I love everything colorful and
fun and I think it really shows in my jewelry.

What do you do besides create?

When I'm not creating, I'm busy as a full-time undergraduate chemistry student. I'm excited to start research next month on the interactions of carbon nanotubes. I also play the clarinet in a concert band and a pep band.

What is your favorite thing in your shop right now?

Right now, my favorite item in my shop is the Lime and Teal bracelet. The
colors are so energetic and I love the way the cube beads mesh withthe seed beads. I also like the way my circuit pendants are coming. Ilove finding interesting circuit boards with hints of other colors like blue and yellow.

To find out more about Amanda check out her blog at and buy something beautiful and fun at Beadwork by Amanda.

1 comment:

beadworkbyamanda said...

Thanks for the feature! You are very generous :)