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Beads have always intrigued me as a medium. Even as a child, I collected, sorted, played and used them in my simplest art forms. And then there were childhood lessons from elders, grandmothers teaching their granddaughters to crochet and mothers showing daughters how to needlepoint.

For me, individual beads represent points of color that can be assembled to create a form. Like looking through a magnifying glass at newsprint or a lithograph, many points of differing colors take on shape when viewed with the naked eye. As in a Seraut painting, points of color assembled together in what at first may seem almost random, begin to take on shape from afar. But the question was how to accomplish points of color three dimensionally.

Finding a vehicle to use my, ever increasing bead collection was a slow and deliberate process. Years later, I found an article describing how an artist knitted with beads for evening purses. I took my basic crochet skills and began experimenting with beads in a two dimensional form. Over the years, my crocheting has evolved to three-dimensional work. I am able to crowd beads to bring structure to my dimensional forms. The possibilities become endless. And by adding Peyote and Single Needle Right Angle Weave I continue to expand my 3D crochet.

My task as an artist is to continue to learn from the masters, as well as teach those who may show interest in this ancient and yet very modern Art form.