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Whisperwill

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Trade:
Bead Weaver
Locale:
Studio City, CA

“Beadweaving is an ancient art and, while it's still pretty prevalent, most artists stick to a more traditional look, using glass or bone beads. My work is like a hybrid of traditional and modern.”

Kelly’s jewelry making foray begins with a picture-clear memory: As a little girl, her grandmother drove her to a nearby Indian reservation, where she got a traditional beaded bracelet—one that had a really cool snake-like movement and became her absolute favorite. Inspired by that memory, she taught herself the art of weaving with beads. It’s a slow, methodical, ancient technique—but she makes it modern by adding shimmery metal beads. The geometric shapes and cool metallic finish make them just right for a fancy party getup. How does she pass the time while doing this very tedious work? She cranks up the music and sings karaoke to herself at the top of her lungs. For the record, you don’t need an audience to sing karaoke. Just the right attitude.