Biography

I am both a bead artist and a scientist, and I specialize in geometric beaded structures. I've been a crafty person as long as I can remember, but I found my fascination with geometry exquisitely expressed through modular geometric origami. In this medium, several pieces of paper are folded into individual modules which are then assembled together to form the completed origami object. I turned to beadwork for a creative outlet while completing a rigorous doctoral program in biochemistry, and soon applied the principles of geometric origami to beads. I was immediately drawn to small clusters of beads known as "beaded beads." I have since applied my knowledge of biochemistry to beadwork to create accurate, beaded representations of molecules.

My fascination with new and interesting structures permeates my beading designs. I love to experiment with newly developed seed bead shapes, as well as the wide variety of shapes of Czech glass beads and Swarovski crystals. I enjoy the design process of combining beautiful colors and shapes of beads with the intellectual challenge of engineering the beaded object. Much care is taken to ensure that the resulting beaded beads are sturdy and durable for long lasting wearability, so that the beaded art can be enjoyed for years to come. While regularly shaped seed and glass beads form the core of my work, I also experiment with incorporating freshwater pearls, semiprecious stones, and handmade lampwork beads into my designs.

With a strong foundation as a trained academic, I share my beading ideas through writing detailed patterns and teaching. My patterns are fully illustrated and complete with troubleshooting tips to help students navigate through technical challenges, and my patterns also include photos of variations to inspire my students to explore additional possibilities for the designs. I love to see what my students will create with these designs, and I hope that you'll join me as well!

Awards and Publications

"Endorphin Molecule," Finalist, Bead Dreams Competition, June 2013.

"Snowflakes Bracelet," Beadwork Magazine. Interweave Press, December/January 2012/2013.

"Dewdrop Beaded Bead," Beadwork Magazine. Interweave Press, October/November 2012.

"Ice Queen Necklace," 2nd Place, Bead Mavens Ice Queen Challenge, December 2010.

Lavender Splendor” Honorable Mention in the Seed Bead Category, 2nd Annual Bead Star Contest. Bead Star 2009, Interweave Press, December 2009.

Education

Ph.D., University of California, Davis (2010). Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

B.S., San Francisco State University, San Francisco (2005). Cell and Molecular Biology.