I am so thrilled with the bead artists who use my NBB and my bead patterns. Nancy Levine is that person. She has beaded up several of my bead patterns and does a beautiful job at it. Her forte is beaded belts and guitar straps. I can't tell you how good it is to see my designs beaded up. Nancy doesn't have a website yet but she is working on it.
I just needed to share some of her art.
In her own words.
Both of my parents believed in “do-it-yourself.” My mother sewed; my dad did home carpentry. So I grew up in an atmosphere of repurposing materials and making your own. Although I am self-taught, I’ve had great models. I began beading in 2005. My sister asked me to go to a local bead store to look for some Delicas she couldn’t find. The rows of tubes with their flashing colors made me suddenly aware of endless possibility. I was hooked. Also, at the age of 60, I had just gotten my ears pierced and couldn’t find anything I wanted to wear. My first pair of earrings were horrible. But I had tasted bliss. I made a necklace to go with the second pair of earrings. From stringing, I moved to making beaded beads and then to bead weaving. I’ve worked with soutache, bead embroidery, and geometric bead construction. For the past six months, I’ve been focusing on bead looming guitar straps. Twenty years ago I played with a blues band; when I retired from teaching, I began playing again. Making guitar straps and playing acoustic guitar is a perfect way to link two favorite obsessions.
Right now Nancy is in rehab for tendinitis and wasn't able to send more photos. That just gives me a chance for another blog spot for her. Please send healing energy to Nancy so she can get back to what she loves.
Some of Nancy's beadwork.
If you would like to contact Nancy you can email her here
Honor and integrity in art, in life.