This morning I woke up and thought to myself, “It’s time to feature another customer of mine.” So, today I bring you the very talented Karen Anderson of Catching Waves: Artisan Jewelry and Needle Felt. She’s based in Sacramento, California and many of her pieces are inspired by her love of the ocean. She also loves the vibrant colors and bold designs of ethnic beads. Now and then, she likes to put down the beads and pick up some soft merino wool. Here’s her story, in her own words:
“To me, beading is an almost meditative process. It starts with the inspiration of a particular bead-its color, shape, or perhaps its history: where and when it was made and how it was used–to celebrate a wedding, perhaps, or protect against evil spirits. Then there is the process of exploring what other beads will “sing” with the first, make a harmony. Sometimes a design just comes together, almost on its own; other times, it’s a more deliberate process of trial and error.
I always aspire to make pieces that will bring joy to those who wear them. I have done a number of custom pieces and really enjoyed collaborating with the
customers to make something that reflects their personality. I LOVE searching for unusual stones and beads. I don’t want to make jewelry that looks like everyone else’s or follows any particular trends. I want to make jewelry that is beautiful and distinct, so when you buy something from my shop, it will truly be one of a kind.
Strength and durability matter to me. I use the best materials I can afford–49 strand nylon coated steel beading wire for strength and flexibility and sterling, gold-filled, or copper crimps. Those tiny beads are the only thing that keeps a necklace together, and the solid metals just do a better job of that than the alloys.”
Karen offers some beautiful pieces of jewelry that you won’t want to miss. Her pieces give you something when you’re looking to dress up your wardrobe with something unique and beautiful. She uses high quality materials and puts plenty of loving care into her work. Her felted artwork is also out of this world! But don’t take my word for it…visit her shop and read her glowing reviews!