Leah Ready - Beaded Jewelry
I create beaded art dolls and jewelry. I was drawn to the medium of beads because they sparkle and because of their many sizes and colors allow me the variety I crave. I like the intimacy that beadwork involves and the mediative quality that is associated with working primarily with small glass objects, obsessively and compulsively stitching them together. I enjoy working with different stitches and exploring how one stitch interacts with or expands on another stitch. I am inspired by the beauty of the world around me, from deserts to seashores to gardens of colorful flowers.
My love of beads and fibers began as a child. With a jeweler father and a knitting, sewing mother, I was destined to create. Drawn to beads because they are easy to pick up and put down and because they are very portable. I find that the variety of colors, textures and surfaces at my fingertips enables me to create whatever my mind imagines.
I want people to smile when they hold my art dolls or try on a piece of my jewelry and to appreciate my designs and use of color. I’m happiest when the repeat customer comments on how many compliments she receives on the piece I have made.