Etsy Store Featured Artist: Silver Dragon

SilverDragon's shop

I cannot say enough about the amazing work that is in this shop! As a beader I know for a fact that these intricate works take long hours to complete. The tiny beads used in the item shown at the left are a bit bigger than a pen point, and hand sewn into a very unique design! This artist has an immense amount of patience and is very passionate about her works!

The item is called "Coral Reef Beaded Earrings" She describes them; "She liked to make a dramatic entrance, reveling in the spotlight of center stage. She could carry off the unlikely combination of subtle whimsy and brilliant elegance and it didn't matter if she was at work or at the theatre. These are the earrings that blend all these attributes in fanciful style. There is no coral in these earrings but the branched fringe technique is often called corralling. And, as coral itself often grown in reefs, so is this fringe emerging from a reef flat body woven in the Russian variation of Peytote that I use for my Shawl Style earrings. These earrings are approximately 3 inches long (about 7.62 cm) with sterling silver Slip less French ear wires. The two focal beads are vintage Swarovski faceted bi cone beads. they come wrapped in colorful tissue and ensconced in a silver satin gift pouch."

Reading her profile you can tell the passion she has for life for creating and for color! This is one artist you need to put on your shopping list!

From her Profile:

I have always been an artist and one of my earliest art memories is also one of the influences that has stayed with me from the very start. I was four years old and my nursery class had a field trip to a local museum in Rochester NY. I was completely mesmerized by the textiles and bead work of the native Americans. I don't know how long I stood there just gazing at the work and absorbing all that the creator had to say.
My path as an artist, however, was a duet of both fine and performing arts. I am a (retired) ballerina as well as a published artist, having done illustrations for a CD picture book, "Papa Cardinal Finds Breakfast" by Sandra Wellborn. One of my paintings accompanied and essay I wrote for an Astronomy textbook. (I also hold a Masters Degree in Astrophysics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy NY and have worked as an astronomer and still teach astronomy as an adjunct professor for University of Maryland University College.) My work has continued to grow and expand and I now also count myself as a mistress of the art of bead weaving. My paintings and drawings are as important to me as ever, though, and I don't find enough time to do all that I want! All of my work is one of a kind (with occasional limited editions -- I have a hard time doing things more than once!). I like to play with color and texture, experiment with shape and drape and form. Human beings, I think, are happiest when they are allowed to create. I know this is true for me."

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