Greetings Weavers! I am thrilled to be participating in this weaving adventure and I hope you’ll enjoy following my Mirrix Loom Journey. As Elena pointed out in an earlier post about the participants, beadwork and creating beauty is my touchstone for self-healing. I had a career in medicine as a pediatrician. Although I loved this work, my need for a healthier lifestyle for myself led to me leave my medical career. I eventually found my way to a bead store that was closing. I scooped it up and made it my own. Since 2011, I have been serving the beading community at my shop, the Poppyfield Bead Company, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I am originally from New York City and the surrounding area. I began beading in 2002, while I was on maternity leave. I suffered a health crisis, and during that time I discovered that beadwork was helping me to heal my spirit. Since then, I have learned all the off loom weaving techniques. I am mostly self-taught, but I’ve also benefitted from the occasional class with amazing bead artists, such as Laura McCabe, Lisa Niven Kelly, and Margo Field. Honestly, I had shied away from the loom after one negative experience struggling with an inexpensive ‘starter’ loom. So, I am looking forward to seeing what’s possible for me with a Mirrix. I will be using the Big Sister Loom…and you can check in for my next post to see how that goes.
Here are some samples of my published bead work from Lark Publishing’s 500 Judaica, and Bead and Button Magazine.