Lisa Ballowe, Bead Embroidery Artist
I have always been creative. My Mother said that I would have to make her something everyday before school when I was young. I love working with a needle and thread. I created many embroidered pieces ranging from counted thread on linen work to German Hardanger. I started to add beads to my work and got hooked on Beads! In 2009 I moved to jewelry design. I love the freedom of designing my own pieces and hunting for new and exciting elements to include in my work. I am especially drawn to Swarovski Crystals and COLOR, COLOR, COLOR! I am also obsessed with Black and White. I collect MacKenzie Childs Courtly Check Home Decor. In 2017 I expanded my art to also include wearable accessories such as scarves, purses and hats, as well as home decor, such as wall art, decorative boxes and vases.
I am self taught beader starting with freeform peyote then moving on to bead embroidered jewelry. I have attended and will continue to attend bead embroidery classes and retreats to constantly challenge myself and grow as an Artisan and especially to be with my beady friends that I love!
I have won two 1st Place and one 4th Place in Jewelry prizes at local art shows, was a 2019 Finalist in the Bead and Button Show BeadDreams Contest (SEE LINK ON HOME PAGE) and am a Juried Artisan in the Arts and Craftsmen Guild on the Historic Roycroft Campus in East Aurora, NY and am a member of it's Steering Comittee. The Roycroft Campus is the best preserved and most complete complex of buildings remaining of the "guilds" that evolved in the United States at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. Author, lecturer and entrepenuer, Elbert Hubbard began to develop the Roycroft Campus in 1897. It is considered he Birthplace of the Arts and Crafts Movement. For more information, refer to: Roycroftcampuscorporation.com.