Bead artist Licia Ramos has been creating show-stopping jewelry for more than 30 years here in Los Angeles. We’ve been so impressed with her work over the years that we wanted to introduce her to you — maybe you’ll be as inspired by her creations as we are!
Licia uses cabochons, gemstones and seed beads in striking bead embroidered pieces that make a statement. She is a member of the Los Angeles Bead Society and her work has been displayed and sold at shows, galleries and studios. She also loves to teach beading and watch her students become inspired with ideas of their own. We’re thrilled that she took the time to tell us a bit about herself.
How did you get interested in beading/jewelry making?
My ancestors were “thread artists” from Italy and Victorian ladies who loved personal adornment and the decorative arts, and they inspired me to develop creativity. Also, my mother was an opera singer who had beautiful custom-designed costumes, and I got to see her fabulous wardrobe frequently for her stage performances in New York City.
What are your favorite materials to use in jewelry making?
My great-grandparents and grandparents’ decorative items and jewelry that I “repurposed” for cabochon bead embroidery. These include cuff links, buttons, hatpins, beads — all from the late 1800’s to 1940’s. Many were purchased in Europe and left in attic trunks for me in New York City.
Who or what inspires your creative process?
My husband was a commercial and industrial artist who now sculpts miniatures as a hobby. We each have our own hobby studios. He collaborates with me on my designs and has hand-carved feature cabochons and focal beads for me. His guidance on color palettes is invaluable. Plus, construction of larger pieces can be challenging; his tips lead me to be more creative and push my limits to work with unusual and unique materials.
Is there somewhere people can see/purchase your work?
People can see and purchase my work at Pasadena Bead and Design Show, Contemporary Crafts Market and other high-end shows in the Los Angeles area. Home boutiques and classes can be arranged for collectors of my work. A few pieces can be viewed on the beadsocietyla.org website. I am also a published artist in “World on a String,” a collectors’ bead book, and was published in the April 2014 issue of Bead and Button magazine. I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you have any advice for those just getting into jewelry making?
Do what gives you pleasure and appeals to your innate sense of beauty and art. Look at nature and observe colors around you. Spend time with other beaders and motivate each other. Learn from Beadaholique’s guides and instructional videos — they are the best! Have fun, and enjoy the journey!
Thanks for sharing your insight, Licia, and best of luck in future creative projects.