Winning Entry: The Burgundy Necklace by Vanessa Suen
We are excited to introduce the domestic winner of our Magnificent Marsala contest, Vanessa Suen. Her piece, The Burgundy Necklace, shows off beautiful beadwork and a rich marsala palette that makes us crave a glass of wine.
Tell us about yourself:
First of all, I would like to thank Beadaholique for hosting the jewelry contest. It gives an opportunity for people like myself to get to know other jewelry makers across the world and a chance to show my affection for jewelry making. With a little over two years of jewelry making experience, winning this award to me is very encouraging. As a working mother with two boys, restful time is not easy to come by. My work begins at night after the kids have gone to bed. It is the only undisrupted time I have to make jewelry. Making jewelry has become a meditation for me to relieve stress and to boost my energy. I also thank my husband for supporting my hobby. When I fall into my jewelry world, I kind of block everything and everyone out for quite a period of time.
How did you get interested in beading/jewelry making?
I’ve always been into any type of craft since I was young. Making cards, knitting, pottery, needle felting, and sewing Halloween costumes for my boys were all things I enjoyed very very much! I seldom wore jewelry until three years ago when my younger son was old enough for me not to carry him around. I fell in love with all of those dangling accessories — they make me feel different and feminine. After buying jewelry from a variety of stores, I felt that there was always something missing that would match my outfits, or my mood. That was how I started creating jewelry that fits my needs.
What are your favorite materials to use in jewelry making?
Entering the jewelry-making world is like opening Pandora’s Box to me. There are so many materials I’ve yet to try and learn. Being a novice jewelry designer, every technique, every new material is an adventure to me. I am still exploring the possibilities in creating jewelry. Recently, I’ve loved the versatility that little tiny seed beads can offer. Even though it’s very time consuming, I feel the rewards are worth the effort.
Who or what inspires your creative process?
Since I make jewelry to match my desires, the inspiration could be a variety of items, from the color of the bead to the sweater I have been wearing. Whenever I sit by my desk with a bead and a needle in hand, I feel excited. Every bead has its unique characteristics and is waiting for the opportunity to shine. I enjoy the process of bringing out the uniqueness of each bead.
Is there somewhere people can see/purchase your work?
Friends and family have loved my work so much, they encouraged me to try to sell it so more people can enjoy my work. So recently I created an Etsy shop. You can find my pieces at https://www.etsy.com/shop/JewelryAffection. Hope you like them and thank you again.