Artist Profile: Serena Garland winner of The Wearing of the Green Contest

We asked Serena Garland, winner of March’s The Wearing of the Green Beading Contest, to tell us a little more about herself. Read all about her journey below. 

Tell Us About Yourself:  

My name is Serena Garland, I am 50 years old. I have a son Nick, a daughter Lora and a granddaughter Katherine. In addition to making jewelry, I also love to paint. My favorite subjects to paint are butterflies, birds and flowers. I do most of my paintings in watercolors and acrylics. I live in Harrogate, Tennessee, on 80 acres, where I am surrounded by nature. Every day I see deer and wild turkeys grazing in the fields outside my window. 

Serena’s Winning Piece

How did you get interested in beading/jewelry making?

As a young girl I can remember removing the covering from a telephone wire and using the smaller colored wires inside to fashion bracelets, rings and necklaces. My serious leap into making jewelry started about a year ago. My wrist is very small and I had purchased a bracelet that I loved, but it kept slipping onto my hand. I finally thought, how hard could it be to take it apart and make it fit? Long story short, I did it and it occurred to me that I could make more of my own bracelets to fit. I ordered about a dozen books on jewelry-making that interested me and educated myself on as many techniques as my abilities would allow. Even though I have now made hundreds of pieces, I still try to learn new things to incorporate into my work. Beadaholique has a wealth of information that has helped me learn so many new things.  

What are your favorite materials to use in jewelry making?

Metal and wire are so intriguing to me. I find that I gravitate more to those materials than any others. You can be extra creative with wire, because it is so versatile. I have recently taken a class on wire-working and will be trying some new ways to use wire soon. Honestly, I love using things that most people would never think to use in jewelry, and nothing is really off-limits for me. 

Who or what inspires your creative process?  

Most of my inspiration comes from the materials themselves; they just seem to beckon me to be made into a particular piece. There is no preparation done on my part, I just sit down and look at the things before me and then I begin working. But truly, most of my inspiration comes from family and friends, their support and encouragement is what drives me to be creative. They have so much faith in me, that it keeps me motivated to work and improve on my abilities to create new and better pieces. I would like to especially thank my best friend, Melinda for all of her pushing to make me work in the beginning. Another special thank you to my son for his support.  


Is there somewhere people can see/purchase your work? 

As of this time, there is no place to see any of my work. The name of my company will be called “DaisyKat” and my son is in the process of creating a website for me. Hopefully, we should be up and running soon. I will also have an Etsy shop very soon.