Artist Profile: Amanda Hinson winner of “Summer Picnics” beading challenge

The winner of June’s beading challenge was Amanda Hinson with her very creative Snow Cone Earrings. We wanted to learn more about Amanda and asked her to share her story with us. 

My name is Amanda, and I live with my husband and two crazy little kitties. I love working with children, and I have spent the last 10 years working at the same amazing after school daycare! I also love to travel; especially to Walt Disney World – I am always plotting our next trip in my head, and I love helping others with their trips as well! In my free time I can usually be found with a pile of beads and some string. 

How did you get interested in beading/jewelry making?  

I have been crafting for as long as I can remember! My Mom always kept us busy with one creative project or another. Beadwork is the craft that stuck with me. I remember using my spending money to buy beads at a very young age. And I must say beads are still my favorite item to shop for!  

What are your favorite materials to use in jewelry making?  

Seed beads are my number one favorite material, simply because the possibilities for these little beauties seem so endless! And I can never resist adding a little bit of bling to my pieces with a Swarovski or two. I have noticed that nearly 100% of my finished pieces incorporate either seed beads or Swarovski crystals. Or both!  

Who or what inspires your creative process?  

So many things inspire me! Most of my pieces are inspired by childhood memories and whimsical fun! I love using lots of bright colors, and enjoy playing around with colors and color combinations in general in my work. I am also inspired by the places that I travel to (or would like to travel to!) favorite foods, nature, holidays, different cultures… There are just so many things to draw inspiration from!  

Winning Entry!

Is there somewhere people can see/purchase your work?  

My shop: 


Thanks Amanda and congratulations again on winning June’s beading challenge “Summer Picnics”!

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About Julie Bean

[Senior Designer] Julie Bean is an artist and jewelry designer living in Los Angeles specializing in mixed media designs, resin, bead embroidery, and bead-weaving. She has taught numerous classes, been published in various magazines, and has recorded over 200 YouTube instructional beading videos. She is the senior designer at Beadaholique, creating hundreds of beading projects complete with detailed instructions. She also creates Steampunk and vintage-inspired jewelry under the name Julie Anne Bean which she sells at juried art fairs, Comic Con, and other venues. When not crafting and creating, Julie loves spending time with her husband and friends, traveling, cooking, and wandering antique markets. Learn more about Julie and see all of her project tutorials on the Beadaholique website.