of Huib Petersen
“I always try to do that what I cannot do in order
to learn how to do it.”
– Pablo Picasso
Needlecrafts first caught my attention when I was a child
growing up in a small town in Holland. Encouraged by my mom,
grandma and the local needlecraft store owner, I picked up
crochet, knitting, tatting, macramé, bobbin lace, needle
lace and embroidery with ease.
In high school, I discovered the theater and loved every aspect
of it. I strengthened my existing skills and learned new ones:
acting, directing, puppetry, costume design, stage design,
backdrop painting, singing and writing.
In 1995 I moved from Holland to San Francisco, and opened
a small arts and crafts workshop and gallery on Nob Hill.
Inspired by a chance encounter with 19th century Russian beadwork,
I discovered the beauty and challenges of designing with beads.
I use different sizes of beads as a building material –
like little bricks – and a variety of traditional stitches
as a flexible, tensile sort of mortar. Placing beads one by
one, row by row on top of each other, I combine my needlework,
theater and jewelry skills to create sculpted bugs, butterflies,
birds, and sea creatures in their environments.
The result is a unique kind of wearable art that offers the
intricacy of embroidery and lace, the depth of a theater set
and the durability and brilliance of glass.
I have been doing beadwork full time for the last seven years,
and all of my pieces are one of a kind.
Born and educated:
Doorn, The Netherlands
Residence and studio:
San Francisco, California
V. Breier, 2001 - 2004
Cicada, 1998 - 2002
Filigree, 2001 - 2003
Winterbranch, 2002 - 2003
Fred Segal, 2002
Folk Tree, 2003
Contemporary Crafts Fair,
2002 - 2004
San Francisco and
Southern CA Bead Society
Northern CA Bead Society
Beads, Tampa, Florida
BABE, Oakland, CA
Baubles and Beads,
B for Savvy Brides,
500 Beaded Objects,
Lark Books, 2004
Susan Applewood Cann
Brown Professional Services
Nico van Dongen and Karel Michels
Najat, Myrthe, Tia, Stephanie and Jen