Be it medieval, myth or magic, all roads lead to jewelry
I majored in music my freshman year in college and joined a troupe of Madrigal singers for extra credit. One look at those costumes and I could think of nothing but the jewelry needed to complete the ensemble. Imagine small town Midwest in the early ‘80s, and the availability of medieval-inspired jewelry. Right – nonexistent! That is, until one of the women in the troupe brought in a shoebox filled with cast off necklaces, broken brooches, clip-on earrings, pearls, lace, and ribbons. After embarking upon some research, I set about sewing, stringing, wiring and gluing bits and bobs together to make a jewelry wardrobe that was a fair representation of the historic period.
Over the years, my passion for jewelry has only grown and has included many wonderful years working on Bead&Button, Wirework and BeadStyle magazines. When Kalmbach Books Editor, Dianne Wheeler, approached me about a book idea featuring medieval and fantasy jewelry, I was delighted. I’ve always had a predilection for whimsical and fanciful baubles, bones and crystals and this was an opportunity to demonstrate a variety of techniques and encourage others to incorporate myth and magic in their jewelry. The end result is Dragons, Crystals & Chainmaille designed to inspire you to be bold and create that which you see in your mind’s eye.