Diane Jolie, Senior Associate Editor, Bead&Button magazine

I started my beading obsession in 2003. At the time I was working at Kalmbach Publishing for Birders’ World magazine, which was a birdwatching magazine. It was my second bird-related magazine, having worked for Ducks Unlimited in Memphis, TN, prior to that. After ten years of bird-related editing, I was ready for a change. Armed with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on those colorful beads. I worked at Bead&Button magazine for two years then left to head Metroparent magazine. After 15 years of editing magazines on birds, beads, and babies, I stepped down from publishing to raise my children. Now that I’m back to beading, my favorite technique remains bead weaving, since it is the most open-ended technique. 


When I’m not beading, I have my toes in the sand or fingers in spring-fed water, reaching for rocks. I’m a founding member of the North American Nature Photography Association and love to paint and sculpt with various mediums. I live with my husband and two children along with our Great Doberhuahua (Great Pyrenees-Doberman-Chihuahua mix), but pine for another basenji. 
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