LEILA MARTIN: BELLA BEADS
I am a highly creative person and I love to dabble in many forms of arts and crafts. I have been blessed to have been raised in a creative environment. Someone was always drawing, painting, quilting, sewing, crocheting, or turning junk into art. I had patient parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles who taught me as they created.
I primarily work with beads and making jewelry, but I also enjoy drawing, quilting, sewing, crocheting, wireworking, precious metal clay, and metalsmithing. My favorite technique changes often because I make each piece unique and my work is always morphing into something new.
Currently I am in love with bead embroidery process and incorporating Shibori silk ribbon, glass seed beads, pearls, crystals and vintage glass cabochons into my work.
Having owned and operated Bella Beads in Marquette for almost 10 years, it afforded me the opportunity to be in a creative environment on a daily basis. During that time I was able to take classes around the country from world famous jewelry artists and sharpen my jewelry making skills.
Some of my designs have been published. One piece, a red necklace that was crocheted, was featured in chapter 14 and the back cover of the book “Bead Crochet Basics & Beyond” by Candace Sexton.