Linda Lawence, Jewelry

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Kumihimo, (pronounced, Ku-mi-he-mo) is the ancient Japanese art of braiding silk fiber into cords.  As a Kumihimo jewelry artist, I am influenced by the Japanese esthetic of clean simple design, exposing beauty through the simplicity of form   I use traditional Japanese braiding techniques, combined with modern materials to create braided jewelry that is both unique and timeless.    

I work on a Marudai, the traditional Japanese braiding stand.  The repetitive braiding movements, and the sounds of the wooden bobbins hitting against the legs of the stand becomes a form of meditation and focused relaxation.  The challenge of working with such a colorful array of beads, materials and tools is what keeps the creation process interesting. I’m obsessed with color and texture and will often create a bead soup of dozens of different beads to use in a piece of jewelry.  I also enjoy creating ombre effects where one color of bead blends seamlessly into another.

Since I discovered Kumihimo in 2013, I’ve taken six master classes with Adrienne Gaskell, a respected jewelry artist, and in 2015, I traveled to Japan to study fiber braids with Makiko Tada, a respected master teacher of the art, at the Kyoto Institute.  Since that experience I am fascinated with Japanese silk and the wide variety and complexity of braids. 

 I am a member of the International Braiders Society, American Kumihimo Society, the Sonoran Art League and am the founding member of the Phoenix Area Kumihimo Study Group.


Wilma Magazine Designer of the Year 2016

Caravan Beads Featured Artist 2018