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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.

Awards:

Wilma Magazine Designer of the Year 2016

Caravan Beads Featured Artist 2018

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