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Lisa Gastelum

TQB Designs

"The feel of my work, with the strength of the combined metal, has been inspired by my love of nature as well as my travels-- a combination of the colors of earth and hard-edged urban."

Lisa Gastelum first became interested in jewelry and beads when she was 12 years old. Her mother gave her an old necklace that had hundreds of seed beads, and Gastelum promptly took it apart to play with the tiny colors. The artist didn't realize then that this was the beginning of her life of creative expression.

Each of Gastelum's beaded spheres begins with a wooden core that is dyed to match the seed bead exterior. Meticulously hand-weaving each sphere, the artist covers the core entirely with tiny glass seed beads. In addition, Gastelum creates most of the sterling silver components that encircle, run through and top the spheres.

Gastelum developed most her bead weaving techniques 15 years ago and has been perfecting them ever since.. For Lisa Gastelum, it is all about her love of texture and color, and the power of tiny colors coming together to create something larger.

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Selected Exhibitions & Awards
One and Only Show (Group Show), Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA, John Michael Kohler Art Center, 2008 - 2010
Midsummer Festival of the Arts, Sheboygan, WI, John Michael Kohler Art Center, 2009