Greetings from Adele Wilson,
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you for visiting my website and for your interest in the jewelry that I have
designed and made. I thought you might be interested in my background,
training, experience, and how
I began making jewelry.
mother attended art school, was a professional textile designer, and served as a
graphic artist in the U.S. Army. She became a renowned craftsperson, working
with many forms of media and winning prizes for the quilts that she designed and
made herself. From the time I was a small child, my mother trained me in
the use of color and instilled in me an awareness of the importance of balance
within an art form.
have always loved to express myself through various forms of art. As a
child, I would sit on the floor, drawing and painting for hours at a time.
My mother taught me how to sew, and by the age of eight I was making doll
clothes on the sewing machine, which later evolved into making my own
clothes. I took art classes in school, where I Iearned more about the
color wheel and developed a fascination for experimenting with different color
combinations in my various school projects.
high school, I decided that a career in fine art would not be lucrative enough,
so instead began to concentrate on mathematics. However, I did take
Mechanical Drawing (in a classroom full of boys). My first full-time
employment, in the days before personal computers, was as a Data Reductionist.
I worked for a government contractor in the field of atmospheric physics,
transforming analog data into digital form. Later I had an opportunity to
enter the field of graphic arts by becoming employed by the Federal Reserve
Board as a graphic illustrator. There I hand-plotted economic data into
hand-drawn charts and graphs that were published and used for far-reaching
economic decisions by the Board and other financial institutions.
Several years later I worked for a graphics design firm that contracted with
federal government agencies such as NIH, where I hand-plotted medical and
scientific data into charts for publication.
the advent of personal computers, I immediately took great interest in learning
how to use the available software and soon developed skills in word processing
and desktop publishing. This result was that, during the early 1980s, my
career took a turn into the secretarial field because there was a great need at
that time for secretaries who knew how to use a computer. My interest in
graphics continued, however, eventually evolving into the application of my
knowledge of color toward the development of computer graphics and web
you can see, it is the sum total of my early childhood training, my work with
color within various art forms, plus my graphic arts experience, that I bring to
the world of beaded jewelry.
I Began Making Jewelry
have been employed in various types of offices during my adult life. In
choosing my wardrobes all these years, I have experienced deep frustration in
finding the right jewelry to match the colors of my clothing. I love
necklaces and earrings, but like them to match each other and also to match the
colors that I am wearing.
years ago my friend and I were on vacation in Asheville, North Carolina, where I
was desperately shopping for a necklace and earring set to match a pair of light
bluish green pair of summer pants. However, all the shopping was to no
avail because I just could not find any jewelry to match that color. Just
in the nick of time, my friend stumbled upon a bead store and coaxed me into
it. In that store I found beads of the exact color I had been searching
for! The beads were Amazonite, and I had a necklace and pair of earrings
custom made for me overnight.
that time on, I realized that in order to get the colors I wanted, I would have
to make my own jewelry. I began practicing different beading techniques
and would wear my creations to the office, receiving numerous compliments from
my co-workers. After I was satisfied with the quality and durability of my
own jewelry, I began designing and making it to offer for sale. My
necklace and earring sets are well received at local craft shows and by the
I always put
an immense degree of care into making each piece of jewelry, ensuring that its
design is symmetrical and harmonious by shape, placement, color, and
texture. My years of experience as a professional graphic illustrator,
plotting precise economic and scientific data on graphs for publication, have
trained me to be visually discerning and exacting. I painstakingly choose
each bead to ensure that it will balance and complement the other beads and
enhance the overall design of the piece.
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