Karen Parker is a local bead artist (and scientist) who has recently been focusing on a series of beaded insect jewelry, although she creates other unique pieces as well.
A self-taught beader, I’ve always been fascinated by off-loom beadwork, where thread and beads can be combined to create something substantial and magical. Inspired by my background in biology and a microscopic view of butterfly wing scales (they look just like beads!), I started a series of beaded butterflies. This has recently expanded to include honeybees, dragonflies and even a kissing bug! (Karen Parker via wizardislanddesigns.com)
Enjoy a sampling of just a few of her beaded jewelry pieces below:
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Where to Find Karen Parker’s Beaded Jewelry
Karen Parker’s beaded jewelry is once again on display and for sale at the Adirondack Art Association in Essex, NY. She also has her work for sale at the Champlain Wine Company in Plattsburgh, NY, and online at Esty.
Karen has written a book that share some of her unique beaded patterns. Check out Brick-Stitching Nature if you want to try beading for yourself!