So, first of all let me introduce myself, and tell you what I intend to do with this particular blog page.
I’m Teresa, I’m a beadwork designer, and a bead addict. I live in the beautiful county of Norfolk in the East of England, on mostly low-lying flat lands and big big skies. Norfolk is at the heart of what used to be the territory of the ancient Iceni tribe, known mostly for their queen Boadicea. So now you know why I chose the name.
I mainly work in a small area in my kitchen. I am lucky enough to have a big east-facing bay window which allows plenty of light in for most of the year. I live with my partner Chris, who is an amputee, having lost his leg to diabetes a few years ago. When I’m not working with my beads, I’m often out walking in the countryside, or my local woods. This is about half an acre of ancient woodland, mainly beech, with a smattering of Oak, Horse Chestnut, Sweet Chestnut, Lime, Sycamore and Birch. Shapes and textures within this little haven is a source of inspiration to me, from the bluebells of spring, to snow-covered branches in winter, the browns reds and oranges of autumn and the deep shade in summer. It’s always changing, so there is always something new to discover.
There are other places I like to walk too, down by the river Wensum, where there is an abundance of plant life all year round providing yet more inspiration for my work.
Then of course, there is history. I love the history of this area, especially in the county City of Norwich, with history dating through the Norman castle, back to Anglo Saxon times, and with a hint of Romans passing through, though never settling, and beyond to the bronze age. I like to think that Boadicea may have walked where I’m sitting right now. The reverence for nature and seasons, for the land around them, I can relate to easily, and the art that reflected the times is inspirational in my own work now.
So enough about me. What about this blog?
In the future, I want to go over what I’ve done already, and also show you upcoming designs, works in progress and so on, so do look in now and then. I’d love to hear your comments and feedback too.
I'm Teresa, the designer and writer of the tutorials you see, and a bead addict.