This week we are featuring Shereen of Gemma Unicornis! Shereen makes beautiful jewelry using age-old techniques of weaving and stitching, as well as lovely wore work! Check out her story:
“I’ve always been a creative person. Over the years I’ve developed several hobbies from embroidery, counted cross-stitch, making doll clothing, a horribly short career in trying to make my own tree house, sewing stuffed animals, making my own renaissance garb & cosplay outfits, painting, drawing, sculpting, and using ALL of the above in my love of making jewelry. I’m pretty much attracted to all things shiny and am constantly looking for new techniques and coming up with different color palettes and ideas.
In the past 5 years, people started commenting more and more on my work as I moved from simple stringing to elaborate hand sewn bead work and polymer clay sculpture. I started taking classes at a local bead shop and I started getting inquiries about when I would start teaching or selling my work. After winning a few local bead contests, I finally got my courage up to actually try running a store. Now, with the help of my loving husband, we are trying to get Gemma Unicornis up and running.
Most of the jewelry that I make involves intricate seed bead work that I do off loom with just a needle and some thread. Some of the pieces can take up to 40 hours to finish. I use sterling silver, gold fill, seed beads, natural gem stones, fabric, and Swarovski crystals in most of my pieces. A lot of the time I take my work with me when I travel, because I don’t like having idle hands. You can frequently find me working on a new project at local bead stores in Delaware. My pieces usually aren’t worked on at the house because I have a very affectionate cat who LOVES thread.”