I saw Bev Creamer, a long time friend of mine from The Honolulu Advertiser and an extraordinary jewelry designer, at a luncheon Hawaii Business Magazine gave for its freelancers yesterday.
Bev has been doing more traveling in recent years and last September, she spent time in Europe.
In the early years of her jewelry making, the multi-talented Bev crafted her own beads from clay. A gifted ceramicist, she opted for bold colors and shapes. The busier she got, as a mother of two daughters, full-time newspaper journalist and volunteer extraordinaire, she found it impossible to make her own beads. So she began collecting.
This year she found Venetian glass in Venice, handmade glass beads in Prague and intriguing antique beads in Vienna. Her favorite treasure trove was in Paris, in the Place Maubert Market (near Notre Dame Cathedral), where vendors bring beautiful beads from all over the world to show in the open market.
Bev has been busy ever since September, madly combining the beads to create unique and eclectic necklaces, earrings and bracelets. Check out her latest work this Saturday, at Magnolia in Kahala Mall.
Bev will be joined by Elizabeth Kent, who repurposes kimono into au courant jackets, scarves and table runners, and Michelle and Sharon Saorit, who create botanical designs.
– Paula Rath