Selina De Haan
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There are thousands of beads and many ways to bring them together. When I make things, I am choosing a method and an order out of infinity. Working in beads is like breathing—it’s a repetitive motion and it becomes a meditation. The end result is a pattern and a structure as well as a sense of renewal. My work is the result of my thoughts and emotions. Because making jewelry is a way for me to cope with everyday life, it represents an escape. When I am working my regular job for the day, I am thinking about design and color, always wishing I was with my beads. My pieces are more than just an ornamentation. They directly represent a hope, a dream, a problem, a solution. Inspiration comes from all around me. It is what I see in nature, on the street, in books, magazines and television. Faces aren’t as noticeable as much as necks, wrists and earlobes. What is hanging on them and how was it made? I may make a variation on a design or try different components and end up with something quite apart from the original. What if I made this bigger or smaller, wide or narrow, wavy or straight, contrasting or neutral? Will it be appealing to others? Admittedly, sometimes I am so curious to find out how a piece turns out I will throw that last question out the window and just go with my instinct.
Selina De Haan is a life-long resident of southern Wisconsin. Throughout the many incarnations of a student, worker, farmer and gardener, she has tried to dedicate herself to a life of making things. As well as beading, she also enjoys painting, drawing, metalwork, nature, music, good literature and positive reflection.