Artist Profile

Karen Drazen

Medium: Beaded jewelry

Description:  Each piece of jewelry is inspired by my vast collection of beads

Karen Drazen Artist's Statement I've been designing beaded jewelry for over 25 years while raising two amazing sons and heading an extraordinary Montessori school. Now retired, it's my time to immerse myself in my passion: creating wearable art for women's adornment. Over the years I've gathered a diverse collection of striking materials - beads, stones, findings, charms and pendants - originating from all over the world, some hundreds of years old. When I see the potential in an individual component to become part of a greater, more beautiful whole, I know I have to add it to my collection. For me, creating each piece is a new adventure in which the materials come together to create the most surprising and eclectic designs: fancy to funky, elegant to exuberant, aligned to askew. If you're like me, your choice of jewelry changes with the occasion and your mood. What better way to express and celebrate your individuality? As inspiring as the materials themselves are my interactions with the folks who take the time to look at my jewelry and share their enthusiasm and feedback. A particularly exciting challenge for me is to create a custom design based on your needs, whims and tastes. Please feel free to contact me with questions about the jewelry I've made or to create a new design just for you! Karen Drazen

Tour Location: Union Station


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