Artist Profile

Karen Drazen Jewelry

Medium: Beaded jewelry

Description:  Celebrating Women and Girls by designing jewelry in which they feel beautiful

Artist's Statement I've been designing beaded jewelry for over 20 years while raising two amazing sons and heading an extraordinary Montessori school. Now it's my time to sit in front of a south facing window in the beautiful craftsman style house that my husband and I designed and built 34 years ago and 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! 36 Card Street, Willimantic, CT 06226 (860-423-0162) Etsy Shop, Facebook Page (Karen Drazen Jewelry)

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