I look at my jewelry as a collaboration with artisans from around the world. Most of the beads I use are part of traditions handed down for generations. Today many of the children of those families are choosing more "modern" pursuits and the art of bead making by hand is dying out. Some beads I use are older, drawn from my collection purchased twenty years ago, some 100 to 200 years-old and rare in today's marketplace.
Creating this jewelry grew out of a fascination with exotic lands, which began when my grandmother took me to Morocco (and Europe) as a teenager in the 1950's. In recent years I've traveled to faraway lands as a photographer. See my photography site www.annbrooksphoto.com or photo blog www.annbrooksphoto.wordpress.com. More about the art in my San Rafael • Marin County • California studio at www.annbrooks.net
Jewelry blog: www.annbrooksstudio.wordpress.com
Oh yes, and I was a fine art jeweler with a national reputation from 1994 to 2001. Click http://www.annbrooks.net/jewelry_archives.html to see several pages of my knit wire work and resume from that period.