Saturday, August 30, 2008

Meet Anna Neff (arosebyname)

Bead Art Originals welcomes Anna Neff! Anna's Etsy shop, where she sells original beadwoven art pieces (both jewelry and home decor), is called ARoseByName. Her shop name is a tribute to both the Shakespeare quote and her mother, who was her biggest supporter and salesperson.

Anna is an artist, a wife, and the mother of two teenage daughters with whom she first began beading over a decade ago.
Through the years, the beads have gotten smaller and the designs more intricate; and although her daughters no longer bead, they do enjoy wearing their mother's creations.

In addition to running her Etsy shop, Anna works at a donut shop in the "real world." Inspired by nature - the ocean, water, and sky - she enjoys beading and finds it to be good therapy for stress.

Anna and one of her daughters recently paid tribute to her mother and her mother-in-law by participating in the annual walk/run for OROC (OutRun Ovarian Cancer). OROC's goal is to raise awareness about the disease and to help researchers develop an early detection test.

If you subscribe to Step-by-Step Beads, or if you happened to pick up the July/August issue in your local store or newsstand, you would have seen Anna's Geometric Gemtones even-count peyote bracelet featured in the magazine.

Check out Anna's blog, A Rose By Name, and her flickr photostream to see more of her work. You're also invited to visit Anna's Etsy shop, A Rose By Name, to see her current listings. Here's a sampling of the lovely pieces you'll find there.


MAKUstudio August 30, 2008 at 7:57 PM  

So nice to meet you Anna. So sorry to hear about your mom. Congrats on your feature in Step-by-Step Beads!!!

Melody August 30, 2008 at 8:24 PM  

Lovely feature about a very talented artist! Anna is very supportive of other artists and helped me an awful lot when I was new to etsy. I'll never forget it. :-)

thebeadedlily August 30, 2008 at 8:32 PM  

Anna's a sweetheart for sure and love the elegance of her work!

Carol Dean August 31, 2008 at 12:26 AM  

Anna is as sweet and lovely as the name of her shop would suggest. Her innate modesty belies this beadweaver's immense talent!

morwyn August 31, 2008 at 11:24 AM  

Anna's color sense is delightful - I love surfing her shop at Etsy.

Smadar's Treasure August 31, 2008 at 6:11 PM  

I love Anna's beautiful work! The colors she uses and her elegant designs are great. And I feel the same about beading being a good therapy ;)


Swanee September 1, 2008 at 8:01 AM  

Anna, not only are you a wonderful beadweaver, you are also a great Mom for going back to work to help pay for school expenses for your daughters.

Anna September 2, 2008 at 6:16 PM  

Thanks so much ladies! Your beautiful comments brought tears to my eyes! I love this group!