Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Meet Morwyn Dow (AnotherCountry)

Bead Art Originals welcomes Morwyn Dow! Morwyn is the artist behind the Etsy shop called AnotherCountry, where you'll find quality hand-fashioned objects of art, wearable and otherwise, of singular beauty and unique design.

Morwyn's love of craft began when she was very young. She loved her Barbie doll and taught herself to sew, knit, and crochet when she was only 12 years old so she could make clothes for her. During high school Morwyn took advanced tailoring classes and worked for awhile as a seamstress. She taught herself embroidery and needlepoint, paper arts, and book making. Morwyn then took up wire wrapping, jewelry making, and eventually beadwork about 14 years ago.

She considers herself blessed with the ability to read directions and teach herself just about anything from a book. Even after years of creating art and crafting in a variety of mediums, Morwyn says she learns something new every day.

Morwyn's first craft fair was 12 years ago, and she says she had so much fun that she just couldn't stop. In addition to her Etsy shop, which has been in business for just over two years, Morwyn owns and operates a used bookstore with her life partner, Asa. They share their apartment above the store with two very personable tabby cats.

When asked to describe herself in ten words or less, Morwyn said she is a reader, an explorer, curious, open, happy, chubby, non-musical, obsessive, driven, and friendly. She's traveled extensively, seeing and learning many things; and she says she still has a great deal to see and learn. Morwyn believes that life is a journey filled with amazing teachers at each step, and all that is required is the wit to recognize them.

In addition to AnotherCountry, Morwyn operates a second Etsy shop called DeStashios, where she lists clearance items. You can also visit Morwyn at her personal website, AnotherCountry BeadWorks; at her blog; and on flickr at morwynskya's photostream.

Here's just a sampling of the beautiful creations you can find in Morwyn's Etsy shop:


Melody August 26, 2008 at 8:35 PM  

I've been waiting to read more about Morwyn! Nice article, fabulous artist.

Carol Dean August 26, 2008 at 8:52 PM  

We are blessed to have some amazingly talented AND interesting women in this group! So glad you're with us, Morwyn :D

thebeadedlily August 26, 2008 at 9:30 PM  

Morwyn's cuffs are just fantabulous and I admire her covered work too. I had no idea she was so multi-talented though!

morwyn August 27, 2008 at 11:03 AM  

Thanks, guys! I am just delighted to be part of the BAO, but I have to tell you - when I logged in this morning it was a little jarring to see my face looking back at me. I should have had my coffee FIRST.


Anonymous August 27, 2008 at 11:29 AM  

WooHoo! And a great picture, too!

:-) MaryLou August 28, 2008 at 2:50 PM  

Hee hee. That's why there's no forewarning about these posts... it's just to see if you're all paying attention!

MAKUstudio August 30, 2008 at 1:53 PM  

Nice to meet you Morwyn!!! Your work is beautiful! Very cool that you run a used bookstore too!

Swanee August 30, 2008 at 8:21 PM  

Morwyn, I want to take a moment to tell you how in awe I am of your Georgia O'Keeffe and the Three Bears cuff. As I look at each motif, I can see the care you took in the placement of each bead. Really enjoyed reading more about you on the blog!

Smadar's Treasure August 31, 2008 at 6:15 PM  

I have discovered about Morwyn's work a long time ago through my blog and have been admiring her work ever since. It's nice to know more about her and her work.


Triz Designs September 1, 2008 at 2:15 PM  

great write up! wonderful artist and gorgeous beadwork!!! :-) and really nice to put a face to it all ;-)

Anna September 2, 2008 at 6:20 PM  

Morwyn, I love all your work, but I have to admit your ponies are my favorites!