Friday, September 26, 2008

Meet Dawn Chastain (dawnchastain)

Bead Art Originals welcomes Dawn Chastain! Dawn is the bead artist behind the Etsy store that bears her name, dawnchastain.

When you visit Dawn's Etsy shop you'll see that her banner says "Colorful Everyday," an apt description of Dawn's work. Colorful Everyday is the creative product of a hobby gone wild! Dawn has always enjoyed making things and creating with her own hand, and her beading journey began with simple stringing of seed beads while her two children were at the pool. In her quest to learn more, Dawn read every magazine and book she could find. Eventually, peyote stitch took over and she realized that her boundaries were unlimited. Her peyote stitch pieces are colorful, fun, and whimsical. They're often freeform and are meant to be worn with a light heart.

Dawn is constantly trying new ideas and color combinations. She recently began creating pieces using bead embroidery, and it's quickly become a favorite technique. Dawn frequently uses discarded and unexpected items in her beadwork, as the love of old things and tiny beads inspires her to create beadwork that is wearable with today's lifestyle. Discarded pieces of china, buttons, and broken jewelry have been repurposed, recycled, reinvented and salvated using tiny seed beads of color to create interesting wearable art.

Dawn describes herself as fun, funny, caring, inquisitive, determined, creative, flexible, patient, and flamboyant. She's married to a great guy who encourages her creative endeavors. Together they have two teenagers and a St. Bernard, all sharing an historic home in Georgia.

To see more of Dawn's work, check out her Colorful Everyday blog and her flickr photostream. Here's a sampling of the colorful creations you'll find in Dawn's Etsy shop.


thebeadedlily September 27, 2008 at 7:52 AM  

I love your shard peices Dawn and the cool and airy blues and greens of some of your freeform pieces.

Nice to get a glimpse of you:)

Melody September 27, 2008 at 12:26 PM  

Dawn! I'm glad to read this interview- I adore your work & am happy to get to know the you behind it a bit better.

Triz Designs September 27, 2008 at 1:51 PM  

gorgeous beadwork! I love those broken china beaded pieces!!!! nice to find out more about this great artist!!!

Swanee September 29, 2008 at 9:09 AM  

Dawn's use of broken china has helped me think outside my box. Now I look at everything and think, "how could I include that in beadweaving?"

Anna October 3, 2008 at 9:20 PM  

Dawn, you were one of the first beadweavers I met on Etsy...your work is stunning and inspirational!

Smadar's Treasure October 4, 2008 at 2:29 PM  

Dawn's work is so beautiful! I love her designs and the beautiful color she used in her work. Nice to meet you, Dawn :)