Applicable art was easier to justify when figuring out school as a young adult. Interior design training and application helped me with acceptance of my talent and the ability to showcase my work with confidence. Then the hard part, pouring my talent into fine art and being OK with beauty as its own function. Then let the world deep inside to see my loves and passions right out there. To allow for critique and praise both, knowing that I need them to support and encourage me every day to continue trying and learning. What a glorious feeling when you realize you know so much about one thing (my medium) yet there is still so much more to learn. So many more ways to stretch your imagination and push it beyond its own known bounds. My blessings have been many but my greatest is realizing that with life comes the seasons that bring experience and that experience creates my life. Both the good and bad when embraced together create my story and my passions.
As an artist, I allow myself to go down the rabbit hole and be vulnerable to the art itself without fear or trepidation. When I explore new subjects, different mediums or untried techniques, my approach is enthusiastic and spontaneous with wonderment and curiosity for the unfamiliar.
My style is my own and my bead techniques are self taught in my studio in Charlotte, North Carolina which I share with my husband, two sons and two dogs. Until recently I was also a professor of Interior Architecture at UNC in Greensboro, NC. A few of my favorite things include traveling, exploring nature and meeting new people. As a wife, a mother, a friend, and educator my life keeps me balanced and constantly brings my work different perspectives and new ideas.
Pieces are planned out but I also allow the materials to take over and highly influence the final outcome. Piece by piece they are built and realized, allowing me to embrace the process as much if not more than the final piece. There are approximately 256 beads per square inch, an average 16"x24" piece can contain approximately 98,308 small seed beads. The number will vary based on the size and shape of the bead.
Ideas are sketched out and transferred to the canvas but I let the beads dictate the color and texture scheme. Using the various cuts, styles, lengths and shades to their best advantage I allow the beads to create the color flow and brilliance of each piece. By incorporating other materials I can create dividers and textural differences that allow people to close their eyes and still see the image through touch. My goal is to make the image not simply beautiful but immersive and tactile as well.
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"Recently Sabrina Frey posted a short video showing her process for her beautiful bead art on Seed Beads and More. I was intrigued and checked out her web site and was amazed at her talent and artistry. I saw on her web site that she offers lessons and I got in touch with her. Since I have been limited in my beading lately due to flare-ups of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, I thought maybe this could be an interesting technique for me that wouldn't require me to hold a small needle so tightly.
We conducted a learning session over Skype and I am thoroughly taken with the possibilities of this style of bead art. I found Sabrina to be a warm and caring instructor and she was so generous with her knowledge and tips. Thank you so much Sabrina! If you're intrigued by other uses for your bead stash beside jewelry making and bead weaving or if you just want to see some gorgeous pieces, I encourage you to check out her site. "
Loretta Stilwell, CA