I am so many different things to many different people, so to call myself
jewelry designer seems to me to disregard so many other facets of me and
therefore my inspirations.
I am a human being, woman, mother, wife, grandmother, sister, daughter,
friend, granddaughter, aunt, niece, teacher, student, beadweaver, jewelry
designer, and fellow planet dweller. I knit, knot and crochet. If you ask my
dogs they will tell you I am the Alpha in the pack. Should you question the
cat he‛ll tell you I am the slave. I am each of these things sometimes; I am a
student every moment.
Divella Delights is the name of my business, a name which comes from the 2
names of my youngest granddaughters Diva and Ella, my primary sources of
I have no specific sources of inspiration or perhaps more correctly I should
say in everything there is reservoir that inspires and most designs come to
me in that space just before sleep. The gems themselves beg to be applied
to a specific design.
My fascination for making jewelry began in 1985 unbeknownst to me when I
took Sumi-e classes, a form of Chinese Brushpainting. From there I was
lured into Pen and Ink, Watercolor, Pastel and Fiber arts. I suppose all that
happened to give me my lessons in color, perspective, and balance since other
than Sumi-e I have had no formal instruction to speak of. Books. I have read
and studied many books.
I earnestly began making jewelry in 2005 when I decided to add some
beaded embellishments to some wool felted bags I was making. From that
day forward I longed for my studio with all my beads and baubles while at my
day job which I eventually left in 2007.
By night, I continue to design and create great hats and bags in a variety of fibers.
I have taught what I have learned in giving lessons in my classroom and in
public venues and continue both learning and teaching today.
"The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we
miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it." by Michelangelo is my
favorite all time quote. I have this large and in view in my studio to remind
me not to be afraid to explore the ‘what would happen if‛ thoughts when I am
" I am a proud member of:
Made in Maine
Artbeads Beads for Blogs TeamMy work can be seen at:
Tardif Jewelers, Waterville, Maine
Studio 5 Gallery, Lewiston, Maine
Magnolia, Bath, Maine
Rise Photography, Portland, Maine
Clothwware in the Square, Cambridge, MA
Fyberworks, Portland, Oregon
Bead and Button Magazine
Revolution, White River Junction, Vermont