Katie is the owner of Bathing Beauties Beads. She found her love of beads at age 9 on a family trip to Arizona and never looked back. In fact on that trip she crafted and sold her first bracelet! She came to Missoula in 1997, discovered Bathing Beauties Beads and knew she was home!
She finds design inspiration everywhere, from hikes, birds and insects, to motion and kinetic energy, solar systems and pulleys. Several artists have influenced her desire to work with textures and depth in each piece. These artists include Dina Ghen, Petah Coyne, and Robberto Cappuci to name a few.
I've had a lot of jobs, but this is seriously my favorite job ever. I love the delicacy of wire-wrapping, silk knotting, bead weaving and embroidery. Sometimes I want to cover every object in sight with beads. And it's fun to research bead history: ask me about medieval rosaries and syncretic religious traditions of Europe's Middle Ages...incroyable!
Owners Notes: What Janet didn't tell you is that she is also one of the best playlist "makers" of our time. She has a gift in matching music to the mood or allowing it to create the mood. If you are looking for a blissful Sunday afternoon you will want to hang with this fine lady at Bathing Beauties Beads!
Jazmine Penelope has a BFA in Visual Art from Vermont’s Bennington College with an emphasis in Ceramics. Jazmine uses many materials and methods to resolve artistic ideas, and has been drawing, sculpting, composing, performing, and making jewelry since she was a child. She is from Missoula, MT.
Owners Notes: What Jazmine left out... she has designed multiple pieces for Bathing Beauties Beads including a tryptic that, in its paint strokes, illustrates the divine femininity in the universe of beads.
Owners Notes: Jodi has a gift that she forgot to mention... she is a leather goddess! She designs beautiful jewelry using upcycled pieces of leather for her company Darlin' LeDoux. Seriously you should check out the beautiful birds she hand cuts... they might just be the perfect adornment to complete that outfit!
I have been beading ever since I can remember. I've always been in love with creating and I can happily say that Bathing Beauties Beads is my dream job. I have lived in Missoula my whole life and recently graduated from the U of M with a bachelors in Psychology and French. Working at BB has enhabced my passion for all things art and my love of Missoula and the great people that live/visit here.
Owners Notes: Have you seen those Nasty Woman earrings floating around town? Yep this Nasty Woman made em' outside of metal stamping and jewelry design Erin also uses her vivacious style to thrift you all under the table!