General Meeting (September 23, 2014)

"My Approach to Design: How my cultural heritage, background in apparel design and love for the arts influence and inspire my beaded jewelry". 

As a child growing up in India, colorful clothing, henna on my hands, very ornate gold and silver jewelry, and food made with a complex combination of spices were an integral part of my life. My mother taught me to sew, embroider, crochet, and make colorful flower garlands at a very young age. Later on at Parsons, The New School for Design, New York, I enjoyed designing with traditional Asian patterns and materials. For the first time, I was introduced to Western and European designs in apparel and jewelry. Simply put, I loved that too! 

As I design my beaded jewelry, I use elements from my cultural heritage and what is currently in fashion. My inspiration comes from traditional swirling paisleys of henna designs, and what is being shown on the fashion runways in New York, Paris, and Italy to mention a few. 

I would like to share with all of you how I use my inspiration from various sources and create beaded jewelry that appeals to a variety of people.

Traveling Library Display!

Fairy tales, nursery rhymes and children's stories inspired the display this year and all of the pieces were made by Portland Bead Society members.

The display will run through the end of February 2015 and will be found in Hillsdale, Wilsonville, Tigard, Vancouver, and Hillsboro.

For more specific information, please visit our Travelling Library Show page.


Please make a note that due to Multnomah Arts Center scheduling that the October General Meeting will be held on the 3rd Tuesday (October 21) instead of the 4th Tuesday.


We are happy to announce that we are now on Twitter!  You can follow us at @PDXBeadSociety. We will be tweeting to the world soon!