Our Beaded Past is the project of Robin Gower, craftswoman extraordinaire. In a fruitful life, Robin has worked as a London barmaid, a professor of History and an attorney. Along the way, she has produced a profusion of knitted garments; handspun yarn; elaborate pieces of needlework; fine silver jewelry, hand bound books and endless quantities of rich and scented soaps. She has also produced four fabulously successful daughters, all of whom contribute some part of their talents to Our Beaded Past.
Now Robin has found her most enthralling creative outlet in bead embroidery and bead weaving. She learned her craft from Jean Suleski and the staff of Bead Dazzle in Point Pleasant, New Jersey and from the voracious consumption of books, magazines and websites of the Masters.
Robin is the sole designer and fabricator at Our Beaded Past.
Meticulously handcrafted jewelry and personal embellishments inspired by the stories, styles and materials of a more opulent past.
Each piece, whether necklace, collar, bracelet, earring or bag, is completely unique. Our designs feature Czech and Japanese glass, Austrian crystals, freshwater and crystal pearls, shells and other natural materials paired with quality fittings in wide range of coordinated metals.Our inspiration often comes from Regency, Victorian and Edwardian England, from the Courts of Bourbon France and Romanov Russia. The stylized designs of Celtic, Viking and Egyptian artisans are reinterpreted in our stunning neckpieces.
We draw colors and textures from the natural world, and incorporate them into graceful and often witty forms of flowers, gardens and sea creatures.
Our one of a kind pieces are sold via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact us there to inquire about the availability of pieces or about new work. Every piece is unique and never repeated.