Every once in a while I like to feature an artist/designer I've found who really inspires me -- and I've found a new one in Darcy Rosner. She is a self proclaimed 'bead junkie' but says of her web site: "If you're looking at this, you know who I am and what I am about! I am a bead junkie, a mom and a grandmother! The children come first!"
But look what she does in addition to momming and grandmothering! I also like to feature unusual things people do with beads, like making necklaces for horses & vases, fan pulls, umbilical bags, pretty hair clips, magic capes, wands, wall hangings, etc. What Darcy does with beads is a brand new one on me! See her web site here: http://www.sweetbananaberry.com/Sweet_Bananaberry/home.html
And if all that isn't enough to amaze you, it looks like she was a key player in an innovative bead fundraising project to provide badly needed funds for folks affected by Hurricane Sandy --
For many years, she has made and sold jewelry to help victims of natural disasters. She started it with others during Katrina, and raised thousands of dollars which were given to the Oprah Angel Network and the Red Cross. They also involve kids and simultaneously teach them to be philanthropic. In the Hurricane Sandy project, some people not only made the beads, they went back to buy their own creation! Darcy's own grandmother's house was swept out to sea during Hurricane Sandy, so this project was a very special labor of love for her.
And in the meantime, only someone who truly loves beads could make things as beautiful as this. Kudos to Darcy and for all those who make art and use art and beads to make a difference!