Ready to pick up your friends and go for a fall drive? Do you love jewelry and one of a kind pieces that are beautiful and affordable? Come meet Kimberly Bosworth from 3105 Locust Road in Decorah and see the artist at work in her studio October 2nd, 3rd and 4th during the Studio Tour. Whatever look you are going for, casual or special, you will have a hard time choosing just ONE favorite to take home.
Kim from Bozi’s Beads artistry evolves around simple, yet elegant original designs using a mixture of bead color combinations, shapes, and textures. She incorporates pendants, semi-precious stones, glass, crystals, freshwater pearls, metal, sea-glass, polymer clay, wood or glass tiles, and natural shells collected from Florida beaches.
The self-taught artist says, “My process is mostly spontaneous with a bit of organization to allow for self-expression while capturing a traditional and contemporary look that is pleasing to the eye. I have experimented with making polymer clay pendants and beads, and I took a fused glass class and a ring making class. Although jewelry making techniques have really exploded into various styles and methods, I tend to keep my interest in more traditional beading while dabbling at times in a little contemporary variation.”
She found her passion about five or six years ago when some of her friends took jewelry making classes and she fell in love with the creativeness of their pieces. Their excitement triggered her own interest in developing a hobby that would give her some relaxation from stress and also produce something worthwhile and later become a business when she retired from her long career in education.
Unfortunately, it didn’t start out well. But she picked herself up again and made a success of it. “I purchased all the tools and some beads but after attempting it on my own and not seeing much success, I gave up, thinking I wasn’t going to be able to use the tools properly or figure it out. In frustration, I gave the supplies to our son and told him to figure it out and make me some jewelry for special occasions. Fortunately, he did just that and then once when he was home from college, he took the time to teach me how to crimp, a must for making jewelry. At first I was a slow learner, but once I tackled the basics and practiced, it became fun. I started making necklace sets and had a lot of fun designing them. The more I made, the more I enjoyed it. Beading became my favorite past time, and I realized that although I never could sew or knit, I could finally do something artistic that gave me a sense of satisfaction,” says the humble artist who gave the hobby another try.
For several years, many have seen Kim at Decorah’s Farmers Market, Studio Tour, or area craft shows like the Decorah Craft show, but many do not know about her giving ways to help the needy. Kim participates in arts and crafts shows and farmers’ markets in St. Augustine, Florida, where the snowbirds spend their winter months.
“In Florida, I have donated the sales from two separate shows to the Homeless Coalition Lunch Program at the Methodist Church in St. Augustine. I enjoy donating to various benefit fundraisers such as the Student Crisis Fundraiser at NICC. One of my favorite experiences is taking my beads to Wellington Place to share with the residents there. The last two years I have displayed my jewelry at the McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts Retail Gallery. I designed and created jewelry for a wedding party and really enjoy customizing jewelry to fit a particular occasion or garment.”
Simply beauty is what Boz’s Beads is all about. Her work is always changing, as she finds and tries new styles and beads. She even has a beaded string to put on your glasses if you are one of those who use their glasses only to read close up. “I really don’t enjoy the complicated, intricate work that goes into some of the more contemporary styles—for me, the complication takes away the fun and relaxation. The traditional beaded jewelry with a little touch of the contemporary seems to fit my own personal jewelry style as well. I love to bead and have a passion for beads,” sums up her explanation of her love of making jewelry that she shares with the world.
To find directions to Bozi’s Beads or find other awesome artists go to the Northeast Iowa Artists’ Tour website. The tour is free of charge and sites are all within 35 miles of Decorah. Workspaces are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all three days, October 2,3, and 4th. Some many artists, so little time--why don't you make a weekend of it?