Artist Interview with Rejetta Sellers

Happy Saturday, all!  I don’t usually do Saturday posts, the brief for which is fairly open. So, I decided that today I’d put together an interview with one of my favourite designers and beady friends.  Many of you will be familiar with Rejetta Sellers’s wonderful work – her fabulously detailed and dinky polymer beads and her gorgeous jewellery designs, which regularly appear in Stringing magazine.  I’m always impressed by (and a little envious of) the way she brings together diverse elements, the ingenious methods of combining and connecting, and the harmony and balance she achieves in each piece. And her polymer beads are amongst my very favourites. She sells both in her Etsy shop.  So, anyway, over to Rejetta….

How did you get into beading and what was the first piece of
jewellery you made?

I have always loved making things with my hands:
cross-stitch, historic costumes, scrapbooking, etc. One day I spent extra time
looking at everything my local craft store sold. There were some pretty beads
on sale; lovely ball beads made up of maroon crystals. I strung them on a
beading chain and my mother took the necklace off my neck and said I couldn’t
have it back. Of course, I had to go buy more beads to make another one and I
just never stopped buying beads.
What led you to start making polymer clay beads?

I found out I am a microcosm person. I like the
tiny details in the world. With polymer clay I can manipulate, twist and sculpt
on a tiny scale. And the biggest benefit with two young children is being able
to leave a project, come back later, and it hasn’t dried out or become

Do you have a favourite piece or pieces, be it jewellery or
Details, details, details…I love my more
detailed woodland animal beads that I make. In other bead artists I love the
artful details, whether it is a crackle finish, texture, intriguing color combinations,
or the shape of the bead.
For jewelry I am all over the place. I like
every type of jewelry I see. I am mostly drawn to rustic, organic, free flowing
designs. I enjoy jewelry designers who create with passion in their work. It is
all such eye candy. I might challenge myself to venture into minimalist,
romantic, Goth, phrase jewelry or bead weaving but I usually feel most
comfortable stringing with beads, fiber and chain.
Do you have a favourite bead artist, and is there a
jewellery designer who has particularly influenced your work?
I keep accumulating favourite bead artists
and jewelry designers. I guess it is my thirst for unique pieces for my own
work. For polymer beads it is Christi Friesen. She captured my attention with
her techniques. She wasn’t doing polymer clay like I had seen before: caning,
using molds, applying paint. She mixed the colors she wanted with the polymer
and shaped it all by hand. And that is how I do my polymer pieces, too.
I wouldn’t even know where to start with a
jewelry designer that is a favourite. 
Each artist is different in design and materials used. I learn something
new every time I look at other artist’s work. A few favourites: Slash Knots for
a lovely boho style, Lorelei Eurto for her fearless use of colors and texture,
Sparrow Salvage and My Selvaged Life for the post apocalyptic style that I am
crazy about right now, Quisam for the feminine grunge look, and the romantic style
is Tied Up Memories. The list really could go on and on…
Do you tend to plan your designs in your head or do you
arrive at them by playing around with what you have in your stash?
I am very open to how I plan a jewelry design.
Sometimes a design comes to mind and I dig through my beads to make it. I do a
lot of sketches when I am travelling or can’t get to my stash of beads right
away. But most of the time I will open my containers of beads and create a
piece around one artisan bead.
What is your workspace like? 
I have seen other artist work spaces and mine is just
as messy as the next persons! Sometimes ideas come so fast for a design, I may
has 2-3(or more) jewelry designs in progress at any moment, a laptop fitted in
there somewhere, new artisan beads that have arrived that are not put away yet,
several blobs of polymer clay either left over from a project or halfway
through a new design, and most wonderfully, my kid’s art work. And in amongst
what others see as chaos I see a world of jewelry potential.

What is your favourite aspect of working with art beads?

Art beads are art. I am holding a tiny (remember
I LOVE tiny) masterpiece in my hand. Some of my art beads have me so under
their spell I don’t want to create with for fear I’ll have to let it go. Some
whisper in my ear what jewelry design they want to become. And that whisper and
need to horde happens to every person who buys an art bead. They are a
fingerprint of the artist’s personality.

I really enjoyed finding out more about Rejetta’s work and inspiration.  In very good news, this collection of winter-y lovelies are headed to Rejetta’s shop today, Saturday, 15th November at 10am CST.  To keep up to date with all her latest designs and shop updates, be sure to follow her Facebook page.
Bye for now, Claire

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3 Comment

  1. Jettabug
    November 15, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    You are so awesome Claire!! Thank you so much for asking me for an interview. All those years ago buying a handful of beads, I never imagined everything that has come afterwards!

  2. Katherine Thompson
    November 16, 2014 at 4:47 am

    I love that an art bead gives me something to design around or that it fits a challenge. That is from a bought bead. Turn it around and I love that a challenge gives me an inspiration to create a bead and move beyond myself creatively.

  3. Rebecca
    November 18, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    What a great interview – I love finding out about other artists. I am amazed that your process is entirely by hand Jetta, WOW! Really fantastic. And of course, I love the behind the scenes pics especially, being a little nosy! 😉

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