My grandparents first opened my eyes to the art and beauty in nature when I was a child. I loved to work beside them as they explored many different forms of artistic expression, from gardening and painting to mosaic, sculpting, and stained glass. Over the years, they have continued to be my greatest source of inspiration.
My passion for beading began one day while I was 'making jewelry' with my three young daughters.
I discovered how to attach a clasp, and a love affair was sparked! I started taking classes at local beading stores and couldn't stop practicing my newfound skills.
Soon, I was dreaming about beads and patterns that I would make into jewelry. With beads, I found yet another artful way to express the beauty I found in nature and in my imagination. In February of 2005, I launched Dragonfly Designs.
I feel immense gratitude for the abundance in my life and for the opportunities I have been given. I also feel a personal responsibility as a global citizen to give something back to the community, which is why I am choosing to bring our programs to women and children in need. Dragonfly Designs partners with organizations that work to improve the human condition (especially for women and children), promote equality, and protect the environment.
The great loves of my life are chilren, laughter, family, friends, travel, nature, and, of course, beads. All of these passions are now embodied in the inspiration that is Dragonfly Designs. I hope you receive as much joy from wearing my jewelry or taking our classes as we do in providing them for you.
~ Stacee Gillelen