I've been building my collection for so many years, twice a year. I can be sitting at my desk in Los Angeles and visualize all of the beads and components in our Guatemala workshop! OK - I have lots of jewelry in the office too. This helps when I want to see how one bead looks with another. Sometimes the opaque beads look just a bit too heavy with the transparent ones.
In order to create my colors for any given season, I carefully watch the ready-to-wear fashion shows. This starts with the NY runway shows...& then Paris, London and Milan. I study the trends. Taking a few trends on, I do my best to match beads with outfits that tell the various stories. Here are some color stories that will evolve into a Fall 2014 beaded collection. We'll also use these color stories to create our fused glass colors for the upcoming season. I can't give away all of my secrets. But for now, let's say it is fun to share these. -ND