The Devon Ashley Collection
Inver Grove Heights, MN
I am a Minneapolis native, and have enjoyed working in many different art venues during my lifetime, ranging from being a professional musician to oil painter, to my current obsession, jewelry. I find that the colors and textures of beads mixed with unusual gemstones are endlessly interesting.
I enjoy working with the rich textures and colors of bead embroidery, combined with embossed leather and unusual gemstones and fossils. I have a background as a painter, so I usually first paint my designs onto beading foundation, then create a beadwork bezel for the focal item. Then I will embroider the design -- many of my pieces have 5000 or more individually stitched glass seed beads. Recently I have been accenting my beadwork with embossed leather, which also provides a beautiful backing.