Here's my little shrine to Tarina Tarantino x Kidrobot. Back in 2008, we visited the Kidrobot store in Soho (which, alas, has since closed) - I think the little Zoomies figures in the photo, which I borrowed from my son, come from that visit. I remember seeing fabulous quirky and colorful Kidrobot jewelry in the display case, but I had no idea who Tarina Tarantino was back then. I thought about that jewelry for YEARS after. Actually, I'm still looking for that cute Zoomies necklace that was on display at the time. I guess I've been living under a rock, because I've only recently discovered her work. It makes me cringe a little bit - in retrospect, all of those designs I was making at the time with skulls and flowers probably looked completely derivative. On the other hand, thinking about it now makes me want to start making jewelry again. I put a small order in at Artbeads last week - my first beading supply purchase in several years...
I am an intellectual property lawyer by training and have a background in English Renaissance literature. I love science fiction. I primarily watch Sesame Street these days and find myself humming "Pop Goes the Weasel" at odd moments (guess why). I can happily eat ice cream in the middle of winter when the wind chill is 20 below 0. I have been making beads and designing jewelry since 2007.
2010 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Other Finished Bead Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2010 - Grand Prize, Gold Medal Winner, Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, Metal Clay, Metal Beads, Wirework and Chain Jewelry-Making Contest
2010 - Finalist, Bead Star, Stones, Plastics and Designs with Heart Categories
2009 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay
2009 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Beyond Glass, Handmade Beads and Components
2009 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Arts Awards, Necklace
2009 - Finalist, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Beading Contest, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist, Bead Star, Pearls
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