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Friday, November 27, 2009

“Spotlight” on Leinaala Mitchell of Bella Beadjeweled

Leinaala Mitchell makes adornment. Couldn’t think of any other way to say it. These are not “necklaces”, “bracelets”, “earrings” and “rings”. There’s just no way you could put such a simple label on her elaborate bead work. Her pieces bring to mind empresses, goddesses and royalty from far off places in another time and age. Your imagination could run wild conjuring up the images that must inspire her work. Asked about her inspiration she says,” My inspiration comes from everywhere, literally. Nature, dreams, songs.

                                                            Karma Carnelian

She is a self-taught artist who has made things with her hands for many years.

           Isis                                                      Dancing Animal Woman

 “I start my creations with curiosity about an idea, a photograph, shape, color(s), or a focal point. I don't draw any designs. I choose colors, beads and other materials intuitively and allow the piece to unfold itself through me.”

 Her creations, which she calls “Adornment for the Adventurous”, are not what most people would consider “everyday” jewelry. You could easily imagine them on the red carpet or at a gala event or worn by your favorite trendsetting celebrity.

Welcome to the Grammys

Tequila Sunrise

                                                           The Mermaid's Ransom


When asked which is her favorite piece she says it is “the one which I am finishing now and hope to have listed in early December.”

Leinaala says,”I dream of a day when personal adornment and celebration of the body are restored to a sacred place in our lives.”


If you are looking for something truly special and unique, consider the work of Leinaala Mitchell.


Quote of the Day:

"The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes.
If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself
 without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you invest
 in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life."

                                                  -   Frank Lloyd Wright


Leinaala Mitchell said...

Susan, thank you so much for featuring my work. I like the classy, uncluttered look of your blog.

Diana said...

Leinaala's work is so stunning - And I think you're right - adornment for a goddess!