Jodi Gregory

A Belly Dancer
Meet the Designer-Artist

Where do you live?
Brunswick, Georgia

What inspires you as a designer-artist?
My inspiration is drawn from a few sources. As a tribal fusion belly dancer, most of my inspiration is drawn from my love of the aesthetic of tribal fusion. I am also inspired by Art Nouveau artists, in particularly Alphonse Mucha. However, sometimes I come across a unique object that just draws me in and demands I make it the star of a necklace or bracelet.

What medium do you work with mostly?
My work to this point has been solely bead embroidery.

Why did you become enchanted with this style of jewelry-making?
A few years ago I was in a fabric shop looking for fabric and adornments for a belly dance costume when I passed by the bead section and saw I copy of Sherry Serafini's book "Sensational Bead Embroidery." I picked it up, and I was blown away by her creations. I just had to try it. I purchased the book, ordered some beads, and went to work. I have been hooked ever since, and it has added a new dimension to my belly dance costume design and creation.

Where and How do you sell your jewelry?
Because my pieces are uniquely designed and very personal, I sell my pieces through word of mouth only.

What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
A Belly Dancer

What inspired this design?
My beloved dance teacher and friend was the inspiration for this collar. In addition to the cabochons and glass beads, it contains symbolic tribal fusion belly dance items, such as the cowrie shells, mirrors, and Turkomen pieces.

How did it come together?
My designs never finish as they are first laid out; they are always evolving from the original concept. I love how that happens.