Bead Dreams 2008 Contest
Category: Finished Jewelry
Sassy Silkies™, hand painted silk beads
||Meet the Designer-Artist
Residing in breathtaking Colorado, Kristal Wick is an award-winning designer and one of 35 worldwide official Swarovski crystal Ambassadors. Kristal's creations have been represented in galleries spanning the globe including Canyon Rd. -Santa Fe, Alaska, Cayman Islands, Italy, Germany and the Virgin Islands.
Kristal was the editor of BeadingDaily.com, and has 2 books, Sassy Silky Savvy and Fabulous Fabric Beads, which has been a best seller in 5 categories on Amazon.com since its release as well as 2 DVDs, Mixed Media: Beaded Bracelets with Fiber Beads, Crystals, Resin and Wire and Mixed Media: Jewelry Making with Handmade Beads, Crystals, Resin, and More!
Her other fashion projects include designing and creating jewelry for the Jimmy Buffet Band backup singers and dancers. Kristal also teaches worldwide and on cruise ships.
Kristal's latest achievements:
She has also appeared on HGTV and the PBS shows, Beads Baubles and Jewels and Quilting Arts. Her designs have been featured in over 29 publications including: Belle Armoire, Lapidary Journal, Stringing, Beadwork, BeadStyle, Crafts Business, Simply Beads, SewNews, Sewing Savvy, Piecework, Step by Step Beads, Crafts Report, Vogue Patterns and Bead Unique.
2010 1st place in the K. Gottfried, Inc. Worldwide Design Contest
2009 3rd place in the K. Gottfried, Inc. Worldwide Design Contest
2009 CHA's Indie Craft Contest
2008 Bead and Button's Bead Dreams competition
2008 Interweave's Bead Star competition
2008 3rd place in the International Design Competition--Washington DC Bead Museum, Celebrating Beads.
During the 2011 Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Kristal shared her talents at the Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' booth, by demonstrating how to combine ICE Resin®, Swarovski crystal and findings to create earrings, pendants and more.
Kristal is available for book signings, workshops, lectures, trunk shows and freelance design.
Please feel free to contact her at www.KristalWick.com.
Kristal Wick Creations was launched in 1995; the Colorado based company is the invention of founder and chief designer Kristal Wick. Inspired by the beauty of the Colorado skies and mountains, Kristal captures this aesthetic in her breathtaking designs incorporating the sparkle of crystals, silk, pearls and other natural materials.
With a 16 year career in Corporate America craving a more creatively fulfilling lifestyle, Kristal woke up one day and questioned ''Is this all there is?'' Shortly after she decided to follow her bliss and take the plunge in 2004, applying her skills full-time to the art, jewelry and fashion world; thus Sassy Silkies™, Kristal's handpainted silk scrolls, were born.
The inspiration for Sassy Silkies™ came when Kristal heard multiple customer comments requesting a lighter weight material design for jewelry, particularly earrings.
After years of heavy ''dangle-earring-abuse,'' earlobes were complaining! So Kristal spent some time in R and P mode (Research and Play) and introduced the elegance of silk to her jewelry line. Within a few months her innovative silk scroll jewelry was born and she is happy to report they weigh next to nothing, are colorful and sacred all rolled up in one unique scroll.
Earlobes rejoice worldwide!
View all of Kristal's designs in the Gallery of Designs.