jan mancey art & design

Fine Art Beadwork Photo Gallery

The Fine Art Beadwork that I create is highly labour intensive and meditative, requiring many hours to individually sew each bead and component into a one of a kind work of art; each piece is truly a labour of love.  I am inspired by the nature that surrounds my home -- water, light, sky, and forests' myriad patterns, textures, and colours.  The joys and challenges of life and the human experience are also explored in my work.

My extensive collection of beads and objects find their way into my beadwork.  These treasures include, but are not limited to:  semi-precious stones from all corners of the earth; fairly traded hand-made sterling silver from Bali and the Karen Hill Tribes; Swarovski (r) crystals; antiques from Europe (as well as vintage); organic gems such as amber and mother of pearl; and findings from nature.

While not actively pursuing publication or exhibition of my work at this time, in the past, my work has been published in Kalmbach Publishing's "Bead & Button Magazine",  Interweave Press' "Beadwork Magazine",  and the cover of "Cahoots" magazine.  Her beadwork pieces have won awards at juried art shows, both in amatuer and professional categories. All of the pieces shown here reside in private collections.


"Treasures"

"Treasures"

"Passion"

"Passion"

"Passings"

"Passings"

"Mothers' Love"

"Mothers' Love"

"Beauty and Strength"

"Beauty and Strength"

"Beginnings"

"Beginnings"

"Golden"

"Golden"

"Elements"

"Elements"

"Earth Mother"

"Earth Mother"

"Earth Mother" detail

"Earth Mother" detail
"Final Farewells" 
[3-dimentional, stuffed with good wishes written onto small papers]
"Final Farewells"
[3-dimentional, stuffed with good wishes written onto small papers]