Thursday, April 1, 2010

Diva of the Month - Susanne Folin

Can you believe it's April already! That means it's time to meet a new Diva! This month's featured Diva is Susanne Folin of Bab's Beads and Design. Come visit here on the first four Thursday's in April to get to know her better!

Susanne is our only European Diva! Her studio is located in a corner of her basement in Uppsala, Sweden. Uppsala is the fourth largets town in Uppsala and is the home of Swedens oldest university – Uppsala University – that was founded in 1477. The university is the reason Susanne moved there as she was studying economics and other social sciences. She was born in Swedish town called Västerås which is around 1025 years old!

Susanne started lampworking in May of 2007. She took a class and was so grumpy that she couldn't do it at home! After about six weeks, her hubby told her to buy a starter's kit and she did.

Susanne had a hard time describing which bead is her favorite bead to make over and over: "I love making florals of all kinds, fish and turtles. And goddesses. And Santas! (Though mostly for Christmas.) And dotted beads! I also make my Silvered Black beads a lot. I like that such a simple scheme still can be so versatile! And they are very popular at jewelery parties.
I think you can say I just love making beads! LOL!"

She claims she's too into trying new things to work on developing a style of her own. Susanne attributes this to being impatient and loving variety but adds, "But in some beads I think you can see me. It’s mainly in the fish, goddess and turtle beads – styles I love making and have developed my own form for. I think you can tell a Babs fish from another artists fish, but you will have to be the judge of that. "

Susanne loves making clean and smooth designs with colors that work well together.

Join us next Thursday for more with Susanne!

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  1. I'm in love with that Santa bead! Wonderful work, Susanne! Great interview, Holly. :o)

  2. Yay Susanne, great to learn more about you.

    I really like your flower beads a lot

  3. I thought this would come up on Monday. :-D Thanks for the nice comments!

  4. You know I'm in love with your beads!
    I always wanted to ask you how you started lampworking. I'm glad I finally know :-D
    Keep it up!

  5. Beautiful work Susanne. I too love the Santa bead, he is adorable.

  6. Wow, you are my favorite glasbead designer!