June Artist – Carol Pacileo

This month, we welcome Carol Pacileo, and her variety of fun and fancy contemporary beaded jewellery designs to Motion Gallery, in her first gallery show.Using combinations of silver, copper and handmade polymer beads, her works are durable, beautiful, and totally unique. You won’t find them anywhere else.

 

Carol grew up in Calgary, admitting she was a tomboy with no flare for creativity as a child, and was far more interested in music. It was many years later that she discovered her knack for crafting jewellery. To this day, she shows no sign of having a princess complex and tells us, “I’m a steel girl; I have worked in the steel industry for 35 years”.

 

Having taken a course in soldering metals for jewellery through ACAD back in 2005, to this day, Carol is still actively attending weekend classes through ACAD, constantly wanting to learn new beading techniques and looking forward to learning more metal work to create jewellery from metal pieces in order to develop her line.

 

After trying to make glass beads, Carol lets us in on a little secret, telling us that translucent clays can look like glass, depending on the coating applied. Another reason she prefers clay beading is that this method does not take up a lot of space in her home.

 

It was out of curiosity that Carol took up bead work, finding the materials so readily available, she thought she would give it a shot. The school of YouTube then gave her the essential skills she required to learn the basic methods.

 

She is hugely inspired through experimenting, by working with different clays and seeing how different some beads can look, it is this that pushes her to want to try new techniques and styles.

 

Carol makes each bead by hand, mixing the polymer clay, and adding different colours to the clays. She then shapes the beads and fires them in her home toaster oven for 45 mins. Once the beads are fired, she polishes each bead individually, and then coats them with varnish. The whole process of making a selection of beads takes her a week to prepare. A day or two later she has her necklaces and bracelets assembled.

 

Carol tells us there are challenges working with wire, and jump rings that constantly move, and cannot be held properly but all her efforts are worth it in the end. She has created dozens of earrings, and beaded necklaces with her unique beads, as well as a large variety of Viking knit chain bracelets, and jump rings coated in copper.

 

Carol Pacileo - Beaded Necklace

Carol Pacileo - Beaded Necklace

Carol Pacileo - Beaded Necklace

Carol Pacileo - Beaded Necklace

Carol Pacileo - Beaded Necklace

Carol Pacileo - Beaded Necklace

Carol Pacileo - Bracelet

Carol Pacileo - Earrings

Carol Pacileo - Earrings

Carol Pacileo - Earrings

Carol Pacileo - Earrings

Carol Pacileo - Earrings

Carol Pacileo - Earrings

Carol Pacileo - Earrings

Carol Pacileo - Beaded Bracelet

Carol Pacileo - Beaded Bracelet

Carol Pacileo - Beaded Bracelet

Carol Pacileo - Beaded Bracelet

Carol Pacileo - Beaded Bracelet

Carol Pacileo - Beaded Bracelet

Carol Pacileo - Beaded Bracelet

Carol Pacileo - Beaded Bracelet

Carol Pacileo - Beaded Bracelet

Carol Pacileo - Beaded Bracelet

Carol Pacileo - Beaded Bracelet

Carol Pacileo - Beaded Bracelet


 

Carol’s collection is for anyone looking for jewellery with an artistic flare. To see her bright and colourful works, and to meet Carol herself, make sure to visit us in June and come out to our opening reception on Saturday, June 11, 2016.

 

Written by Sandra Montgomery

Edited by Renee Laferriere