Featured Beaded Rope Designer: Ieva Bambale of Shinkabeads

Today, we’re having an interview with Beaded Rope jewelry designer Ieva Bambale of Shinkabeads. Be inspired by her journey to jewelry making!

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1. Tell us about yourself, your location, your job and your goals. I am from Latvia, a country on the shore of the Baltic Sea, between Lithuania and Estonia, I live in its capital Riga, a very beautiful city, especially old town. My basic job and profession is an English teacher and I work as a freelancer at language courses for adults. I love my job as I can be creative there as well as beading my jewelry.

mermaid inspired beaded rope

2. How did you start doing jewelry? It was a rainy summer week in 2011 and I was thinking about something to do. I remembered that I had a few packages of seed beads in my drawer that I had bought a long time ago as they were beautiful for – just in case I might use. That summer was not my first experience with seed beads, I used to make simple bracelets and necklaces for myself from my grandmother’s seed beads when I was in elementary school in 98’/99’. Summer 2011 was like a turning point to take it up seriously, I started with a simple pattern as beaded rope and got addicted to beading. I needed to try out more and more patterns and techniques and it became clear that the more complicated the better feeling to see the result, I wasn’t interested in making so-called 5 big glass bead jewelry.

3. Every artist has a personal “creative process.” Can you explain yours? It’s like a signature. Not only the process for each artist is different but also the jewelry, it is possible to notice differences even of the same patterns that it has been made by different artists because each artist inputs a lot of personal in working style, color choice, emotions (it’s possible to see if the jewelry has been made just because to make or with feelings and it becomes unique), etc. I work in different places, it’s not just a desk at home where I work , it can be in a car while driving, I also very often have two or three just started beading projects and I switch according to my that day’s mood and feelings to work on, then the results turns out the best. It’s very difficult to work on custom orders if you don’t like for example color combination. You have to enjoy what you do.

inspired by drift car
the other side of me – as drift car racer and technical assistant
drift car inspired beaded rope

4. When people start doing jewelry, they tend to try a lot of different
things before settling down to do something that resonates with them.
When and how did you find that you’d like to focus on making beaded ropes?
As I already mentioned I started with as simple pattern as beaded rope. Before I started I searched on the Internet what are the techniques and which one I could start with according to the materials that I had at that moment. I have tried a lot of as simple bead weaving, bead embroidery, just stringing beads and I came up with three techniques that I love to work with and I switch from time to time for a change and they are – bead crocheting especially with Japanese Toho 15/0 and 11/0, bead looming that I use to create our ethnical pattern bracelets and peyote beading technique.

my assistants Simba the cat and Fiji the pug

5. Tell us, has your work changed since you began? Oh, it has changed a lot. I started with simple techniques and Czech seed beads and now I use only Japanese Toho or Delicas and complicated patterns. When I bead crochet I don’t like single color ropes the detailed pattern the better and there are techniques I consider to try out in the future as I love the result I see other artists have made.

me as a teacher
having fun roller skating

6. Can you tell us some jewelry making or design tips? The main thing in everything is to be interested in. There will be obstacles and other difficulties and mistakes but TRY. You can’t imagine how many times I have started over and over again and disassembled jewelry in which I didn’t like something and wasn’t something as I had planned before. Very often in bead packages colors look different than when strung on a thread or you find out there is a mistake in the pattern and you have to solve it halfway. I have created beading tutorials and from my own experience I have learned they have to be detailed with descriptions and pictures in each step so that others who have decided to take up beading don’t quit because at some point it is not clear where to move on. At the end of each tutorial I always write – Dare to play with color combinations and enjoy! Actually I could say -dare to start even if it looks complicated, the joy you get from the finished piece of jewelry you have created on your own is the best accomplishment.

7. Most jewelry designers prefer to spend their free time creating
jewelry. What about you? Do you have other ways or activities that you
spend your free time with? Beading is definitely one of my hobbies it is not a job and my job teaching English is also as a hobby. Somehow it has turned out that in my life I do things I love. Beside all that I prefer spending time walking nature trails, discovering new places. Big role in my life takes car races (drift) and spending time on race tracks as technical assistant for my husband. Late spring and summer I love roller-skating and of course every day walking my dog is a great time to relax from sitting and beading and breathe some fresh air.


My website – http://shinkabeads.jimdo.com
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shinkabeads/481708498521047
My online store – http://www.etsy.com/shop/Shinkabeads
Twitter – http://twitter.com/ShinkaBeads

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