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Design Gallery Feature: Arja A

Posted by Steve on February 23 at 09:51 am
Arja and Rapsu

Arja and Rapsu

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been 8 months since we launched the Design Gallery at Lima Beads. The creativity you have all shown is truly astounding! It’s always fascinating to get a glimpse into the mind of a designer, and I was lucky enough to talk with our customer Arja A yesterday about some of the work she’s been designing lately. That’s her on the right, with her dog Rapsu in a red helmet designed and made by Arja herself.

Arja has been beading for only about 8 months, and she’s made quite an assortment of wonderful pieces! I personally love the series she posted that was inspired by a “found” piece of metal she brought home from work.

From "found" to finished

From "found" to finished

Arja collageArja has recently been working with leather, and she told me that she’s interested in working with resin but hasn’t been able to try it yet. Here’s a piece she sent me that she’s still working on (she’s trying to make it less shiny–any ideas?):

Arja's Unfinished Piece

… and here’s her first Full Persian Chain Maille project:

Arja's Full Persian Chain Maille

I asked Arja to tell me a little more about her background. Here’s a note from her, translated from Finnish to English by her daughter.

I’m an emerging jeweler from Tampere, Finland – where I live, work and play with my wonderful supportive husband, two lively Jack Russels and a warmhearted, yet timid cat. Our only daughter Tanja has left the coop years ago, and now lives down under in Sydney, Australia.

During office hours I function as a production developer in the technical textile industry. However, any freetime available has always been consumed by a wide range of creative projects, and I have always been very crafty person dappling in every possible medium from fabrics to wood, glass and metal works.The alluring world of jewelry consumed me less than a year ago, after injuring my hand and not being able to tackle any of my usual bulkier projects. Making jewelry as a hobby has proved an invaluable source of relaxation to balance off a career that can be stressful at times.

I prefer working with silver, bronze and copper clay, Tiffany and fused glass as well as experiment with wireworks, chainmaille, wrapped and coiled techniques. I have also occasionally used gemstones and pearls in some of my creations. Recycling and salvaging readymade objects, as well as fusing unusual materials together into unlikely compositions seems to be forming as my signature.

I am only at the very beginning of a long and enchanting road ahead of me, and there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to act out all the inspirations that keep bubbling up!

You can see all of Arja’s pieces in our gallery here. To see more inspiring work from designers from around the world, check out the Design Gallery!

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  1. doktordesigns
    doktordesigns says:

    What a lovely article! Arja’s work has been amazing us lately–it’s so much fun to read more about her and her process! Thanks for a great feature, Steve. :)

  2. KittyMom Linda
    KittyMom Linda says:

    Wonderful article. Congrats to ArTja, can’t think of a more deserving person. Amazing talent. Steve, thanks for featuring her for us.

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    Wow! This is wonderful. I am so happy that Arja has found Lima Beads.
    Arja is a very gifted and talented artist. She is also a very shy person about accepting and realizing how much she has to share with the world. I am fortunate to be able to call this fine lady friend.

    I wish to say thank you for allowing so many talented gifted women and gentlemen to be able to share their talents and creations with the world. There are not a lot of places where the average person can begin to shine as they can at Lima Beads website. Thank you again Lima Beads.

    And thank you for sharing your talent with all of us here Arja, my friend. Sincerely Miss Faith in Florida, USA.

  4. Green Eyed Lady Chick
    Green Eyed Lady Chick says:

    Great article Steve! Arja is an astounding artist she has a talent that knows no boundries and excels
    in any media she takes on! Arja you are a master! Congratulations.

  5. Shanti P
    Shanti P says:

    It’s great of Lima Beads to feature Arja’s work. Her creations are so unique and I couldn’t resist her Fish/Reindeer bracelet. I bought it!

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    This is so exciting! A wonderful article to spot light “one of our own”! A phenomenal artist with a creative mind that continually keeps me in awe.
    And we’ll all get to say we knew her when……! :-D
    Congratulation Arja!!

  7. Chippy Chick aka Lindys
    Chippy Chick aka Lindys says:

    Wonderful article Steve! Arja certainly has a talent none can match! Her designs are always very and unusual! It’s always a treat to see her new designs!

  8. Cj w aka Slacker Chick
    Cj w aka Slacker Chick says:

    Congrats Arja! You do have a wonderful and unique style, very inspiring. Please continue to visit LB and to grow in your work. Maybe it’s time to submit to a couple of magazines. Have fun and enjoy your creativity.

  9. Atomic Toad
    Atomic Toad says:

    I am happy to learn more about one of my favorite Design Gallery artists! Nice job on featuring her work in the blog.

  10. ChickyD aka Debra
    ChickyD aka Debra says:

    Wonderful article! Thank you for featuring Arja. Her works of art are amazing, and she is an inspiration to all.

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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    Congrats Arja!!!! You do a wonderful job!!!!

  12. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    Great article Steve, on a wonderful fellow artist here on LB. I love Arja’s work, it’s so unique and creative! :D

  13. Harmony on Strings
    Harmony on Strings says:

    How exciting to turn on the computer and find this nice article on Arja. Her work is phenomenal. A unique and wonderful talent.

  14. Arja A
    Arja A says:

    Don’t know how to find right words in english….
    Thank You all.
    Thank You Steve :)

  15. Chicky Suz aka Susan Z
    Chicky Suz aka Susan Z says:

    Steve, Excellent article, I am a huge fan of Arja’s work and how she creates it. She submitted a pic of her ” coil machine” on one of her designs, AMAZING!!! Fascinating! Keep up the good work Arja, as always, it is woderful, unique and totally rockin’ cool!

  16. grama rose aka stormy
    grama rose aka stormy says:

    Congradtulations to a wonderful person and a great mind! you are so fabulos in youe work and designs I am always amazed at the new things you come up with in your creations…I am proud to be able to say that I have boughten a piece of your lovey artwork and will cherish it always…so glad to have had contact with you and your lovely work here at LB and it is so wonderful that the staff has done such a great job of sowecaseing you and your work..YFIB Deb

    KPJEWELS says:

    Wow, thanks Steve for this blog. I am totally in awe of your fantastic abilities, Arja. Everything you make is just so totally awesome. So very glad to watch you grow with your artistic endeavours. Show us more, and more and more…..! Evelyn

  18. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Steve, this is a wonderful article on one of our favorite artists! Arja has such a wonderful and unique style that is all her own — when I see her pieces in the Gallery, I recognize them as hers before I even see her name! I purchased her Crazy Lace Necklace because I was fascinated by the weaving around the pendant. It hasn’t arrived yet, but I am so excited that it is on the way!!! :D

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    Eric Keith says:

    Congrats Arja, you are well deserved of this recognition !!!
    Your work is truly amazing !!!!!!!!!
    You are a fabulous artist and I can’t wait to see more of your work and your amazing growth as you explore new things !!!!!

  20. Jewelry by Shannon
    Jewelry by Shannon says:

    What a great article on our own Arja. We all recognize her extreme talent and look forward to the next creation to be posted on LB.

    I have a sneaky suspicion that she is headed to great things as a jewelry artist and that we’ll all be proud to say that we knew her ‘back when’!!

    Steve, thanks for featuring Arja in this article.

    Arja, congratulations on your success …and can’t wait to see your upcoming creations!! SLS

  21. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    Oh, this is awesome! Congrats to you arja, I am truely loving all your designs! This is exciting, and I cant wait to see more!

  22. Claire F
    Claire F says:

    What a wonderful article, I enjoyed reading it so much. Quite a talented artist too! :)

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    Classy Chick JbyJill says:

    What a fantastic article. I don’t know if there could be a greater compliment for an artist than to have her/his work highlighted! Congratulations, Arja!! You are truly an inspiration!! Lima~ you are a class act!!! You never cease to amaze me ;)

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    Dora H says:

    A very talented artist and a wonderful article on you!!! :)

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    kitty mom jb says:

    Great article! Congratulations, Arja!! You are truly an inspiration!!

  26. FaeryGoth Chick
    FaeryGoth Chick says:

    Arja is indeed a very talented woman! She has great ideas and I love her designs and creativity. Keep up the good work :-)

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    Cotopaxi Chickie Sue says:

    How wonderful to see your article on Arja, Steve! She is an incredibly talented artist, and an inspiration to us all! Her wirework and metalwork is unsurpassed – I continue to be amazed and awed by her creativity! Arja, we are honored to have you here! :D

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    D D Mystic Chick says:

    Great article, Steve! It’s nice to know a little about the person behind the designs. It’s no wonder you chose Arja to feature. Her work truly amazes us all! So incredibly talented! and creative! She’s opened our eyes to new ways of seeing materials for their possible potential. Looking forward to her next design and next “found” material.

  29. Bettys Beads
    Bettys Beads says:

    Thanks Steve for featuring Arja…and ditto to all the above.

  30. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:

    What a great tribute to Arja…and well deserved!! Her work and creativity are amazing….I wish I had the talent (even just a quarter of the talent) that she has!! I saw the link to the featured article on Facebook and I’m sure she will get lots of inquiries and interest about her work from these other venues…good idea LB!
    Congratulations, Arja!!!

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    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Congrats to Arja wonderful article!!!

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    LeighAnn F says:

    What a great article on Arja! No doubt, she has an eye for style. She can take a nothing and make it into a wonderfull awesome something that everybody loves. Arja has talent beyond belief. I love all you do Arja. Your style is unique, and super awesome!

  33. jessbell
    jessbell says:

    Absolutely love Arja’s work! Gorgeous and so thoughtfully executed. That is exactly the type of jewelry I am trying to incorporate more into my own lines. Stunning and such raw talent, too! :)

  34. Sandra Martinez
    Sandra Martinez says:

    I lovingly call her “ARTja”! What an amazing talent! What will she come up with next? Did you see the design with the zipper? Blows my mind!

  35. Arja A
    Arja A says:

    Thank you so much for everyone’s kind words! I have been absolutely overwhelmed by the support and encouragement that my work has received from this forum. The positive response my quirky little creations have received has taken me completely by surprise and has been inspiring me to create more and more. Thank you so much for that.

  36. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    Congrats to you, and your beautiful work.

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    RubberT aka Plucky Chick says:

    Ditto to all comments above!!

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