About the Artist

I am a self-taught artist and have been beading since 1988. I began by learning my craft in Sedona, Arizona, while designing and creating hand-made leather bags. Each piece was enhanced by the application of my original bead work and all of them reflected the style of the Southwest. 

After moving to Maui in 2004, I was introduced to the art of Japanese Kumihimo. Using this technique along with my own, I weave 8 strands of beads along with freshwater pearls and semi-precious and/or precious gemstones to create my one-of-a-kind necklaces. By experimenting with different shades of colored beads, I have learned to design and create pieces that would be complimented by a variety of colors - which in turn added more versatility to the necklace itself.  

My work has been selected and shown at different venues on Maui including Art Maui and the Hui N'oeau. I have has also participated in many of the Artist-in-Residence programs offered by the luxury hotels in Wailea.

Constantly inspired by the beautiful colors of Maui, I use the bead's color as the palette from which I 'paint' the delicate pieces that I design and weave.

In 2018 I became interested in 'dotting' and have been loving applying my talent and creativity to that.  We actually create the forms and hearts from gypsum. That is done in our home.  If you have any questions, you can reach me at davignondesigns@gmail.com.  Thanks for your interest.

Coleen d'Avignon