Monday, October 15, 2007

Coquito Designs

Today I will feature Kristen's shop Coquito Designs. Please read her bio below:

Kristen Berge could tell you that she’s an office administrator who daydreams about pairing moonstone with garnet; she could tell you that she’s a self-taught jewelry designer whose tactile tendencies lead her away from digital photography and into jewelry design; that she has often found herself pondering the finer differences between toggle and lobster clasps; or that her husband doesn’t only make a mean pasta primavera but a magnificent business partner. But why go to all the trouble when she can best sum herself up with two words: Bead. Addict.
The colors. The textures. The shapes. Berge has yet to meet a bead she couldn’t love. From perusing the local shops to browsing the conventions and shows, Berge’s design process is as much about the compulsion, er. . .experience of selecting her beads as it is about crafting them.
With her “where the mood (and beads) take me” approach, Berge’s designs run the gamut from the sedate and earth-toned to the effervescent and bright-colored. The unifying element? The spiritedness with which they were created and the ability each piece has to speak directly, and intimately, to the woman with whom they belong.

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