Jane-Michael started beading as a hobby with her mother in 2001. The hobby quickly turned into an obsession for both and they opened The Bead Garden of Sedona in 2002 which her mother still owns and operates.
Jane-Michael has been blessed to have many wonderful beading teachers including Jocelyn Cooley, Rayne Austin, Susan Lenart Kazmer, and master loom artist Don Pierce. Each of these published artists has contributed to Jane-Michael’s diverse knowledge of bead-weaving techniques and her confidence in teaching others the joy of creating with beads.
Jane-Michael received her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art from The School of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in association with Tufts University. After exploring several mediums in college, such as photography, silver casting/fabrication, and gem cutting Jane-Michael discovered her true passion is creating with beads. The problem solving and endless combinations of texture and color that beads offer is what keeps her passion burning.
Jane-Michael moved to Austin Texas in 2010 and has managed Lapis Lane Beads since May 2010.
Jane-Michael teaches classes in the following techniques: peyote stitch, brick stitch, herringbone (Ndeble), right angle weave, embroidery, basic netting, kumihimo, pearl knotting, basic spiral, wire wrapping, basic bead stringing and more.
Her favorite technique to explore is the Dutch Spiral, a form of the peyote stitch. Bright, unique color-ways and the occasional glow-in-the-dark object are hallmarks of her artwork.