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Meet the Artist


  • About This Artist

    Carole creates vibrantly colored textile and beaded jewelry from fiber and monofilament threads and small, delicate glass beads. All work is done by hand, bead by bead and thread to thread.

    Carole's love for the handmade comes from working with her mother, Alyce Hiyama, a talented tailor and costumer. She has perfected her skills through study, teaching, and continued practice. She has returned to this first love, after successful careers with Northwest companies and organizations.

    Selected Exhibitions & Awards

    American Craft Council Shows, Baltimore Maryland, St. Paul Minnesota, 2017 to 2020

    Bellevue Arts Museum ArtsFair, Bellevue, Washington, 2017 to 2019

    One of a Kind Spring and Holiday Shows, Chicago Illinois, 2018 to 2019

    Carol Duke Artist Award - Jewelry, Bellevue Arts Museum, ArtsFair, Bellevue Washington, 2013

    Showcase 500 Art Necklaces, Chunghi Choo Juror, Lark Jewlery and Beading, Publication (pages 54, 362), New York New York, 2013

  • Q&A With This Artist

    A:  Using historical Japanese wooden braiding stands, I create vibrantly colored textile and beaded jewelry from silk, cotton, and monofilament threads and small glass beads, stones, and found objects. Materials are carefully selected to enhance the smallest design detail and I incorporate unusual embellishments so that each piece has a sweet surprise. All work is done meticulously by hand, bead by bead and thread to thread. Perfection is key.

    A: The discovery that I could use very old and historical craft methods such as Kumihimo, a 16th century Japanese braiding process, that incorporates colors and materials in such a way that it transforms a piece of wearable art from the past to meet today's aesthetic.

    A: My love for handmade objects, beads and textiles, and my ability to use unlikely materials in unique ways.

    A: Art and craft diffuse the use of the spoken language which in today's world is subjected to misunderstanding and conflict. Certainly, "art is in the eye of the beholder" yet it quietly speaks out.

    A: My mother, Alyce Hiyama, a talented tailor and costumer, taught me the intricacies of fine hand work and that using unusual materials to obtain an artistic vision was not just a challenge but a reward. I use what Alyce inspired in me in all my work.



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