Hiyama Studios


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Meet the Artist

  • About This Artist

    Carole Grisham 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. Her 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.

  • 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 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: Gardens, water and nature are the built and natural environments that shape my vision of art and inspire my choices of color, shape and design.

    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.

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