Warren has been beading and making jewelry over the past 25 years, from bead stringing, bead weaving, and micro-macrame to wire working and silver smithing.
In 2000, Warren founded The Center For Beadwork & Jewelry Arts (CBJA), an educational program in Nashville, TN. The program, and its 12 instructors, approach education from the Design Perspective â a teaching focus on how to make functional, material, and aesthetic choices.
In 2008, Warren's Canyon Sunrise necklace was selected as Finalist, 4th Place, in SWAROVSKI's Be Naturally Inspired Design Contest. His piece "Little Tapestries/Ghindia" was juried into the book SHOWCASE 500 BEADED JEWELRY, Lark Publications. 2012. His work on jewelry design has been prominently referenced in Jewelry Design by Margie Deeb (2014).
He is working to bring the CBJA curriculum as a series of kits, articles and tutorials. He is currently writing a jewelry design series entitled "How To Bead A Rogue Elephant."
Owner, Be Dazzled Beads in Nashville, and Land of Odds OnLine. Director, Jewelry Design Camp. Administers three international contests: The Ugly Necklace Contest, All Dolled Up-Beaded Art Dolls, and Illustrative Beader-Beaded Tapestries. Member, Nashville Fashion Group. Personal style: multi-method, intricate color play, adaptive of traditions to contemporary design, experimental.
Basics of Bead Stringing and Attaching Clasps
Bead Weaving Basics: Peyote, Square and Right Angle Weave
Tuxedo Park Bracelet (brick stitch)
Petersburg Chain bracelet (petersburg chain)
Etruscan Square Stitch Bracelet (square stitch)
Hapua Reef Bracelet (bead embroidery)
Caterpillar Espiritu Bracelet (fringe)
Mother's Celebration Bracelet (ndebele)
BezelWorks Pendant (peyote, ndebele)
Etruscan Collar (ndebele)
Gwynian Ropes Bracelet (right angle weave)
Color and Beads
Jewelry Design I: Principles of Composition
Pricing and Selling Your Jewelry
So You Want To Do Craft Shows...
Getting Started In Business
Internet Marketing for Small Businesses That Works
Video Tutorial instruction
In 2000, Warren founded The Center For Beadwork & Jewelry Arts (CBJA), an educational program in Nashville, TN. The program, and its 12 instructors, approach education from the Design Perspective – a teaching focus on how to make functional, material, and aesthetic choices.
Own and manage bead store -- Be Dazzled Beads in Nashville and Land of Odds online. Buy and sell beads and other jewelry components. Organize classes.
Custom Jewelry Designer.
My Personal Style:
I like to organize my pieces into Series I call "Collections." For each Collection, I study a particular culture or technique or design theory, and play with what I've learned. How can I adopt what I've learned to my individual style and approach? Each Collection, then, is a personal challenge of expression and expressiveness.
My personal style centers on a few key elements:
I like to...
- Mix colors in unexpected ways, particularly colors you would not ordinarily assume would complement one another
- Use a lot of what are called "grays", such as black diamond, montana blue, colorado topaz, alexandrite, and other "simultaneity effects"
- Combine both bead weaving, bead stringing, and wire-working techniques within the same piece.
- Modify traditional weaving and stringing techniques
- Define and play with forms and themes, and thresholds, frames and transititions from one form to the next
- Have pieces that emphasize the sensual and sexual
- Create unusual, unexpected placement of shapes, such as using curved tubes where you might expect a straight tube instead, or using a cube where you would expect a flat rondelle
- Add dimensionality, curvature, and interlocking forms, where I can, to make my pieces both fashionable and contemporary
- Add a sense of movement and move-ability, whereever possible, and likewise, anticipate the aesthetic and functional impacts and effects of that come from movement when worn
- Push the limits of, and experiment with, the materials and techniques I am using