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Janet from Another Planet

Giovanna creates beautiful contemporary jewelry and is passionate about her art. She offers dramatic stone necklaces, elegant collars and chokers, lariats, delicate wire necklaces, bracelets and earrings. All designs begin with a search for materials of the highest quality. A variety of stones are used including amethyst, pearls, carnelian, sugilite, labradorite, Sleeping Beauty turquoise and art glass beads along with Bali silver, gold-filled components, 14K, 18K or 22K gold.

For the past 10 years Giovanna has pursued the very ancient art of off-loom bead weaving and is most inspired by three-dimensional work. She is drawn to the intricate hand-crafted detail. One by one small glass beads are woven utilizing various stitches to achieve desired patterns and effects. Colors and textures combine to make unique structural shapes.

Many hours of attention and expert workmanship are employed for these art pieces. Some works go very much according to plan; but beads can sometimes have a mind of their own, with the finished result looking quite different than the original intent. Giovanna has learned to follow the beads. In the process she continues to push boundaries and explore this art form.

All pieces are created solely by Giovanna in her home studio in central New Jersey. Her work has been sold at many juried art shows, and photographs of her work have been featured in brochures for some of these shows. Her three dimensional beadwork sculpture 'Uchikake Kimono (Wedding Kimono)' was a finalist in the international Bead Dreams Competition in 2012. Another work, 'Janet from Another Planet' appeared on the York Beads website.

She was most pleased to donate some pieces for an auction held at Neiman Marcus to benefit the Valley Hospital Home Care Butterflies Program and Children's Specialized Hospital Foundation. Some of her work was also donated to be auctioned, with proceeds going to the local Food Bank to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Giovanna has taught privately, for a large retail craft store, for the Girl Scouts of America and has offered workshops for the Bead Society of New Jersey. She has served two terms as president for the BSNJ and is a current member of the board.

Wedding Kimono
Photo by Robin Milne