Meet the Artist
Greetings! I’m Melanie Bentley, a multimedia artist and jewelry designer, recipient of a MUSE Award from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, former bead store owner and collector of all things sparkly. For over 15 years I taught a range of jewelry design classes at my bead shop and throughout art institutions in Virginia. Being something of a magpie by nature, I scavenge not only for beads but semi-precious gems, found objects, vintage photographs, antique books/music sheets, hand-dyed silk ribbons, etc., all of which create the magic of wearable art jewelry when mingled. Each pendant is uniquely crafted from a variety of materials including fine silver or bronze, resins, vintage photos, or wire-wrapped stones, etc. In short, anything is fair game when it comes to wearable art.