May 7, 2015

Instructor Spotlight - Aisha Formanski

Aisha is no stranger to the Beaducation headquarters. She teaches many of our most popular classes! Even though she recently moved to Minneapolis, she remains an employee here at Beaducation, telecommuting and flying out to film classes every other month. Let's catch up with Aisha!

What have you been up to lately?
Aisha turning wood
I am busy! I am teaching at Quench Jewelry Arts, shooting classes for, writing tutorials for magazines, and working on my 2015 line for Everthine Jewelry. I have also been taking a lot of classes myself: lapidary, chasing and repousse, and woodturning.  I LOVE taking classes; it keeps my creative gears oiled.

How have you seen our industry change in the past 5-10 years?
This is a big question! The big bead boom is over. The brick and mortar bead stores are few and far-between these days. This makes me sad because I grew up visiting bead stores. They were a huge source of creativity for me; I also worked in them for 16 years. With that said, the convenience of online resources is amazing. You can now take classes and purchase anything you can imagine without leaving your home or studio.

Are any recent trends speaking to you?
Lapidary is getting more popular, and I am jumping on that bandwagon! I have been buying slabs and cutting and setting my own cabochons. It's so addicting!
Aisha's studio
What inspires you?
Materials and traveling is where I find most of my inspiration. There is something about the color and feel of sterling silver that inspires me. Or, while walking a bead/gem show, I can’t help but be inspired by a found treasure. I attended the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show this year and I couldn’t stop making Southwest style designs when I returned home.

What is your favorite color?
Turquoise, in general and in stones!

What is your favorite technique these days?
I have been working on improving my soldering skills lately. I am most comfortable with cold connections, but there are limitations. Soldering is a technique that takes a lot of patience and time to master, and I have a long way to go!
Punched Metal Jewelry

Are there any links you want to share with our readers so they can keep up with you and continue learning from you?
The best place to see my recent work and schedule is on my website: Of course, Beaducation is where you'll find my online classes. You can follow me on Instagram and Facebook. Here is a link to my classes at Quench Jewelry Arts. Oh -- and don't forget about my book, New Directions in Punched Metal Jewelry.

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