June 29, 2017

Meet Aisha Formanski, Education Team at Beaducation


Aisha Formanski, Education Team
Joined Beaducation: 2010
Meet Aisha Formanski, Education Team
Got jewelry tools? Aisha certainly does! As a self-proclaimed addict, she admits wanting to have them all. Having worked in the bead and DIY jewelry industry for over half her life, this native Minnesotan has collected so many tools she lost count on how many she has. Not only is Aisha an accomplished jewelry designer with six months of courses at Revere Academy under her belt, she can also spin her own yarn and knit with it. Pretty talented, eh? You betcha!

From Aisha
I had been working in the DIY industry for quite a while, and was VERY fond of all that Beaducation was doing. I moved to the Bay Area is the fall of 2010, looking to focus on my jewelry. That year when I traveled to Tucson to attend the Gem and Mineral show where I met Kate Richbourg. Kate was the Education Director for Beaducation at the time, and her and I hit it off immediately. I explained that I had just moved to the Bay Area, and she expressed that they were looking for a new hire to assist with the Education Department. I was hired a month later!

The supportive and creative team are my favorite part of working with Beaducation. Lisa Niven Kelly is the most supportive, creative, funny, boss you could ever have.

In the last five years the way people are learning online has changed dramatically. When I came on board we were selling our online classes. A couple of years later we decided to turn them all free. People were turning to Youtube for their online tutorials, and we felt like it was time for us to go free.

Since then it's been fun to get great feedback from our viewers about the quality of our classes, and support them in their creative endeavors. We continue to add classes to our website every year. It's been fun to see what people are interested in learning. It went from PMC, to felting, to seed beading, to wirework, to metalwork, but always come back around to the backbone of Beaducation, metal stamping :) The fact that metal stamping continues to grow is AMAZING!

Five years from now I hope that we continue to support makers all over the world with education and cool products! Also, as Lisa Niven Kelly said at my interview in 2010 when I asked her this very question, "Kickin' ass, and heathy snacks".

FUN FACTS ABOUT THE AISHA WE KNOW & LOVE
Aisha has her own studio to create super cool things and has written her own book, New Directions in Punched Metal Jewelry by Aisha Formanski! She has her very own jewelry line and is really talented. This super healthy, Midwest girl grew up on a commune (that's right!), is a perfectionist, loves turquoise, Cabochons, gem shows, craft shows, metalsmithing, woodworking and yarn.  She often gives a fake name at Starbucks because they rarely pronounce hers correctly. She once sported a pixie hair cut. It was very cute.

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