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 The Artisans United Gallery is located in the Packard Center at the Annandale Community Park at 4022 Hummer Road

 Artisans United Gallery and Shop
4022 Hummer Road
Annandale, VA  22003
Monday - Saturday 10 am to 4 pm

Other Annandale Artisans

Robin Milburn
Dan Burke
Peggy Taves

Artisans Brochure

The pictures above are the work of Artisan Karen Bowes.  Her work and that of other artisans can be seen and purchased at the Artisans United Gallery in Annandale. 

Beadwork Jewelry by Karen Bowes

Beadwork Jewelry by Karen Bowes of Artisans UniteAlthough I was born in Montana, I spent my growing-up years moving around the country as an Army brat. My Dad's postings even included a tour in Europe.

My Dad was also responsible for introducing me to beadwork: he brought home a bead loom when I was just a kid, and 'we' made beaded strips like you would find on a 'genuine Indian belt'.

My adult introduction to beads and beading began with a trip to a bead artist's shop in Alexandria. One look at all those seed beads, those beautiful, magical little pieces of glass and I was hooked.

I have been beadweaving for more than 12 years, having started out by making items and pieces of jewelry for members of my family and friends. I think part of what is so much fun about beadweaving is the almost Zen-like repetition of creating something beautiful one tiny bead at a time.

I enjoy playing with color combinations, some of which have been quite serendipitous and certainly there is no lack in the variety of stitches employed in beadweaving: Dutch spiral, peyote, Ndebele, brick stitch, and right angle weave to name a few, in addition to that loom weaving that started it all for me. Beadweaving is NEVER boring, although frustrating on occasion, but not boring. Most of my pieces are one-of-a-kind: each is special in its own way.

I sincerely hope the recipient of my craft will have as much enjoyment wearing/owning what I've created as I did in making it.

Karen’s work, along with that of other Artisans, can be viewed and purchased at the Artisans United Gallery in the Annandale Community Park off of Hummer Road in Annandale.  Artisans United is always looking to join new artisans to the gallery offering them an opportunity to display and sell their work.  Contact the Gallery for more information.


Artisans United Gallery
4022 Hummer Road
Annandale, VA  22003
703.941.0202   .  www.augallery.org
Monday through Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm


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