Nancy’s beading has
undergone an evolution over the years. When designing a new piece, she
is drawn toward changing the process of beading. Developing a new
approach or technique is a challenge she savors. Once Nancy finds a new
approach, she allows the technique to dictate the direction of the
design. Much like a building with the beautiful façade gracing the
infrastructure, she is endlessly fascinated by the structural work of a
When teaching a class,
she delves into the process of creating the piece so students can learn
the ‘behind the scenes’ methodology of designing.
Nancy has played with
beads since 1989. She began by stringing and then developed her passion
for off-loom weaving around 1990. She began teaching on the national and
international circuit in 2003. Her work has been displayed in numerous
museums in Japan including the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art. She
was named Designer of the Year 2010 for Beadwork Magazine, and is a two
time Bead Dreams finalist at the Bead&Button Show in Milwaukee,
Wisconsin. Both she and her artistry are featured in the Best of America
Jewelry Artists Vol. II; Kennedy Publishing, and “Beads Worldview
Project” International artist interview with Nancy Cain - Beads Bee Vol.
28; Patchwork Tsushin-sha, Japan.