Unusual objects and shapes become part of a new story as Sherry stitches beads and gemstones, one at a time, to a felt like base. Most pieces are born spontaneously as the beads and Sherry’s imagination dictate the design. She seldom works from sketches. Sherry finds this meditative form of art to be a rich counterpoint to a society full of instant gratification. Some pieces take a year to complete.
Each piece is unique.
My intentions stem from my belief that “there can never be enough beauty in this world. Some of my pieces may contain an underlying concept, but I prefer to allow the viewer to interpret the work for his or her self. I think it is fair to allow this opportunity for the viewer considering the indefinite cultural significance of beaded jewelry in today’s society.
It is remarkable to track the history and development of beaded jewelry from primitive clay and shells strung on animal sinew to the elaborate productions of contemporary bead artists. Beadwork has remained a method of personal adornment, but has also adopted the modern significance of serving as an artform.
Not only has the bead managed to persist through the centuries, but it has thrived as a means of artistic expression.
Sherry was raised in a military family, moving every few years. She credits that nomadic lifestyle with giving her an adventurous and uninhibited approach to her work.
Sherry was voted one of the top 10 instructors in the United States by Bead & Button magazine. She lectures and teaches throughout the U.S. and has won numerous awards for excellence in design, including Saul Bell Outstanding Jewelry Design Award, Bead International 2006 and Kennedy Best of Pennsylvania and Kennedy Best of Nationally. She has been published and has written articles for several well-known magazines. Her work has been featured on the covers of trade magazines and catalogs and is the co-author of the Art of Bead Embroidery with artist & friend Heidi Kummli, Beads Across America with Amy Katz & Paulette Baron and Sensational Bead Embroidery by Sherry Serafini Sherry’s beaded art is known internationally and has been worn by Grammy winner Melissa Etheridge, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Lenny Kravitz, and singer Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas. Sherry resides in Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania with her two daughters Erika and Nikki and her Boston Terrier Bailey & French Bulldog Trevor.