Stephanie Failmezger • Peosta, IA • Bead Mosaics

 

In 1989 I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in art. I started with Larry Weitz Sign Systems shortly after graduation, did a brief stint as an owner of Dubuque Sign Company and started working for Lange Sign Group in East Dubuque, IL, in 2005.

I have been working in the sign industry for over 20 years as a graphic designer.

 

In 2000 I was pregnant with my third child and decided to work at home freelancing. It was then I started pursuing my artwork for my own creative outlet.

When I started amassing a pile of work, my husband encouraged me to start approaching shops and galleries to show my work, and thus in 2000 SRF Creative Studio was born and shortly after in 2003, so was our fourth child.

Peacock Feather

 

Aztec Sun

 

Beadwork in many ways reflects what intrigues me about life, about balance, about the harmony of creation. Nature is a reflection of the Creator and it is in this capacity that I am drawn to create. My desire for sharing this process is what drives me as an artist. On close inspection each bead is beautiful and unique on its own, it's just a piece, but step back and view it as a whole (just as in nature) it derives a stronger, more powerful meaning.

I have participated in many shows, exhibits, and events over the years and received many recognitions and awards. Recently, I received 2nd place in the Great Draw Street Art Competition sponsored by Outside the Lines Art Gallery in Dubuque, IA, in 2011. I received a State Award at Rountree Gallery in Platteville, WI, and will go on to compete in the State Award Exhibit in Madison, WI, in September 2012. I am also exhibiting my work in a group show at the Dubuque Carnegie Stout Public in October 2012.

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