Cindy Holsclaw has dabbled in crafts for longer than she can
remember, but she’s always been most fond of geometric structures. After
many years of exploring these mathematical forms in modular origami, in
2006 she learned that these structures could also be made with beads.
From then on, she was hooked! In 2009 Cindy started writing patterns for
her own beading designs, and in 2012 she dove into designing and
teaching beadwork full-time.
With a background in academia and a doctorate in biochemistry,
Cindy takes an analytical approach to her design style; she likes
exploring different bead shapes and variations on the established
beading techniques, and she’s constantly thinking of new ways to put
Biochemistry and mathematics continue to inspire her and
often show up in her finished work. As an educator, Cindy challenges
her students to learn something new in every class, while giving them
the tools they need through her very detailed beading patterns.
In 2015 Cindy was named Designer of the Year by Beadwork
Magazine, and a series of her beading videos were published by
Interweave in the same year. Cindy has taught at the Bead & Button,
Bead Fest, and BABE! shows as well as at several bead stores and bead
societies around the country. When not on the road, Cindy makes her home
in San Diego, California with her musician husband and baby daughter.
To see more of Cindy's beadwoven designs, check out her website at www.beadorigami.com, blog at beadorigami.blogspot.com, and Etsy shop at beadorigami.etsy.com.