I grew up as a military brat, bouncing from coast to coast. While in high school, I found a local bead shop and bought a book on Native American beadweaving techniques with a few tubes of mixed seed beads. That was enough to start my love of beadweaving. I tried other mediums over the years but always came back to off-loom seed beadweaving.
One of the best things that helped me grow as an artist was a rejection from a local juried holiday art show. The feedback I received was my work was too similar to other local bead artists and lacked a unique, distinguishable style. This valuable feedback prompted me to stop beading from other designer’s patterns (common in the beadweaving community) and develop my own designs to create the distinct look of Teresa Shelton Designs.
In my day job, I am a printed circuit board manufactuability engineer so I find the geometric style of sculptural and wearable pieces I create easily marries the technical with the creative. I am also active in an online, international, open-source beading community, called Contemporary Geometric Beadwork where we inspire and encourage each other to incorporate physics and mathematics into our beaded artwork.
I have one cat, four laying hens, and an affinity for pygmy goats (though currently we are without goats).
If I was a Muppet, I would be Red from Fraggle Rock because she’s colorful and vibrant with amazing hair.