Warren has been beading and making jewelry over
the past 25 years, from bead stringing, bead weaving,
and micro-macrame to wire working and silver smithing.
In 2000, Warren founded The Center For Beadwork
& Jewelry Arts (CBJA), an educational program
in Nashville, TN. The program, and its 12 instructors,
approach education from the Design Perspective –
a teaching focus on how to make functional, material,
and aesthetic choices. In 2008, Warren’s “Canyon
Sunrise” necklace was selected as Finalist,
4th Place, in SWAROVSKI’s Be Naturally Inspired
Design Contest. His piece "Little Tapestries/Ghindia"
— was juried into the book SHOWCASE 500 BEADED
JEWELRY, Lark Publications. 2012. He is working
to bring the CBJA curriculum online as LearnToBead.net.
He is currently writing a jewelry design series
entitled “How To Bead A Rogue Elephant.”
Owner, Be Dazzled Beads in Nashville, and Land of
Odds (www.landofodds.com) OnLine. Director, Jewelry
Design Camp. Administers three international contests:
The Ugly Necklace Contest, All Dolled Up-Beaded
Art Dolls, and Illustrative Beader-Beaded Tapestries.
Member, Nashville Fashion Group. Personal style:
multi-method, intricate color play, adaptive of
traditions to contemporary design, experimental.
Beadweaving since 1997, Kathleen designs jewelry
with a particular sensitivity to color, color blending,
and wearability. As a teacher at the Center for
Beadwork & Jewelry Arts in Nashville, TN, and
as faculty on LearnToBead.net, she has taught bead
weaving stitches based on a comprehensive design-oriented
curriculum which includes the history, technique,
and variations of a particular stitch for the past
7 years. Kathleen has appeared in Beadwork Magazine
4 times, Bead Trends, and Diane Fitzgerald’s
Netted Bead Work. In 2011, she was a finalist in
the Seed Bead Jewelry Making Contest sponsored by
Fire Mountain. Kathleen is a Master Teaching Artist
with the Wolf Trap “Early Learning Through
The Arts” program, and workshop leader for
the John F. Kennedy Center’s professional
development for teachers program. She works closely
with the Tennessee Arts Commission and The Tennessee
Performing Arts Center. Her original designs are
show-cased in The Open Window Gallery in Nashville,
and at the Renaissance Center’s artisan market
in Dickson, TN. Botanicals and the natural world
continue to inspire her work.