Palm Beach – On Thursday, October 24th, 2013, local artist Wendy op de Weegh will be holding a demonstration in the Caribbean Queen store at Palm Beach Plaza Mall, showing off how she makes her beautiful and bold blown-glass jewelry. Wendy was recently chosen as the store’s Caribbean Queen for the month of October 2013.
Wendy was born in the Netherlands and moved to Aruba 16 years ago. For as long as she can remember, she has been making beautiful things, working mostly with fabric: quilting, sewing, and creating stuffed animals, more often than not cute teddy bears. A few years ago her artistic perception changed when she saw an ad in the local newspaper promoting a glass-beadmaking workshop. It was the point of no return, she confesses, as she got hooked on beads at a workshop given at Stichting Terrafuse under the guidance of former Caribbean Queen, local artist Marian Abath.
“I make my beads with the lampworking technique,” Wendy explains. “Behind my torch I turn glass rods into glass beads. The movement of melted glass fascinates me, “she says, “and the addition of all the different colors makes lampworking so much fun!”
Wendy names the color of the sky as her inspiration, as well as the colors of the ocean, tropical birds, and flowers. “I am inspired by Carnaval costumes,” she states, “and all sorts of fashion items, such as multi-colored bathing suits and sarongs.”
While she tries to spend as much time as possible behind her torch, studying at the University of Aruba for a master’s degree in Aruban law makes it challenging, but not impossible.
On Thursday night, Wendy will personally show how she makes her beautiful creations, which are available at Caribbean Queen during the entire month of October.