Youngquist’s Quest

Learn how artist Betsy Youngquist creates beaded art through the eyes of her subjects.
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Prolific bead artist Betsy Youngquist is enthralled with folklore. “I have always been fascinated with the intersection of humans, animals, and mythology. My creative pursuits are centered on exploring those connections,” she says. She does this most famously with her mosaic beaded characters.

 

Youngquist works with sculptor R. Scott Long to create their body forms. Then she uses beads, found materials, and (most notably) antique porcelain doll faces to bring them to life. “When I start a piece, I start with the eyes. In needing to meet a creature through the eyes, I begin to understand what each character wants to become.”

 

Enjoy scrolling through a small collection of Youngquist and Long’s vast body of work. 

 

Youngquist and Long’s beaded art is featured in the Your Work section of the August 2019 issue of Bead&Button magazine. Click here to subscribe to receive this and other fabulous content delivered bi-monthly directly to your door or inbox!

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