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A Beady Conversation With Uma – The Creator of Hol-O-Beads

Ever thought how the jewelry made of beads are created? Ever thought of making them? Today, we introduce Uma Vaijnath – the Creator and Founder of Hol-O-Beads (@holo.bead) who shares her story on how she got hooked onto making wired jewelry. Her creative jewelry work on beads, threads and wires are something to look at.


Here’s a quick conversation with Uma on how one trip inspired her to get into beading.

  • Share a little details about yourself and what you have been up to?

I’m Uma Vaijnath, Ex-Software Professional. Now I have turned to a Happy Homemaker since 2005 after my daughter Abha’s birth.


  • What initially sparked your interest in this field?

A visit to Dakshinachitra in May 2012. The trip literally sparked the interest in trying magazine paper jewelry and thread jewelry. At one of their stalls, a shop keeper showed how to do a thread jewelry, which I could easily do and the same person backed off to show a macrame based bracelet.


“I bought that bracelet for Rs 40/- and took up a challenge to understand the making without opening it. And yes I could!”

Later on, all other techniques like seed bead weaving , wire weaving metal sheet each new technique kept me glued to jewelry making art.


  • What do you do full-time? If part time, how do you manage?

I’m a full time mom for my home schooled Abha. All craft and art activities are part time. The in between fillers.

  • What’s your creative philosophy? Where do you take inspiration from?


There isn’t any philosophy I guess. And if there’s one may be am unable to see through. Any new technique or art I like to learn, with a little more practice I tend to master it. Generally, I stay with anything till it challenges me; once I master it I tend to lose interest and move on to a new technique.


“I have mastered the techniques on various mediums like wood, wire, sheets, and seed beads, embossing, thread. It’s interesting to mix the mediums of work.”


  • What do you hope people take away from your art?

A wow! Generally that “wow” for any piece of art makes it worth the time and energy incorporated to bring it to life.


  • What gets you particularly excited about your art?

The challenges. Each time there’s a challenge to bring in something completely new, I would end up falling in love with the piece most of the time.


  • Can you single out an item from your work which you are particularly proud of?

Well though it’s difficult to, I feel it’s my thread beads, especially those odd and various shapes thread beads, which had failed the right marketing.


“I had spent quite a number of years working on thread to get various sizes and shapes, which I haven’t seen to exist around. People need to know more  this beautiful artwork.”


  • Where can we find you on social media?

We are active on Facebook & Instagram

Asmita Das

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