Susan Braden Hull is obsessed with beads and jewelry design. You could say she never met a bead she didn’t like. A self-taught jewelry designer and maker, Susan was part of the team at the Bead Hive in Guilford for over 5 years and still is a member of that vibrant artisan community, inspired by some of the masters in that milieu.
She is influenced by art, design and fashion, and creates handcrafted jewelry that is fun and funky with a vintage vibe. Bold, statement pieces and delicate jewelry designs all find a place in her collections. Tiny details sets her work apart.
Susan works in stones sourced from all over the world, as well as Czech glass beads that are on trend and made using vintage molds and methods. Susan also uses Japanese seed beads, Austrian crystals, sterling silver, hand-wrought bronze and art beads created by local artisans in her signature designs. Other metals include pewter, base metals and stainless steel. Susan’s jewelry can easily be worn with a T-shirt and jeans and go right to dinner effortlessly.
And she aims to create jewelry that flatters the wearer. She has been featured in numerous art and craft shows and is a regular at the Florence Griswold Museum’s Bohemian Street Fair. Her work is also at retail outlets and she has done many one-woman trunk shows. Her work can be seen at Spectrum Gallery in Centerbrook, Ct. She is known for her incredibly detailed beaded wrap bracelets and her works in Kumihimo, an ancient Japanese form of braiding with beads.