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Baumann draws a bead on creating top-notch art ■ by katie rose mceneely JoAnn Baumann is a fiber and sculptural beadwork artist living in Glencoe. Reading: Because of what I do, I don’t have a lot of time to read; I need my eyes and my hands for work. So my husband and I listen to I’m looking forward to reading “Tandia” by Bryce Courtenay, the same author who wrote “The Power of One.” Listening: I listen to audio books. I listened to the entire “Pillars of the Earth” series and “Game of Thrones”; that kind of genre is interesting to me because of how in depth they are and all the webs that are wove. I like a good mystery. I’ve listened to all of Daniel Silvia’s books so far. Watching: I watch way too much, with one eyeball and one ear. We watch “Person of Interest” and I like “White Collar.” And I watch “Justified” with Timothy Olyphant. He’s a bad good guy, loves to kill people — but only the bad people! Following: I am following a lot of people on Facebook all over the world who are doing the most amazing beadwork. It’s amazing how far and wide beadwork has travelled. I’ve been doing it for over 20 years so I see the entire range from people just

starting to people who are doing very elaborate work. I looked at the friends of people I liked and now people respond in languages I don’t even recognize. It’s been fascinating to me to see people doing the same things you’re doing at the same time living across the ocean. Activity: I consider myself a fiber artist. Not only do I do beadwork, which I consider making fabric out of beads, but I also felt and dye fabric and combine the dyed fabric and wool to make something called “Nuno” felt. “Nuno” felt is when you take a piece of porous fabric and lay felt down and press the wool fibers through the silk. It compresses and becomes a fabric — a different kind of fabric, a meshed fabric. You take many different elements, and it becomes a different piece. Eating: My husband started doing this primal diet — that means basically no white stuff. Light on the carbs, lots of protein, all the vegetables and fruit you want to eat. I like to do Indian and Asian favors. Instead of having seafood over pasta, we have seafood over roasted cauliflower. It’s awfully good! When we go out to eat, my preference is Asian or Indian. Favorite mistake: Mistakes usually lead

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you to something new and different. When I first started learning how to do beadwork, I went to beading school and Joyce Scott was leading a class — she was the most important person in the bead world at that time. I was composing a necklace. She told

photography by katie rose mceneely me to cut it apart and put it back together, but make it better. And I did. I learned from that that you can always make it better somehow — if it’s a mistake, learn from it, and the next piece will be better. ■

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The North Shore Weekend EAST, Issue 26  
The North Shore Weekend EAST, Issue 26  

Featuring the news and personalities of Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka, Northfield, Glencoe, Highland Park, Lake Forest & Lake Bluff, Illino...