Friday, August 24, 2012

BFF Beading Friend Friday: SHERRI STOKEY

This week's featured artist is Sherri Hartman Stokey, of KnotJust Macrame!

I love Sherri! She's such a sweetheart.  But besides that,  her work with micro macramé is outstanding and inspiring. Come - learn more about my friend, Sherri!


Real Name?  Sherri Stokey.  Sherri Lynn to familyJ  Yes, a bit like Elsie May or Billy Bob or John Boy… 

Location? North Platte, NE.  Take a pin and stick it smack dab in the middle of the continental USA then scootch it just a teeny bit to the left – that’s me!

Marital Status or Relationship?  Married to the same man for 26 years
Children?  Two offspring.  My son is just a week shy of 20 years old and my daughter is 16. 

Pets?  One big, lazy, loveable Black Lab; one retired police service dog (German Shepherd); one spoiled rotton mini-doxie; and a garage cat.

Other hobbies or interests?  Everything!  I’m an Aries – I like to try everything and I bore easilyJ  Right now I’m obsessed with anything bead-related , but I’ve done ceramics, sewing, cross stitch, stained glass, cake decorating, scrapbooking and genealogy (I’m probably forgetting a bunch of stuff, but that should give you an idea).   I love to cook and I really love to travel.  I like fantasy and science fiction (not to worry, I haven’t attended a convention yet and don’t own any costumes LOL) and everything history related.  Oh, and ancient Egypt – everything about that fascinates me.

These interviews are shared with my blog readers but are really for me, I love to know what is behind the art. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

BFF: What do you do with beads?

SHERRI:  I do mostly macramé – and I prefer micro macrame with thin cords and tiny seed beads.  But I’ve done some stringing, some bead embroidery, some weaving… I want to do everything (remember, I’m an Aries – that’s my new excuse for everything!). 

BFF: How would you describe your role in the beading world?

SHERRI: I’m not sure I HAVE a role in the beading world.  I’m just over here in my own world doing what I love to do and sharing it with anyone interested enough to watch.


BFF: How long have you been working with beads?
SHERRI: If you count the first time I did macramé back in the 70’s, for about 40 years LOL.  But I did take a pretty big break in thereJ  I’ve got interested again about 5 years ago.

BFF: What is your style? And what attracts you to this style?
SHERRI:  I don’t think I have a style, unless “whatever I like at the moment” counts.  Sometimes I like everything fussy and feminine, sometimes casual and grungy. 

Statement Necklace

BFF: What are your favorite metals to use?
SHERRI: I use antiqued copper and brass mostly.  And antiqued silver.  I usually can’t afford sterling and gold just seems too formal for me.

BFF: What is your favorite stringing medium to use?
SHERRI:   I don’t do enough stringing to have an opinionJ

 BFF: What is your favorite color palette?
SHERRI: Teal, aqua, seashore colors, definitely. I do belong to a challenge group which helps me move outside my comfort zone and try different color combos, though, and I think that’s good for me.

BFF: Your technique(s)?
SHERRI: Does this count? I like to pull out all the beads and findings and cord that might work in my design so I can see them together and try different combinations.  I have almost as much fun digging through my stash and playing with my beads as I do actually creating a piece.  I like to photograph my “palette” and my finish pieces – sort of a “before” and “after”.  It’s just fun seeing how a pile of beads and cord can be transformed into something beautiful.

BFF: What else would you like to try your hand at?
SHERRI: Enameling – I bought a torch fired enamel kit and tried it once and I melted the window blinds, but I’m pretty sure that was a fluke.  Looming- I bought an inexpensive loom, but haven’t tried it yet.  Kumihimo – I bought the stuff for it…  Are you seeing the trend here?  Come to think of it, I think my “technique” is collecting.

BFF: Other artist/designer(s) you admire? Any special reason why?
SHERRI:  Many!  There are several lampwork artists I admire and I’d hate to name any and forget some, so I’ll just leave it at that.  That’s a medium I don’t think I’d attempt so I really admire those who can create such beautiful beads.

Erin Simonetti and her loom work.  She is doing some absolutely amazing piece that change the way I think of loomed pieces.  I can’t wait for her book to come out.
BFF: Where do you want to be in 5 years from now?

SHERRI: Retired from my “regular” job, spending winters somewhere warm and still making jewelry. 

BFF: What’s your favorite quote or saying?
SHERRI: I can’t think of one right off…

BFF: Any advice you'd give to new artists who are just beginning in your medium?
SHERRI:  Don’t be afraid to experiment – cord is cheap!


BFF: What is your favorite blog that you like to follow?
SHERRI:  The Beading Gem’s Journal. Pearl Blay scours the world for new and interesting jewelry artists, techniques, tutorials, etc. 
Sherri's BSBP entry!

BFF: What has been your favorite Blog Hop or Challenge?
SHERRI:  I’ve only done a couple of Blog Hops – in fact, I’ve only had a blog for a couple of months now.  One of the things that finally pushed me into starting one was so I could participate in some of the hops. 

I’m in the first reveal of  LoriAnderson’s Bead Soup Blog Party ® and I’m insanely excited about it (I know, what a geek, huh).  I love, love, love looking at everyone’s blogs to see what they made.


Quirky questions often give us a better understanding of the real person behind the artist, so here goes…

BFF: If you had all the money in the world, what would you buy?

SHERRI: My own island with a beach.  And a huge house with guests houses for friends and family - with a whole wing for beads.  Like my own private bead store with EVERYTHING so no matter what I felt like making, I’d have the stuff on hand.  And a margarita machine. I know, I know, I was supposed to say “world peace”…

BFF: As a child what was your favorite cartoon or tv show? why?
SHERRI: Land of the Lost on Saturday mornings – so full of cheesy, sci-fi goodness – with dinosaurs mixed in.  What’s not to love?!
BFF: Favorite toy as a child? why?
SHERRI: Barbies.  Malibu Barbie was the bomb.  Or my Crissy doll – she had hair that “grew” (okay, you pulled it out of a hole in her head, but it DID get longer LOL)  Oh, and my brother’s Legos. (Editor's Note: I had a Crissy doll too - LOVED her!)

BFF: Favorite subject in school? why? 
SHERRI: Probably math.  It always makes sense – not really any gray areas, nothing open to interpretation.  All is right with the universe.   (Editor’s Note: Amen, sister!)


 BFF: What was your favorite YEAR of your life thus far? why? 
SHERRI: Hmmm… I’m going to say 1998 because both of my children were born by then and my father-in-law and my grandparents were all still alive.  All of my favorite people in the whole world were part of my world.  I’d love to go back and have just one more of those days just to savor it a little more.  I try to remember that and apply it now.  Someday I will probably look back with longing on this time in my life.  Funny how that works.


Sherri is in my Etsy circle and I have noticed how alike our “tastes” are, and I follow herfavorite links A LOT!  I think we are really “soul sisters” because we have so much in common (like my name, it's Shelley Lynn).  YES, we share common interests and talents - although I do NOT have the micro macramé gene!  I do NOT have the patience or talent it takes to create such beautiful pieces. Thank goodness I can buy all I like from wonderful artists such as Sherri!


 In memory of Sherri's grandfather, Arnold J. Sokol

Sherri's Contact Info

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Sherri Stokey said...

Awww... thank you, Shelley:)

glassbead, isinglass design said...

What a great interview! And I'd visit you in that beach house any time. As a matter of fact, you could just stash me in the 'bead wing'!

YaY! Jewelry said...

Fabulous interview!!!! Had some great laughs and definetly brought back memories as I think we are from the same generation. Gorgeous work...... so nice to get to know you better. I used to tromp around Omaha when I was a medical supply rep and head to Lincoln. Loved the antique shops around there. Lots of fun. Toodles.

Marlene Cupo said...

Another fantatic post. I am soooo enjoying your interviews each week.

Cherrie Fick of En La Lumie're said...

What a great post. She sounds like a kick and someone you could have fun laughing with. Love her work. Very difficult looking to me. I am inspired by that kind of detail and it works so beautifully in design.

Marla said...

Great Post! Its nice to see how much I have in common with one of my favorite artists. And I love how her personality came through. Be Warned Sherri! One day your "favorite fan" is gonna stalk you and take you out for margaritas!

Sherri Stokey said...

hahaha - oh, I am ALWAYS up for margaritas!

JavaBead said...

What a fun interview!!!!

A Half-Baked Notion said...

Wonderful to read Sherri's words again (hey, this is twice in one week,I feel like a stalker!) Your work is amazing, Sherri, and it was nice to see THE HAND once more.

Sharyl said...

Another great interview, Shelley! And when I saw "the hand," I felt like I already knew you, Sherri! :-) So nice to learn more!

Mellisa said...

Wow, what stunning work! The thought of macrame, let alone MICRO macrame makes my head spin, I'd be tied up in knots in minutes :)

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