Realizing that my bio needed a good bit of revising and knowing that I am certainly no word smith, I turned to the best word smith that I know, Jay Moody. I asked him to write a bio for me and I have to say that when he was done I was even impressed with myself! He really did a fabulous job. I decided to publish it here on my blog to show everyone what a fantastic job he did (and what a great bio I now have!).
********Delia Stone’s Bio by: Jay Moody********
Delia Stone is one of Pensacola, Florida’s top jewelry artists. Winner of multiple awards and published six times in the national jewelry maker’s magazine Step by Step Wire, Delia’s techniques are adapted from the styles developed in ancient Egypt, Phoenicia, and Peru. Delia explains that contrary to popular misconception, wire work is indeed an art. It has just been a lost art for thousands of years and is finally re-emerging to take its place amongst the world’s aesthetics once again.
Along with the ancient and timeless techniques of history’s greatest civilizations, Delia’s signature Victorian era Needle-lace work, which she helped popularize amongst today’s jewelry artists, is characteristic of her great attention to detail. Her Green Corn stitch, inspired by her experiences in a traditional Muskogee Creek Stomp Dance society is especially popular amongst Native American style artists. Delia likes to work with precious and semi-precious stones; labradorite, ammonite fossils and carved bone. He work is bound exclusively with precious metals by cold-connection techniques, without glue or solder. These diverse influences and natural flowing techniques give Delia Stone’s work a timeless character that is both classical and modern.
A lover of nature, Delia first began making wire jewelry in 1991 by wrapping polished stones for friends and family. Initially she made her pieces to give away as gifts as she developed her unique style. Knowledge of her work grew and Delia subsequently began receiving orders from people eager to commission and purchase her work. Being self-taught, Delia had to seek out and conceptually deconstruct the many styles and techniques she has since made a natural part of her art. As her talents developed she quickly began receiving requests for hands on jewelry lessons which inspired a line of Delia Stone original tutorials and a series of formal classes. She looks forward to teaching others what she struggled on her own to learn, giving her students something she never had; a professional foundation and instruction on basic to advanced techniques, encouraging the continuance of her craft for the future. She has taught wire-wrap jewelry classes all over the Southeast, and currently resides in Pensacola, Florida where she offers group classes and individual instruction by appointment. Delia firmly believes that to become a professional artist, one only need take their work seriously and understand the value of bringing a vision to life.
Awards: Current as of November 2010
Troyfest 2004 – Merit Award
Troyfest 2005 – Merit Award
Greater Gulf Coast Arts Festival Heritage Arts 2008 – Award of Excellence
Festival on the Green 2010 – Third Place
Troyfest 2010 – Seven Purchase Awards
Williams Stations Day 2010 – Merit Award and two Purchase Awards
Great Gulf Coast Arts Festival Heritage Arts 2010 – Award of Excellence
Publications: Current as of November 2010
Step by Step Wire Magazine 2005 – Wire Works Gallery Pages
Step by Step Wire Magazine 2007 – Wire Works Gallery Pages
Step by Step Wire Jewelry 2008 (Summer Issue) – Featured Tutorial: Needlelace Caged Pendant
Step by Step Wire Jewelry 2010 (Spring Issue) – Wire Works Gallery Pages
Step by Step Wire Jewelry 2010 (Summer Issue)- Wire Works Gallery Pages
Step by Step Wire Jewelry’s special issue: Best of Wire 2010 Featured Tutorial: Needlelace Caged Pendant