My name is Heidi and my family and I currently live in beautiful Astoria, Oregon. Pacific Patina was born in the equally gorgeous Kodiak, Alaska.
I have been making jewelry and other handcrafts ever since I was a young girl. I enjoyed sewing, took an interest in weaving, but I immediately fell in love with beads and have been in that relationship for over 30 years now.
Fishing the Buskin River
Kodiak, Alaska 2012
I am a life-long learner and my husband’s career with the Coast Guard has taught me to be flexible and enjoy whatever teaching and learning opportunities I seek out in our transitory lifestyle. My son has taught me that I must maintain a balance with work and family to be truly happy. He also reminds me to share my passions with him. I can tell he is already a bit “bead crazy!”
When we were stationed in Kodiak I found great artistic inspiration when I discovered sea glass and sea pottery. The western US oceans and beaches are also a childhood love I have never let go.
Above: US Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk over Jewel Beach in Kodiak, Alaska - Summer
Below: US Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk taxiing in background - Winter
When it comes to my most recent addiction, kumihimo, I love being part of passing on and maintaining an ancient tradition.
Unfortunately, our last transfer from California to Oregon forced us to downsize significantly and my studio is presently boxed up in our garage. However, I am still as active as I can be with my website and yearn for the day I can unbox my tools!
If you are interested in joining a wonderful Facebook group to learn more about kumihimo, Sonia Davis and I would love to have you in KND! You can click the banner below to open Facebook in a new tab.