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Candie Cooper
posted: 10/08/2009

Hi, I'm Candie.  I've never met a craft material I didn't like.  I was born in small town Indiana in one of the craftiest homes I know.  My mom and I were always making stuff.  I started making jewelry in about eighth grade.  The first jewelry project I remember really making was for Earth Day.  I glued a leaf to a flat river stone, wire wrapped it and hung it from some suede lace.  If that doesn't say I was going to be a mixed media jewelry maker, I don't know what does!  After high school, I headed off to Purdue University to major in Art Education and Fine Arts.  I minored in Art History-what's another couple of credits?!?!  It was a great experience and I had wonderful professors.  I emphasized in Jewelry and Metalsmithing.  Once out of school, Istarted looking for ways to live abroad.  In between all that, I did a few art fairs and shows.  Next thing I knew, a year or so later I was on a plane to China.  I've been in shows nationally and internationally.  I currently work as a project designer for various publications.  Check out my new book, Metalworking 101 for Beaders! and Felted Jewelry...