Chris Mode earned her art-teaching degree and a BA with a focus in watercolors from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 1987. She put her talents in art, education, and business to work shortly after graduation and has been self-employed since 1989.
Her company, Creative Mode, was originally a rubber stamp company with over 1,200 images and the developer of the “ReMountable System” in 1989, a temporary clear acrylic mounting system widely used in the rubber stamp industry today. In 2002, Chris was smitten by the creation of lamp work beads and metal smithing. It didn’t take long for the jewelry design to over shadow the rubber stamps and her business began to shift.
Chris is also active in promoting her own bead show in Madison, Wisconsin. The Art Glass and Bead Show has been an annual spring event since 2005.
Additionally, Chris owns a watercolor company know as Nicholson’s Peerless Transparent Watercolors which were originally developed in 1885 as the first method for tinting black and white photos. The paints are now manufactured by Chris in her Stoughton, Wisconsin, studio and used for all types of artistic expression. She sells them worldwide.
Chris Mode has taken her passion for art and transformed it into a successful business. She is lucky enough to consider her passion for art a career.