Melissa Grakowsky Shippee is an exceptionally talented bead artist and published beadwork designer and instructor. She teaches bead workshops internationally, contributes regularly to books and magazines, and has won numerous awards for her work.
A native of Eastern Connecticut, Melissa studied locally and received a BFA in Art and a BS in Physics from the University of Connecticut. Her publications and contributions include a full-length instructional beading book called “I Can Herringbone”, articles in Beadwork
magazine, Bead Star
magazine, and Perlen Poesie
, plus contributions to Lark Publishing's"Beading All Stars", "1000 Beads", and "500 Necklaces". Melissa’s awards include gold and silver grand prizes and a People’s Choice Award in Fire Mountain Gems contests as well as an award in Bead&Button’s annual BeadDreams Competition.
Melissa doesn’t think of what she creates as just jewelry. Instead, beads and thread are just a creative medium with which she explores the possibilities of design, form, color, shape, and movement. Her work is inspired by the colors and shapes of nature and she incorporates mathematical principles in her designs. Each piece is a gorgeous manifestation of her expert skill and love for the art of beading.