Trained in drawing and painting, Kim Van Antwerp first experienced the world of artful beading in 1997 when she started using polymer clay to create detailed canework. From there, she moved into Precious Metal Clay, wire work, seed bead weaving and embroidery, lampwork, and felting, most recently adding more advanced silversmithing to her bag of tricks. Today, she employs all of these skills in pursuit of expressing an aesthetic ideal whose focus is on hidden beauty, unexpected details, and unusual composition.
Her work has been featured in magazines and books, including “Bead&Button; 1000 Glass Beads”; “The Jewelry Architect” and “Contemporary Geometric Beadwork, Vol 2”. Her 2007 collaboration with glass artist, Wayne Robbins, a felt and glass sculpture titled "The Collector", was the winner of the People's Choice award at that year's Bead&Button Show BeadDreams competition.
In 2015, “Three Little Birds”, another collaboration with Wayne and his partner Judie Mountain, was awarded second place in BeadDreams Finished Jewelry category.
Kim is currently the art director for the forthcoming book, “Contemporary Geometric Beadwork, Volume III”. In addition to making new things and hoarding beads, Kim enjoys reading, listening to music, snowboarding, and mountain biking. Her bead heroes include Gail Crosman-Moore and Anne Choi. She currently lives in South Lake Tahoe, California.