Annika deGroot

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I am living a most remarkable life! Lucky enough to mix and match my technical and artistic abilities with free abandon, over the years I've been a wardrobe mistress on a few feature films, editor on several commercials and I've worked in IT for a software giant for 9 years.

For me, micro-macramé is a synthesis of textiles and jewelry. It is an elegant, flowing art form sinuously shifting from knot to knot, creating waves of thread and stone. I use semi-precious stones, glass beads, Austrian and Czech crystals and found objects in many of my designs because I am continually mesmerized by the look of these materials.

My inspiration comes from children's books, second-hand stores, textiles, overheard conversations and imaginative what-ifs. My jewelry designs are meditations in color and texture. I often fall into an altered state as I work my way through a knotted piece.

Some of my macramé pieces reflect the intricate meanderings that encompass my everyday life. Other pieces, like my openwork macramé bracelets and chokers, are floaty little snippets of shimmery stained glass made to frame a wrist or neck.But I have to admit, making knotted jewelry isn't my only passion - I've had a long love affair with textile manipulation and other art forms, from marbling to mediaeval illumination to watercolor to glassblowing.

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