Carson City bead weaving artist spotlighted at Brewery Arts Center

A hand beaded necklace by Suzy Musil.

A hand beaded necklace by Suzy Musil.

A Carson City bead weaving artist who creates necklaces, brooches, bracelets and other items is bringing her work to the Brewery Arts Center.

Suzy Musil’s pieces can be seen in the Artisan Shop inside the BAC through October. She will be talking about her work at a free reception from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 in the Artisan Shop.

Musil said her addiction to the world of beads began with a trip to the Gem and Mineral Show in Tucson, Ariz. Upon her arrival a new world opened up; her inner magpie was captured by the myriad of bright, sparkly objects. She was determined to do something creative with all those gemstones and jewels.

After some trial and error, she discovered her forte is bead weaving: the assemblage of wearable object d’art using beads, needle and thread.

Each of her pieces is created one bead at a time. This comes as no surprise, as her previous artistic ventures include a Bachelor of Science in Textile Design, designing one-of-a-kind fabric for a Los Angeles-based menswear firm, and creating custom garments for discerning clients.

With the transfer of the textile industry to countries overseas, Musil went back to school and obtained a master’s in computer science. She has perfected her digital aptitude in the care and feeding of computers while keeping a hand in the textile arena, sewing garments and creating mixed media artwork.

Musil’s relocation to the Carson City area in 2012 opened an opportunity for the public to view and acquire her artwork.

Lately she has been exploring geometric bead weaving, creating three-dimensional designs which swirl, spike and swoop. She has a particular affinity for Day of the Dead, creating commemorative jewelry each year to celebrate the holiday.

Her goal for each creation is to bring a smile and sense of joy, taking the wearer on a journey of whimsy and delight. Jewelry offered at the Brewery Arts Center reflects her continued exploration of the genre.

Musil’s bead work also is carried in museums in Nevada and Arizona, as well as private collections throughout the Southwest. New pieces are premiered on her blog at

The Brewery Arts Center’s Artisan Shop is at 449 W. King St., at the corner of King and Division streets.

For more information, call the Brewery Arts Center office at 775-883-1976.


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