Beadwork Designer of the Year Melissa Grakowsky Shippee

Studio Profile: Melissa Grakowsky Shippee

Melissa Grakowsky Shippee is a prolific and very talented beader. She’s also one of our 2017 Beadwork Designers of the Year! We recently asked Melissa to share a bit about where she beads.
Q: Where is your current workspace located?
A: It’s a dedicated area of the basement in our new house that we designed and built. It takes up almost half of the basement!

In the Studio with Beadwork Designer of the Year Melissa Grakowsky Shippee

Sorting crystal fancy stones

Q: What do you love about your beading space?

A: I love the fact that it’s a dedicated space for my business/craft. I spent the past 9 years borrowing little bits of space from my bedroom, closets, living room, and attic in our tiny apartment. Now that we have our own house, I can actually have my own workspace–and it’s wonderful! The best part is being able to be alone there working, or have it shut away where I don’t have to look at it. Being able to separate family life from my work life is incredibly important for my mental health!

In the Studio with Beadwork Designer of the Year Melissa Grakowsky Shippee

Organizing kits

Q: What’s the ONE thing you would change about your studio if you could?

A: I would add windows! It’s in the basement, so unfortunately there’s no natural light. This is why I often bead upstairs in the main part of the house!

In the Studio with Beadwork Designer of the Year Melissa Grakowsky Shippee

Working on a design


For Melissa’s latest design in Beadwork magazine, check out the February/March 2017 issue.

Want to share your beading space with us? Email me at Lavon.Peters@fwmedia.com!

Lavon Peters
Managing Editor, Beadwork magazine


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