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By Vandy Leigh Posted Dec 23, 2018 at 3:15 AM Recently, a friend and I drove to Newmarket to attend the Wrong Brain Holidaze Bizaare. This is an art show featuring art and gifts that are unusual. We were disappointed to discover that Newmarket was packed (Go Newmarket!) there was no place to park despite our circling around and around. Lucky for us, it is the art and craft show time of year. A quick search on my smart phone revealed that North Hampton had the Seacoast Artisans’ Fine Arts and Crafts Show happening in the old Staples building. We found many items fitting the “craft” category, but as luck would have it, I happened upon the booth of Madbury artist Kim Zielinski. In the dark, cavernous space, Zielinski’s work shown bright. The word that immediately described it for me was “elegant.” Zielinski, whose artistic business is called Mill Hill Arts, creates beaded embroidery. “The history of beading is as old as man,” says Zielinski. “There are Native American influences and Asian influences, beaded embroidery is a very modern interpretation.” Zielinski always loved working with her hands but was a singer until 12 years ago when she was diagnosed with meningitis. Her nervous system was affected, and she was no longer able to sing. “Now most of the right side of my body is affected, I have muscle contracture. It affects my hands, I needed something I could do to move my hands. With this (beaded embroidery), I can relax and meditate and create in a calm way,” she says. Area Arts: Artist Kim Zielinski creates elegant beaded embroidery
Life for Zielinski is full. She is living with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) from her past meningitis infection which requires ongoing treatment that includes lengthy infusions (one takes six hours four times a month) and medications. She has a 15 and a 17-year-old, “I’m trying to get everyone driving,” she says. Her husband works “crazy hours” and she has a flock of chickens and guineas. She has her hands full, but still makes time to create and go to some shows. “I’m restricted by my health consequences,” Zielinski explains, “I am sensitive to noise, it is difficult to be in big groups, I need to spend time alone, this gives me time to create. I come from a background of creativity. I am from a long line of singers, painters and artists. My great-grandfather was a furniture carver. People on my mother’s side of the family never say, ‘You can’t do that, you can’t make a living.’ They know you can or at least will enjoy trying. In my family creativity is highly valued.” Zielinski started making beaded embroidery fiveyears ago. She is self-taught from YouTube videos and some books. “There are not many of us doing this,” she explains. “There are some famous men and women out there but there are no big manufacturers catering to us.” There was a problem with the felt foundation that the beading is sewn to, it was too heavy. So, Nicole Campanella, who does beading herself, began making thinner felt. “If people doing this find a problem, they solve it and then sell it (the solution) to the rest of us,” says Zielinski. “I stay in touch with other artists by reading blog posts, online articles, Instagram, and I am planning to attend a bead retreat in Ogunquit this coming May. The retreat is run by SocialBedia and features some great bead embroidery teachers from across the country.” Although Zielinski began doing beaded embroidery as a therapy for her hands, she now does it for the satisfaction. “Some pieces come together quickly. Then sometimes I find a cabochon (a polished precious stone) from a lapidary artist that is intriguing, but I don’t have a plan for it. I will let it sit on the window sill of my studio. Then one day I know exactly what to do with it. I had a pendant that came together but then I pulled multiple strands apart multiple times until I liked it. I am more interested in the final product than how much time I spend on it. I rarely do copies; all of my pieces are one of a kind. Mainly I make pieces to please myself. There are so many jewelers at shows you need something unique and compelling. I try to satisfy my own creative urges so that something sings. I try to work with size and scale versus design. I scale to what I think people would want to wear. I create what I have the urge to create.” Zielinski who says she doesn’t have much of a reputation yet, has begun shooting to get into high-end shows, and that is exactly where her work belongs. Last year, she received third place in the Western New York Corn Hill Arts Festival in a pool of 70 jewelers. The year before she placed second in a pool of 65. She says, “This medium is awesome because it is highly portable. I can plan a piece out and can make it at a show; I can get work done and people can see the process.” As I interview artists, I am often in awe of how they confront obstacles. They use their creativity to climb over them, go around them, go under them, go through them and, in Zielinski’s case, incorporate them. The beauty of her work doesn’t even hint at the struggles of the artist. Her work is definitely fine art and it is elegant. She says, “Beaded embroidery is not popular yet, but it will be.” I believe it will be with her help. Vandy Leigh is a teaching artist and storyteller. She can be reached by email: AreaArts@yahoo.com Kim Zielinski For a show schedule and online store, visit MillHillArts.com For more information, email MillHillArts@gmail.com