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Tammy Johnsen
Tammy Johnsen, aka Tamalin, is an award winning visual & jewelry design artisan. The passion to create started in her childhood. Peers entered her drawings in youth art exhibits, where recognitions of her talents had began. The love of beaded jewelry started when she was 12 years old. She began by the reconstruction of her mother’s broken jewelry with a sewing kit. Redesigning or repurposing of these pieces to make something that suited her sensitivities. In the mid 90’s Tammy gained formal beaded jewelry knowledge & construction technique training from The Bead Gallery in Ann Arbor, MI. It was while in their employ she first started to instruct jewelry technique classes and to sell her own jewelry designs. In 1999 Tammy became a mother. Her focus as a mother & provider had been quite singular until 2007, when she launched a small business called Tamalin Craft. Tammy began again to sell her works online, in boutiques and at juried art festivals throughout Greater Phoenix in her spare time. In 2010 she was awarded Grand Prize in the Soft Flex Companies Steampunk Jewelry Design Competition. This design was featured in Bead & Button, Stringing, and Bead Style magazines. Tammy has written technical instruction for 2 jewelry designs published in Bead Trends Magazine. Recently returning to college for her fine arts degree, her first year accolades include, 2014 MCC Student Art Competition “Best of Show” Award & Scholarship for her graphite drawing ‘Herald to the Fig Seer’; And 2014 MCC Recognition of Academic Achievement Award. Tammy continually strives to expand her jewelry creation technique repertoire through attending workshops, and her private studies. Tammy’s personal mission at The Mesa Arts Center is to share her years of knowledge & experience in beaded jewelry construction technique with the hope to inspire passion for this medium of self-expression and adornment.

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