By Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, [email protected]
Tracey Beale first channeled her considerable artistic energy into a jewelry business in 2003. But, the Baltimore native has been a formidable creative force since prior to her days as a student at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), in the 1990’s.
“It’s like this need to create in general. I’m always full of ideas, I always have the next thing in my head that I want to do, or what would be a good idea,” Beale said “And then through creating, especially through jewelry and the wall art I usually make connections with people…and not just on a come up kind of thing, but genuinely meeting people and getting to know people.”
Beale pulled back a bit from the business aspect of her jewelry making between 2007 and 2010, which coincided with relocations to Germany and New Orleans, as well as a shift to teaching. But, she never stopped creating her unique pieces.
“My style of jewelry making is not traditional by any means and when it comes to jewelry making I’m mostly self-taught,” Beale said. “So, there’s a lot of things that I’ve just sort of like developed, techniques I’ve developed on my own. I kind of have my own point of view, or my own perspective on jewelry that doesn’t really come from like another place.”
Beale said she tends to gravitate to metals, specifically sterling silver and copper in her jewelry making and her art. But, “the need to create” is what ultimately propels her.
“I think it’s something that I have to do, regardless,” Beale said with laugh.