About the artist
Bonnie Van Hall was born in 1962 in Grand Haven, Michigan. In 1987, she learned basic beading techniques and began to make jewelry. After several years of travel, Bonnie settled in Prescott, Arizona, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Transpersonal Psychology. In addition to her studies in the realm of mind and spirit, she has spent many years researching a variety of other topics, such as quantum physics, sacred geometry, fractal mathematics, mythology and cosmology.
In 1997, after ten years of working with various off-loom jewelry-making techniques, Bonnie began to pursue a long-held interest in creating larger pieces. Intrigued with the possibilities inherent in beading larger surface areas, she designed and executed several tapestries on a large hand-made beading loom. While these tapestries allowed for more versatility in pattern design because of their larger size, she found that they lacked a flexibility in form, as they were limited to the size and shape of the loom itself. In utilizing aspects of both types of work (both on- and off-loom), she has conceived a line of clothing that incorporates a “fabric”, similar to a glass chain mail, made entirely of beads and thread. This, she finds, allows her the versatility necessary to incorporate larger and more intricate patterns, while rendering a finished piece that is no longer restricted to the rectangular shape imposed by the loom.