Featured Artist Stephanie Failmezger

Featured artist Stephanie Failmegzer presents her portfolio of intricate Bead Mosaics.


beaded art "Pumpkinseed"


I have been working in the sign industry as a graphic designer for 23 years. In 2001 I discovered I was pregnant with my third child and decided to freelance at home. I stayed home for three years and had yet another child. It was during this time that I started painting and drawing again . When I had amassed a collection of art, my husband encouraged me to approach  local galleries, and thus at age 34, I began to take fine art seriously.


Beaded Art image of the Moon


Using art materials in an unusual way has always interested me. I began trying out different mediums. Oil paints, acrylics and oil pastels for starters. I especially loved oil pastels because of the expression and texture you can build up on a surface. As I began experimenting with different mediums I discovered beads, but not for making jewelry. I began working with beads in what I have termed “mosaic beadwork” and fell in love with the textures, colors and the patterns they make.


Beaded Art


The bead industry has grown tremendously since I first started and now the selections are almost endless, which has made me some what of a “bead-a-holic” I am constantly on the look out for different beads, even perusing antique stores for costume jewelry. I use many different beads or objects in my work. Some of which include, glass beads, lampwork beads, seed beads, metal beads, wood beads,  polymer clay, stained glass, and/or found objects. Each bead (or object) is set into place with glue and a tweezers and is hand  placed in different orientations depending on the texture I want to achieve.


Beaded Mosaic Art


Life in all its’ interconnectedness and intricacies is what inspire me. When I start placing beads in my work I am constantly aware that my work is about life itself. Each choice makes a difference, each bead plays a part, each combination creates a unique pattern. It is this relationship that fascinates me and connects me as an artist to the world around me. How incredible life is that each created element has a purpose. This process is what reveals to me the divine Creator and m y alliance in sharing in the creative experience.


Bead Mosaic


My dream is to make my studio work a full time career. I am working on the marketing side of the career spectrum, which as an artist I must say, is not in my nature. I am looking to expand some teaching avenues, and although I show my work in three local galleries I would like to expand  to surrounding areas.


Beaded Mosaic Jellyfish Design


If you have kept count from the beginning I now have four children ranging in ages 18 to 9 years of age. I work part time as a Graphic Designer at a local sign company and I work every second of the day that I am able on my artwork. I currently have a busy year, with three upcoming shows at local venues and a State Award competition in Madison, WI.



  1. Wonderful work of art

  2. Your artwork is amazing and has inspired me to do more with all of my beads. You are so amazing! I can’t imagine how many hours you have invested in each piece.

  3. Mike McClure says

    Thanks I am starting out in bead mosaic and am inspired by you.

  4. Just bought one of her beautiful pieces on my visit to Dubuque, Iowa and Galena, Illinois!

  5. Maggie Carey says

    I too have become interested in bead mosaics. I am just beginning. I am amazed you put each bead in one at a time. That is painstaking work! I tried adding a string of beads to one piece and had some success but found it a bit frustrating with the beads falling off the end when I cut the line. Still one at a time would take a very long time. You are an incredible artist. Thank you for the inspiration. Do you have any tutorials?

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