Cliff Swain-Salomon is an off-the-loom seed bead weaver known for creating non-traditional jewelry shapes and pushing the boundaries of color exploration. After injuring and losing use of both of his hands for over three years, he began beading when a friend recommended he try it as part of his hand rehabilitation therapy. Once he started, he was hooked.
In all of his pieces, Cliff integrates over 30 years of study in multiple fields, including graphic design, painting, as well as apprenticeships with several medicine men and women, exploring sacred geometry and chromotherapy. His art has been featured in several publications and exhibits, including Bead & Button (October 2018, June 2019, August 2019), Toho Bead Galleries in Osaka and Tokyo, Facet Jewelry, Style Magazine, and the upcoming Contemporary Geometric Beadwork Vol. 3, to name a few. Toho Beads also invited him to be a featured artist for their 2019 and 2020 Toho Bead Challenge. Cliff has won several awards for his work including the People’s Choice Award for Bead Dreams 2018, Juror’s Selection at Placer Artists Studio Tour, and the Facet Jewelry Reader’s Choice Award July 2019 and Judges Award November 2019.
Cliff teaches beadweaving at various stores and retreats, as well as at the Bead & Button show. He also has been an invited lecturer and teacher for various bead societies Internationally.