Glass seed-bead artist and weaver specializing in decorative pieces for interiors.
Seed bead sculptures range from 7 - 22" high, and and can withstand direct sunlight, as colors are baked into the glass during production. My signature "glass curtains" are pictorial fabric window treatments comprised entirely of glass seed beads, whose translucence and colors are manipulated and enhanced by changing sunlight.
Other bead-art services include restoration and repair of Victorian beaded purses and clothing. Free consultations and estimates.
Weavings include rugs, pillows, window treatments, and table linens. Commissions accepted in both beadwork and weaving.
My work is in collections in Europe, Tunisia, and the US, and has been featured on magazine covers, as well as textile art and interior design magazines and books.
Denise Perreault has been captivated by prisms ever since discovering them as a child, and refracted light remains the most exquisite natural phenomenon for her. She enjoys the challenge of creating “glass curtains” and sculptures from thousands of tiny glass seed beads, which can take over a year to complete. Each piece allows Perreault to indulge her enchantment with light pouring through transparent colored glass, where the beauty of the beads is exaggerated, and the changing light manipulates the beads into constantly shifting, glowing hues. Much of Perreault’s beadwork is intended to be displayed in light to capture this phenomenon.
She is strongly influenced by medieval art and architecture, as well as textiles, historical costumes, fashion, and iconography. Her sculptures usually employ found objects, which provide the inspiration for a particular piece. Perreault considers her work to be part of the contemporary folk art genre, an art form she collects internationally and is passionate about, as it is largely practiced by self-taught artists like herself, and exerts a humbleness and humanity that she admires.
While Perreault’s pieces often provide social commentary through these elements, she hopes that a moment of whimsy or enchantment will be experienced by viewers of her work.