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Our Town Iowa City - Art You Can Wear
IOWA CITY - Dawns Hide and Bead Away could be mistaken for a candy store, the glistening goodies won't rot your teeth, but they might spark your creativity.
"There's a lot of artistic people in our community who are looking for a way to create something," said Dawn Harbor, Dawn's Hide and Bead Away.
You can design the beads from their beginning, with glass from Italy against a flame. Dawn is part coach part cheerleader. And the glass is thankfully pretty forgiving.
"All over the world they do them in this technique and have done it for thousands of years," said Harbor.
Once the bead is formed you can add decorative touches with a different colored glass. Then it's off to bake in the kiln. The finished beads are shiny and unique. Just like the way you choose to arrange them. It's a lifelong love that can start at any age.
"I have dear fond memories of people in their 90's still attached to beads and watching little kids get their first bug bite in here you know," said Harbor.
Glass beads are just one variety, there are crystals, pieces of metal, and shells. Each design is like a mini sculpture, wearable art that can coordinate with your mood or outfit.
And Dawn has found a perfect fit for 20 years with her small business here in Iowa City.