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Meet Mary Ellen Merrigan of Mary Ellen Beads


Mary Ellen Merrigan frames her life perspective as a string of colorful beads. Every bead, every day contributes to the whole. Her passion for all things bead-related ignited in 2007 when she made her first treasure necklace. The more she shares her heart’s delight, the more energized she is by creativity. Teaching, learning, and making call out Mary Ellen’s soul.


Her study of bead history, bead techniques and women artists continues to weave its way through her creative works. Mary Ellen, currently enrolled in a silversmithing series, is making precious metal clay components for her bead designs. Her enthusiasm for craftsmanship, fine detail, and style infuses her jewelry. She maintains she never meets a bead she doesn’t like and encourages everyone to play with beads. Yet, it’s her special penchant for matching the perfect bead and its properties to others that draws customers to her again and again.

You can find Mary Ellen at maryellenbeads.com

Meet Carl and Kathy King of Katrina Rey 


Katrina Rey is the creative collaboration of Carl and Kathy King, a husband and wife team. Carl has had a passion for painting and photography that has spanned over 40 years.  His style is defined by vivid colors and bold textures. Kathy, for as long as she can remember, has had a love for fashion and a passion for art and design. 

The paintings that inspire Katrina Rey's designs are brought to life in our South Fork, Colorado home. They take Carl's art and design clothing and accessories that will surround you in the colors of the canvas. Their goal is to make unique designs that will allow the woman wearing it to feel an inner sense of confidence. 

You can find Carl and Kathy at www.katrinarey.com

Meet Caitlin Velázquez-Fagley of Aguja y Clavo Jewelry Designs 


Caitlin Velázquez-Fagley is the owner and creator of Aguja y Clavo Jewelry Designs. She studied architecture at the University of New Mexico, moved to Spain, returned to work construction, and then began her jewelry company in 2017. She learned to do beadwork at the age of 14 and that was her first love for making jewelry. Caitlin combines beads and precious metals to create her pieces and gets her designs by researching ancient history, literature, traditional crafts, and architecture. She pursued her studies by attending the Santa Fe Community College and learned how to further improve on her silversmithing skills. Craftsmanship and quality are essential to her work and that's why she studies so much of ancient history. Caitlin was recently featured in Vanity Fair UK and in local publications like The Signpost and ABQ the Mag. She also recently received her New Mexico True certificate and is proud to represent New Mexico artisanship through her craft.  She doesn't create Southwestern jewelry but she is influenced by what is around her and loves using silver and turquoise in her work, when the design calls for it. Each of her pieces are made by hand, using techniques that were being used thousands of years ago, and she believes in preserving history through her jewelry. 

You can find Caitlin at www.agujayclavojewelry.com