Trollbeads Insider: Designer Kevin Powell

By now all of you will be familiar with the lovely new addition to the collection, “Loving Light”, by Peoples Bead winner and designer Kevin Powell.  However, perhaps you are unaware that this artist is a local resident and Tartooful regular – how exciting to have a Trollbeads designer in our midst!

On Trollbeads Universe Kevin writes, ”

“I love going on hikes in the mountains to look at the subtleties of nature, but when I bring my sketchbook, I stop looking and begin seeing. There’s a fundamental difference between just looking at something as mundane as a leaf and seeing it for it’s true form by drawing it. I feel this process gives insight and allows me to see that the common place objects passed by everyday tend to be the most interesting.”

We spoke with Kevin recently to ask him for some personal insight into his creative process and the story of this particular design.  We were delighted to find that it was truly a love story…

It begins with a background in art and design… as his artist’s statement says,

“Kevin studied painting and drawing with the very talented oil painter and teacher Aeron McBryde for three years.  From there he went into the animation program at the Art Institute of Vancouver, studying everything from storyboarding to art history”.

However, it was his equally artistic girlfriend Jennifer who introduced Kevin to Trollbeads.  She is an avid collector of Trollbeads, and Kevin has helped her to create a beautiful and substantial collection through gifts for every occasion that they share.  Jennifer’s creative spirit finds expression both through her Trollbeads bracelets, and though the lovely jewellery boxes she creates for her fortunate friends and family.  Note the meticulous details that she incorporates in each of her boxes…

When Kevin was introduced by Jennifer to Trollbeads he found an inspiring new medium.  As he says,

“…being a little familiar with sculpture I found it quite remarkable that they could produce this incredible detail in such a small space..”

When he came across the Peoples Bead contest online on, Kevin decided to enter a design that Jennifer and he had often discussed:

” I remembered  Jennifer saying that she’d always wanted a round bead with a cross on it with a heart in the middle. By coincidence the theme was spirituality so immediately I grabbed a pen and the closest thing nearby which happened to be a cereal box to sketch some ideas and came up with the “Loving Light” design. I then transferred those drawings over to a sketchbook to make it suitable for submitting.”

Kevin entered not one design, but three.  All were compelling concepts, and might easily have been selected as a finalist, but Trollbeads decided that only one design per artist would be allowed, so the “Fox and the Hare” and “Koi Pond” were not in the 100 designs on which we all voted.

Kevin commented on Trollbeads’ choice…

“I’m actually glad they picked Jen’s (design) due to her love of collecting Trollbeads…”

“The relationship between humanity and god. The crosses represent faith in god, the heart represents god’s love and the star represents the light of god.”

The rest is history… Kevin and Jennifer’s design stood out from among more than 10,000 entries, was voted on by Trollbeads collectors from all over the globe, and is now part of the 2012 Spiritual Collection.  Kevin Powell is now known around the world as part of the elite group of artists that have created Trollbeads, but he remains modest and is quick to credit Jennifer for her role in the design…

“… for those of you who like this bead, please thank Jennifer as well…”

Congratulations to both of you on the success of your design, and thank you for sharing your story with the readers of our blog… We look forward to hearing where your art takes you next!


5 thoughts on “Trollbeads Insider: Designer Kevin Powell

  1. Such a beautiful story!! Her collection is drool worthy, and I am so in love with the Koi Pond design! What an amazing couple! Thank you for sharing.

  2. I echo Cristi’s sentiments. I would love to see the other two designs come to fruition, they would both be a wonderful addition to my Spring Meadow bracelet. All the best to this very talented and devoted couple.

  3. Beautiful bead wit a great thought and message behind it. I hope I will get this bead from my children as a birthday present.
    When the bead had a 6-pointed star, (Star of David) it would be even more beautiful to me, as a Christian womnan.

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