The Artist

Hi! I’m Jennifer Borek and I want to inspire you to Create Your Escape. I make luscious handmade beads and unique jewelry designed to help you break away from the every day. Whether it’s a small mental break during an intense period of focus, inspiration for your next amazing vacation, or maybe even a goal to make a break for it and live a more creative life, I want these sparkly little glass gems to serve as your daily reminder to escape, even for a moment. Designed to trigger memories of your last escape or your most inspiring vacation, I invite you to luxuriate in the calming colors and soothing textures of my artisan beads and handcrafted jewelry.

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Engineering My Own Escape

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Create Your Escape also summarizes my own journey with making jewelry and beads. This creative journey started out as a distraction and escaping the stress of a corporate day job. I started making jewelry as a hobby and would indulge my creative side when I got home in the evening. I sold many of my pieces right away. I also ran out of my most favorite beads right away.

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To address the struggle of finding the perfect bead for the perfect design, I started making my own glass beads. After years of experimentation, creative distractions (indie magazine publishing, surface pattern design, painting, course creation, sewing, upholstery), moving 11 times in 10 years, I finally came back to my first love of making beads and jewelry. 

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Seaside is my signature colorway inspired by my favorite escapes to Hawaii and a Caribbean cruise. Instead of making the finely decorated beads, I settled on a three-color swirl technique with supporting single color beads in a variety of organic shapes. It has taken me years to perfect the Seaside collection into a consistent colorway. When I string these little glass beauties up into jewelry it triggers fond memories of warm sand and mesmerizing waters.

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The purpose of my bead collections is to support jewelry designers with dependable colors and shapes for their own designs. I remembered back to when it was difficult for me to find the beads I really love and intentionally developed designer focused collections. I have two foundational collections of Beach and Citrus that are available to designers at any time. They are also inspired by living in a state that could also be known as “vacationland” - Florida.

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At the moment, I’m still plotting my escape from corporate and balance my art business with a day job and other volunteer activities. But I’m inching closer. Each bead I make and each person I connect with who wants to Create their Own Escape helps me move a little closer to that goal.