About

Greetings! Thank you for visiting my website. I am Vena, a bead artist, who designs and makes Ifetayo Artwear, a unique line of beaded jewelry.

I have studied the beading techniques and patterns of many cultures as well as with master beaders. My designs incorporate traditional beads and patterns from African and Native American cultures. In addition to making jewelry, I lead workshops and The Grown Ass Mama Tour ™ retreat. In these experiences, I seek to create safe spaces for women to heal and rejuvenate themselves, often using the healing power of crystals.

As a child, I was encouraged by my parents to explore my creativity in many ways. Although I began making jewelry in high school, I did not discover it as my creative niche until I relocated from Brooklyn, New York to Atlanta, Georgia in the early 90s.

My designs seek to make a statement and complement your beauty and energy through bold color combinations as well as healing energy. In addition to making jewelry, I love to explore cultures through traveling. I also enjoy cooking, writing and am the mother of two amazing young adults.

Ifetayo is a word from the Yoruba culture of Nigeria that means “love is a gift” or “love brings happiness.” Connect with me: IG: @ifetayoartwear