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Artist of the Week: Joe Macom

Seattle might be notorious for niche coffee shops and scenic waterways, but locals know it's also home to an array of people who love to create. This city is chock-full of artists who we love to feature weekly on Seattle Refined! If you have a local artist in mind that you would like to see featured, let us know at And if you're wondering just what constitutes art, that's the beauty of it; it's up to you!

Seattle Refined: How long have you been creating? Do you work with other mediums?
Joe Macom: I started beading when I was about six years old. I learned from tribal elders and have taken my art into many different mediums.

Can you tell us about your artistic process and how the different stages work into it?
My process starts with the creation of a pattern of an individual or theme. After the pattern is created, I spend many hours of meticulous beading to create the finished piece. For my portraits I also create a hand drawn pencil portrait and hand-crafted wooden display case to house the artwork.

Tell us about where your inspiration for your art come from?
My inspiration comes from the beauty around us. From things in nature to the individuals around us who make a difference and inspire us.

Do you have a specific “beat” you like best – nature, food, profiles etc?
I enjoy creating from many different venues, but my specialty is the creation of hand-beaded glass portraits of people who make a difference in each of our lives.

Do you have one piece of art that means more to you, or is extremely special to you?
Yes. I created a glass portrait of Taylor Swift, hoping to someday create a world-wide raffle and donate the proceeds to St Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

What experiences in your life have affected your art the most?
I think that the beauty in the faces of both people and animals have inspired me the most. They give me hope, create faith and give us strength to continue in this most tragic world.

If we want to see more of your work where should we go to find?

What is next for you? Anything you’re working on right now that you’re really excited about?
I am currently preparing to create a portrait of Princess Diana hoping that her legacy will live on for the many achievements that she has given to the world.

Lastly, how do you take your coffee? We ask everyone!