Karen Rakoski is a designer, artist and author who enjoys working with fibers, silver, glass, gems and wire materials. Her jewelry projects have been published in magazines such as Art Jewelry, Bead and Button, Step by Step Wire and featured in the books 30 Minute Earrings and 30 Minute Rings ( Lark/Sterling). She has won awards at the local and international levels for her jewelry designs and creations. She teaches both children and adults through classes, writing, and videos. Born in the Midwest, she now lives in upstate New York with her husband and two cats where she continues to create and share her ideas.