Yehudit (Deet) Newman is a West Michigan bead artisan exhibiting and teaching beadwork, favoring off-loom bead weaving techniques. Interested in beading as a child, Deet began serious beadwork in the late 90s and polymer clay in 2000. Since that time her work has been collected and published, and she has exhibited in Chicago, Illinois; NE Wisconsin; Naples, Florida; Memphis, Tennessee and throughout Michigan. With degrees in Occupational Therapy and Psychology, Newman has no formal training in design, but has a natural ability to fuse color, texture and scale in fresh and surprising ways. Reflecting her Jewish heritage, Deet produces polymer clay hannukiot and beaded dreidels. 14 years ago her son Jacob wanted to explore the wonderfully colorful and tactile world of polymer clay. Being the good Jewish mother that she is, she signed up with her son for classes at the Siever Island School of Fiber Arts on Washington Island in Lake Michigan. Since that time, her fascination with the medium has led Yehudit to explore the infinite range of color, pattern, and shape that polymer clay provides. Today Deet offers polymer clay jewelry made from beads of her design and manufacture. Applying millefiori, caning and other techniques she explores an infinite range of color, pattern and shape. These same beads Newman presents in a bead bar. The bar allows patrons a true hands-on activity to select and assemble their own simple creations on site - very popular with children and adults alike.
Yehudit's ArtPrize Entries
These are Yehudit's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Yehudit's Past Work
These are images of past work that Yehudit has done.