Linda Karuso is a school teacher, specialising in gifted and talented education for very able students, and she lives in Sydney, Australia with her family. She grew up with jewellery, scraps of silver and gold, precious and semi-precious stones all around her as her father was a talented amateur silversmith and cut stones as a hobby. Even though her father has now passed away, he continues to be a great source of inspiration to her.
"When designing a bead for the People's Bead Spiritual Collection, I sought inspiration from those beads I love. I wanted a design that would embody the spiritual theme in a strong, structural bead that would make a bold statement on a bracelet. I also wanted something that would use an oxidised finish in sections to give the bead depth and character."
Linda Karuso is one of the winners of People's Bead 2012 and designed World Within for the Spiritual Collection.