My Story

Member of the Arts Alliance of Greater Bloomington.  Selling through the alliance's ArtBeat store in the College Mall in Bloomington Indiana and online at https://artbeatbloomington.square.site/shop/dorothy-lenard/13

I began working with beads in 2009, making jewelry for myself and friends. 

As I was honing my craft, I learned that a friend regularly visited orphanages in the Ukraine, and began donating jewelry for the kids.  Hence the name of my studio. 

When I began selling my work, I committed to donating a piece to the orphanages for every sale.


I love to work with natural materials, such as stone, wood, bone, and shell.  As a fair trade supporter, I often use beads and pendants made by fair trade artisans.  Recently I have been exploring many other uses for beads, such as face mask holders, beaded glassware and various types of charms.  I love variety!


I enjoy the design process, and offer custom design services in which the customer and I work together to select the elements used in a new piece.  I offer beaded watches as a custom item, as watches require a precise fit.  I also offer jewelry repair and modification services. 


I spent my professional career as a rehabilitation counselor, and have many years of working with individuals with disabilities.  I can modify or custom design a piece for anyone with special needs, such as difficulty with clasps or sensory sensitivities.