Crystal Leslie of Ayana Creations!
Crystal currently resides in Richmond, VA. Ayana Creations, which blossomed on March 16, 2007, is the place where beads become life. She makes beaded flowers, jewelry and accessories. Ayana means "beautiful flower" in Ethiopian and so, she sculpts beautiful flower creations! Her gift is creating beaded flowers using the vintage art of French beading. Her flowers can be used for decorating, just like real flowers. What makes them unique is that they can be passed down as heirlooms and they truly are works of art.
She began making beaded flowers for stress relief when she was a domestic violence counselor. She is a self-taught artist and is passionate about making flowers come to life through seed beads. Her inspiration comes from everything around her, especially nature. She also donates a portion of her proceeds to local non-profit agencies.