Meet the Artist

Brittney Switala

Welcome! I'm so glad you're here. I am Brittney Switala, the designer and maker of The Paper Bead Princess beads and jewelry. My journey to creating the work you see here was decades in the making. I am amazed at how Jesus weaves stories and people together at just the right time to create something unexpected.

Several things worked together to inspire me to begin paper crafting:

*My desire to use up my leftover scrapbooking supplies. I am a scrapper from way back, putting my first together as a 5th grader in the 80s

*My exposure to beautiful fair trade African art in the form of paper beads and bowls

*Amanda, a friend who taught me even if you are in a hospital bed you can still make beauty


I am a Midwestern, pop-drinking woman living in the South with a great husband and two kids... I have an adult daughter and a middle school son. I was a 20 year veteran Christian radio host before making a career in jewelry design.

I love raw. Raw people and the same with my beads. I want to see colors and glimpses of words from discarded pages. Recycled beauty.