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Yello Interviews Artist and Jewellery Designer Gale Tibbetts

by Chantel DaCosta Mar 11, 2022

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Gale Tibbetts Cayman artist and jewellery designer
Gale Tibbetts – Caymanian artist and jewellery designer

Gale Tibbetts is a Caymanian artist who has been interested in art and crafts since she was a young girl. Gale is also the founder of the Caymanian jewellery line, Bee Line Design and Jewelry. Yello had a chance to chat with Gale about her company and her work in the Cayman Islands.

What three words best describe you?

Kind, creative, generous.

Tell us a bit about your background.  

I’ve been making jewellery and painting and doing arts and crafts, which seems like forever. I love every minute of it. It is my happy place.

Were you always a creative person?

Yes, at an early age I always enjoyed being creative. Sewing, painting, drawing, making jewellery. My mother, Evelyn, was a great influence. She still sews and does craft at 87 years old.

Caymanite gem beaded bracelet from Bee Line Design and Jewellery
Caymanite bead bracelet – Bee Line Design and Jewellery

Tell us about Bee Line Design and Jewelry? How did you get started?

I have been making jewellery since I was 14. Over 20 years ago, I lost my sister, Brenda to breast cancer. I started Bee Line Designs, and named it after her, hence the “Bee”. In her memory, I donate a portion of the proceeds to the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign with the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens of Grand Cayman.

What is Bee Line Design and Jewelry’s unique selling point?

Being a Caymanian artist and handcrafting or making my pieces here in Cayman. Most of my items are unique one-of-a-kind pieces, and I like to make a good quality item.

Sea inspired hand-painted pendant with Cayman beach sand – Bee Line Design & Jewellery

 Who are your clients? How do they find you?

My clients are a wide range of people. With the variety of the locals in Cayman, to tourists who visit the islands. My prices can fit many budgets. My pieces are available at the Camana Bay Market on Wednesdays. On Grand Cayman, you can find my collections at Pure Art Gallery & Gifts, Cayman Scents shop, National Gallery, Goodness, etc.

 What inspires you?

I am inspired by many things. The beauty of Cayman and the tropical surrounding are a good motivation to influence me. From the green hues of the island, to the multiple of blues and turquoise water of the sea, onto the colours at sunset. Going into my studio and seeing my beads, paints, and materials, definitely stimulates my creativity. They are all a motivation.

 What are your favourite materials to work with?

When making jewellery, I love working with all the colourful beads. Then when painting, I really enjoy blending colours together to just see the fabulous results.

What advice would you give aspiring Caribbean artists?

I would advise them to be confident in your work. But let there always be room for developing and improving your skills and techniques. You do have to put yourself out there so the world can view your works of art. Be active in your local art clubs. I am a member of the Visual Art Society (VAS) of the Cayman Islands. I serve on the board for VAS. Helping to promote art and artists in our community.

Piece designed by Caymanian artist and jewellery designer Gale Tibbetts
Designed by Gale Tibbetts

What three things do you love the most about the Cayman Islands?

I love Cayman’s tropical paradise, serenity, and the people.

What is your philosophy/approach to life?

Be Cayman kind to others. When you fall, you must pick yourself up and keep going. When others around you fall, pick them up too. And dream big!

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?

The power to heal and cure.  I would want to be able to cure the sick people and animals and make them pain free.

You see more art and jewellery from Gale, follow her on Instagram, @beelinedesignjewelry.

Photographs provided by Gale Tibbetts