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Anima Designs Shop
2917 Graham Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15235-1524 

We offer unusual craft items and beads, beading supplies, loose beads, Mexican folk art items for mixed media, jewelry making, quilting, scrapbooking, collage.  We have been in business since 2000 and are constantly scanning the globe for cool beads, pendants and other artistic supplies.

Our Mission

Whether you are a fine artist, beader, book artist, crafts person, hobbyist or part of the maker movement, our goal is to provide you with unusual supplies for all of your creative endeavors. We feature unique beads, 
art and crafts supplies, collage, mixed media and altered art supplies, beads, jewelry suppliesvintage photographsartistic rubber stamps, embellishments and craft items that go beyond the unusual to add extraordinary touches to all kinds of arts and crafts including jewelry, mixed media, assemblage, fiber arts, quilting, collage and scrapbook projects and more. We hope to be one of your go to resources for your creations.

Our Offerings

Our focus is on unusual craft items, beads and amulets.

Our collection ranges from 
adinkra charms and other metal embellishments; jewelry and jewelry suppliesin particular, ceramic beads, and hand-carved bone beads. We have a large selection of skull beads in a variety of materials; especially bone beads and ceramic beads.

Our jewelry and pendants make unique gifts for all occasions.  We also have an extensive collection of saint charms, buddhist amulets and other items for creating sacred jewelry.

We love the thrill of the hunt: seeking out items that can't be found everywhere and items which are rare or in short supply. We include 
folk art objects from around the world with a particular emphasis on unique objects from Mexico, Haiti and Latin America that can help you create your very own version of Mexican folk art; tools to enhance your crafts and creative expression and other craft items.

We have a dwindling supply of 
vintage photographs from many different historical eras. You will find these listed in a separate category in our online catalogue.

Samples and Tutorials

Our Walnut Ink Definitions and Tutorials and other step by step instructions in the More Creative Projects area are areas of the site that you will want to visit to jump-start your creative journey.

We sincerely hope that you enjoy exploration of our site.

Book Arts

Here's our 
Introduction to Book Arts which includes some definitions, a gallery and links.

Tips & Tricks

These Other Tips and Techniques will be sure to light your imagination and should serve only as a starting point for your artistic experiments that can help you get the most out of our products.

Anima Defined

an·i·ma ( n -m )
n.1. The inner self of an individual; the soul.; 2. In Jungian psychology: a. The unconscious or true inner self of an individual,as opposed to the persona, or outer aspect of the personality. b. The feminine inner personality, as present in the unconscious of the male.It is in contrast to the animus, which represents masculine characteristics.

[Latin anima; see an - in Indo-European Roots.] 
an - Important derivatives are: anima, animal, animus, equanimity, unanimous. To breathe. Suffixed form *an -mo-. a. anima, animadvert, animal, animate, (animato), animism, animosity, animus;equanimity, longanimity, magnanimous, pusillanimous, unanimous, from Latin animus,reason, mind, spirit, and anima, soul, spirit, life, breath; b. anemo-, from Greek anemos, wind.

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