Born in the Bronx, Carolyn received a BA from NYU in 1964 and an MLS at Berkeley in 1965. After serving as a librarian and library educator in California, Maryland, and Washington, DC, Carolyn's creativity and entrepreneurial spirit led her to start Carolyn Forsman Conversation Piece Jewelry (also known, for a time, as Beadweaver). Among her signature items were the hugely popular "Banned Books" bracelets, featuring covers of banned and challenged books.
Carolyn Forsman is an extraordinary woman who designs remarkable jewellery including the "I read banned books” necklace and bracelet. A former public reference librarian, library educator and American Library Association councillor, Carolyn supports the Freedom to Read Foundation. She uses her commitment to creativity and books, anti-censorship and reading, to design magnificent objects to both wear and think about. Forsman "endured long professional meetings designing beaded jewellery” and then went on to establish a successful business. But there remains a trace of librarianship in her work, through the belief in intelligence, wit and freedom of speech.