Maiko Kage Felton.
Maiko lives in Irvine, California, USA, but she kept close
relationship with her native country Japan, she has
experienced much success as a bead designer in Japan.
She started her career nearly a decade ago when
she happened upon some American beading magazines.
Impressed by the beauty of the pieces profiled in the
magazines, Maiko set out to master various beading
techniques. Her pieces tend to explore the interplay
between symmetry and nature. In the studio Maiko
prefers to let her creativity flow freely; this allows the
piece to define itself during its creation. She has been a
finalist in the Bead Dreams contest in 2005, 2006, 2007
and 2008. Her work has also placed in the Bead Arts
Awards in 2005 and 2006. Maiko has published two
beading books in Japan. She routinely conducts beading
seminars throughout Japan and has had her tutorials
appear in Bead & Button Magazine.
Albina Polyanskaya is one of the most talented professional
beaded jewelry designers we have come across. She has been
creating jewelry for much of her life. Albina, who lives
in Kharkov, North-East of Ukraine, has said that jewelry
design is her way to express herself. For many years she
has developed her skills in beading techniques learning
peyote stitch, square stitch, cross stitch, etc. Albina
likes working with beads and gemstones, pearls and shells,
creating impressive free-from designs. She is a very
cheerful and life-loving person and feels that surroundings
are great influencers our emotions and behavior. She is a
winner of many local and international jewelry design
contests, a permanent participant of bead exhibitions.
Albina is also an experienced teacher and a writer: last
year Albina published a book "Beadwork: 100 patterns"
Peter Sewell, bead artist and beadweaving teacher, lives
in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England. He made his first
beadwoven square in January 2007, then set out to learn as
many beading stitches as he could find, keeping the one's
he liked, and filing the one's he didn't. Three months
later Peter made his first real piece, a netted Egyptian
collar from a design by Varvara Konstantinov. This attracted
him to the historic style of Imperial Russia and Eastern
Europe, which seemed to suit his need for technicality and
precision in design. Peter's designs have recently been
called "bead engineering", and he likes that label, it is
very close to how Peter sees his work. Peter's Sonya
Necklace is gracing the front cover of the Oct/Nov 2010
issue of Beadwork Magazine, Adele Necklace is featured in
the December issue of the German Perlen Poesie Magazine.