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Maiko Kage
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
Albina Polyanskaya. 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" (in Russian).


Peter Sewell
Peter Sewell. 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.

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