Eva Maria Keiser.
Eva Maria Keiser originally from Vienna, Austria,
currently resides in Boise, Idaho, USA. In 2000 bead
art was serendipitously introduced, complimenting a
multi-generational heritage of needlework. The medium
of beads added a new dimension of texture and light
refraction. Her passion for architected structural
design was renewed from witnessing the grandeur of
European masters. Many hours are dedicated to the
study and mastery of beadwork exploration. Interactive
narratives, surprising interiors, unique colorways,
and tactility attained from multiple layers best
describe her work. Eva Maria's business services and
corporate training consultancy is integrated and
enhanced through the process of her artistic
expression. Her work has been featured and published
in leading trade magazines.
Quote: "When I'm not beading, I'm sleeping." -
Eva Maria Keiser
Marcia Jestaedt lives in Bowie, Maryland. She is a ceramic
artist whose tile work consists mainly of orientally
inspired robes. She feels that design and color are basic
to all forms of art and that critical choices of both
determine its success or failure. She has been dealing
with these elements for over 35 years and continues to love
the challenge that they present. She spends many months
drawing her designs and choosing the colors that she thinks
will make the piece successful. The latter is very important
as once the piece is fired changes in color cannot be made.
She is a graduate of the University of Maryland having
majored in studio arts. She has taught both privately and
at various educational venues including the University of
Maryland. She has received many awards and grants, and her
work has been exhibited and is in collections throughout
the USA, Europe, Africa and Asia.
Patrizia Tager was born in Italy where she lived till
the age of 12. At the age of 12 her family moved to
London (UK) where she attended school and college.
She graduated with a B.A. Hons. in Fashion Design.
After college Patrizia moved to Israel, where she
resides today. Her interest in beadwork was ignited
after attending basic beadweaving classes at a local
bead shop. From that point on she set out to learn
as many beadwork techniques as she could find. She
fell in love with bead embroidery and throughout the
years developed her jewelry designs to incorporate
bead embroidery with different bead weaving techniques.
Her designs are contemporary using old traditional
techniques. Her work has been published in "Flatwork"
by Nicole Campanella and in Issue 23, January 2011 of
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"
Birgit Bergemann is from Biesenthal, Brandenburg,
Germany. She always loved to be creative, and she has
knitted and crocheted. In 2003 Birgit learned beads,
started beading and soon turned that from a hobby to a
profession. In 2007 when she lost her job she decided to
open a bead shop. Her great advantage was that Birgit
already knew a lot about beads, their shapes and how to
use them best of all, and how to work with them. She also
believed that she was given a good feeling for colors and
what to advise to customers. Birgit's motto is to advise
her customers in such a way that they benefit from it.
Twice Birgit has entered bead contests from I-Perlen and
won first and second prizes. Since the beginning she has
been a member and an administrator of the German bead forum,
and since 2009 a staff member of the German Perlen