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Stone of June:
The pearl has been known as a stone of sincerity,
bring truth to situations and loyalty to a cause.
It has been used to inhibit boisterous behavior,
and to provide a reflection of the self such that
one may see the manner in which one appears to
others. Zodiac signs: Gemini (Twins), Cancer (Crab).
Moonstone - gem of mysterious shimmer
only pearl, but also moonstone is the gem of June. Its
name is derived from a visual effect, or sheen, caused by
light reflecting internally in the moonstone from layer
inclusion of different feldspars.
The moonstone is actually
the feldspar variety known as "adularia", that was first
found in the European Alps near the Adula Group - hence the
name "adularia". Another synonym for moonstone is "selenite",
from the Greek word for "moon" - SELENE. Moonstone
can be numerous colors, including gray, white, pink, green
and brown, but the most valuable is deep blue.
Deposits of moonstone are found in many countries and places:
the European Alps, Brazil, India, Mexico, Myanmar, Madagascar,
Sri Lanka, the USA (specifically Pennsylvania and Virginia)
and Tanzania. However, it is Sri Lanka that produces the
highest quality moonstones.
Moonstone was very popular in the early twentieth century,
moonstone was used extensively in Art Nouveau jewelry (1890-1915).
As with most jewelry of this period, each gem was significant:
the diamonds symbolized eternity; the turquoise, true love;
and the moonstones, innocence.
By the way, Wilkie Collins' exotic mystery classic, The
Moonstone, published in 1868, isn't about a moonstone at all,
but rather an enormous yellow diamond, stolen from an Indian
Congrats to all 2009 Bead Dreams winners!
2009 Bead & Button Show taken place on May 31 - June 7,
in Milwaukee, WI, is already in past. This year in addition
to the Bead Dreams and Convergence exhibition there were
two more displays from Japan. The first one was an
exhibit of top award-winning pieces from the beadwork and
jewelry contest held at the Hakone Open-Air Museum. The
second one displayed a portion of the Treasures of TOHO
Emerging Artist Competition finalists. Certainly, one of
the biggest events of the show was the Bead Dreams 2009
exhibit where the contest finalists showcased their bead
The 2009 Bead Dreams best-in-show and 1st place ribbon winners are:
• Best-In-Show: The Sparkling Treasure Chest by Satoko Toyoda
• Runner-Up Best-In-Show: Luminous Blue/Green by Hatsumi Oshitani
• People's Choice Award: Triple Chain Glass Necklace by Fallah Funston
• Lampwork/Glass: Making the World Sweeter One Chocolate at a Time by Debra Kallen
• Polymer Clay: Big Bead - Chinese Cinnabar by Diane Villano
• Crystal Jewelry: Arabesque by Diane Hyde
• Metal Clay: The Garden of Good and Evil by Christi Andrson
• Finished Jewelry: Gold Glass Bubble Necklace by Charlotte Verity
• Seed Bead Jewelry: Luminous Blue/Green by Hatsumi Oshitani
• Objects or Accessories: The Sparkling Treasure Chest by Satoko Toyoda
Our warmest congratulations to all 2009 Bead Dreams winners!
Pictures from Bead & Button Show (courtesy
Melissa J. Lee)
Bead Dreams 2010 Rules
Colette L'Hopital-Navarre, who's name is sometimes
confused with the name of a hospital, was born in
Paris and began beading as an adult. In 2002, she
was in a terrible traffic accident and spent much time
in the hospital and then in a wheelchair. As a gift
during her recovery, her husband bought her a book
on beading. Colette was very excited and began surfing
Internet looking for any content about beading. Her
friends, who shared her new passion, suggested she buy
a book called "Creative Bead Weaving" by Carol Wilcox
Wells. It was Colette's first tutorial and she still
values it now.
In 2003, Colette bought a Russian book on beading and was
amazed by the style of Russian beaders, maybe because of
her Slavic roots. She also enjoys the work of American
beaders and learned from them the art of bead embroidery.
Her friends then introduced her to the design technique of
beaded lace which is now one of her primary techniques.
Her beading work often incorporates large stones and she
also showcases her fabric jewelry as well.
A graphic designer by education, Colette worked in publishing
for many years. She very much enjoys books, reading and
writing and when living in Paris, much of her spare time was
spent in museums, galleries and at exhibits. After learning
Russian beading techniques she now hopes to travel to Russia
one day and to visit well known world cities and museums.
In 1995 Colette and her family moved to province, to the
small city of Roquecor which is a tourist area, known by
picturesque rivers, lakes, valleys and gourmet food: foies
grass, bordeaux and kagor. It is here that she has done most
of her bead work.
To begin a new project, Colette makes some sketches of the item,
creates the elements of it separately and then puts them together.
She is not afraid to throw out her work if she doesn't like what
she has created. It is important to her that only her best work
be seen by others. Colette likes to try new techniques and
materials, even for simple designs. Colette believes that creativity
is an effort to make things that don't exist.
Gallery of bead artwork by Colette L'Hopital-Navarre
World of Beads VIII: A 20 Year Retrospective
The exhibit World of Beads VIII: A 20 Year Retrospective held by
The Bead Society of Greater New York
on June, 19-21, had a great success. This three-day juried exhibit
featured the unique beadwork of The Bead Society of Greater New
York (BSGNY) creative and talented members spanning the 20 years
of the organization's existence.
Yoshi Marubashi, Leah Becker, Evelyn Letfuss, Nina Libin, Linda
Rettich, Marsha Davis, Masami Sato, Ruth Oisteanu, Zoya Gutina,
we listed just a few artists whose artwork attracted common
attention. All artists brought the excitement, passion and beauty
of this timeless art form to the public. Beadwork demonstrations
and free workshops were presented throughout the event, other
activities included bead vendors, sale of bead books, raffles and
a children's table. Congratulations and Bravo to all BSGNY members!
Pictures from the World of Beads VIII: A 20 Year Retrospective
Beadart by Alla Tereschenia
Our another featured artist this month is multi-talented with
beading. Alla Tereschenia has both jewelry and beaded caps
showcased with us. Beaded caps, which were in fashion near the
beginning of the 20th century, now showcase skills as a craftsman
so Alla enjoys designing them even though most do not sell.
In addition, she makes beaded pictures as well and since she
was a child has also done many other crafts including sewing,
Alla, who currently lives in Astana, the capital city of
Kazakhstan, learned her crafting skills from her grandmother
when she was a child. Some of the items she has created since
them are now in ethnography museums and others are spread out
through the countryside.
Twelve years ago Alla left her job
as an engineer and began teaching crafts at a youth center.
She has taught herself beading since that time and has tried
many different techniques. As she learned more, beading
became her main passion. In her efforts to experiment with
beading, Alla began to design her beaded caps and has continued
to do so. She then grew into creating beaded jewelry as well.
For the last two years, Alla has been a participant in many
exhibitions and her name is listed in the Kazakhstan Crafters
Catalog. She says she is completely satisfied with her hobby
and she gets great esthetic enjoyment when beading. You can
view her gallery of beaded caps as well as her gallery of
Gallery of beaded caps by Alla Tereschenia
Gallery of beaded jewelry by Alla Tereschenia
Step by step - Beaded Flowers
Today we present two more tutorials by Victoria Katamashvili,
at that time Victoria gives us virtual classes on making beaded
flowers. The is no doubt, you'll know something new! Have fun!
The Ann Arbor Art Fairs
July 15-18, 2008
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Established in 1960, the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair is the
Original of the now four award winning Ann Arbor Art Fairs,
which together attract over 500,000 attendees from across
the nation. To celebrate 50 years of originality, the Ann
Arbor Street Art Fair is exhibiting original posters, art,
and photographs spanning its first half-century. The four
shows are a confederation, sharing city services and
keeping the same dates and hours. Over 1200 exhibitors show
up ready to meet you. Ann Arbor turns into Art Fair City
every July for four days. They include:
• Ann Arbor Street Fair
• State Street Area Art Fair
• Summer Art Fair
• Ann Arbor's South University Art Fair
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