June, 2009

My Lovely Beads, e-Newsletter

From MyLovelyBeads.com Team

Celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the MyLovelyBeads.com newsletter with us! Happy summertime! In the current issue:

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Stone of June: PEARL

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).

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Moonstone - gem of mysterious shimmer

Not 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 shrine.

Congrats to all 2009 Bead Dreams winners!

The 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 artworks.

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

Featured artist

Beadwork artist Colette L'Hopital-Navarre

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
Email: lhopital.navarre@wanadoo.fr
Blog: labijoutisse.canalblog.com

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

Bead artist 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, knitting, crocheting.

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 jewelry.

Gallery of beaded caps by Alla Tereschenia
Gallery of beaded jewelry by Alla Tereschenia
Email: nkalla@mail.ru

Step by step - Beaded Flowers

Beaded flowers in decoration and accessories

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!

Upcoming events

The Ann Arbor Art Fairs 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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