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Stone of July:
A stone of ambition and drive, carnelian is a power stone. Excellent
career stone, it is very helpful in making choices and decisions.
Carnelian is the most powerful action stone for focusing, realization
and self-actualization. Increases physical energy. Protection against
the emotions of fear and anger. Zodiac signs: Taurus (Bull), Cancer
(Crab), Leo (Lion).
Shungite - natural wonder
Mother Nature created the gem which is the only one that makes
scientists wonder even now, it is called shungite. Shungite is
found at the only place in the world - near Lake Onega in the
Shunga region of Karelia, North West of Russia. This leads many
to believe that shungite will someday cost more than gold.
It is thought that it was formed around two billion years ago
and the fact that this mineral is composed of nearly every
element of the Periodic Table is quite unusual. Although it is
widely known that not every one of these elements is good for
your health, only the health beneficial components in shungite
are absorbed by water. Not only that but the natural structures
and complexes of the water found in shungite deposits are thought
by many experts to be on a par with that of a living cell.
There are a few theories as to where shungite actually came
from. Some believe that it is part of a huge meteorite which
fell to earth, bringing with it part of a planet called Phaeton
which had decomposed. Many scientists believe that Phaeton
actually had life forms which were carbon based. Another theory
says that sea scurf rich in organic remains of primitive
microscopic organisms existed in shallow bays of the ancient
sea formed a material that produced shungite.
assert that shungite came from volcanic deposits which were
expelled. The volcanic ejection of the shungite substance would
have played the same role as the hypothetical Phaeton fragment.
Whichever of these theories may hold the truth, it cannot be
disputed that shungite with its unique healing qualities and
abundance of remarkable characteristics, is a mineral like
nothing else on earth.
Full article on shungite
Fashion Colorworks 2011 became history
Fashion Colorworks 2011 Beading Contest became history. This year
we had 99 participants from countries, and 149 entries! We would
like to say THANK YOU to all entrants, jurors, and sponsors who
helped us make the contest successful. Our sponsors say,
We at Artbeads want to say how much we enjoyed seeing all the beautiful
and inspiring entries in this year's Fashion Colorworks 2011. We were awed
by the breathtaking beauty and creativity of all of the entrants' designs.
We want to extend our gratitude to the lovely and talented Zoya Gutina who
put this wonderful international beading competition together and to
everyone who participated. We look forward to 2012!
Beads Unlimited were very proud to sponsor the Fashion Colorworks 2011
competition in the Beaded Objects And Accessories Category. The
competition has fast become a "must do" for serious beaders around the
world and the standard was astounding. Seed
a big favorite for us and it's always exciting to see what people do with
them. We were blown away by the winning entry from Evgeniya Semina.
The attention to detail and quality of work on her wedding dress, entitled
"Falling In Love With Life All The More" was exemplary. Angelika
Motzkin's statement piece, Magnolia Handbag, with its myriad of stitches
and ideas, was a very worthy second. Aleksey Soloviev's Dream Of Flight
Tie combined humor with technical prowess. We just can't wait to see what
fantastic designs next year's competition brings!
Margarita Kruchinina, Rostov-on-Don, Russia for Original Rus Set
Julia Turova, Krasnoyarsk, Russia for Harlequin Beetle Necklace
Beaded Objects And Accessories
Evgeniya Semina, Orenburg, Russia for Falling In Love With Life All The More Wedding Dress
Fashion Colorworks 2011 Beading Contest - Winners
Fashion Colorworks 2011. First Place Winners
Today we begin featuring Fashion Colorworks 2011 winners.
Of course we start with the First Place Winners. You had
already a chance to know
Evgeniya Semina (she was the Second Place Winner last year),
Julia Turova was our feature in March. This year we
decided to change the usual format of our articles about
winners, and we are glad to suggest you the interview with
all First Place Winners together, from left to right:
Margarita Kruchinina, Julia Turova, Evgeniya Semina.
1. When and under what circumstances did you hear about your
victory in the contest?
On July 1, in the forest at the sea shore, after a
hard trip and setting up our camp I called Celia -
my friend and student. After learning that my work
has won first place, I didn't believe my ears and
repeated my question about the contest result. My
friends were very happy for me and congratulated.
We invited our friends who played guitar, built a
big bonfire and sang songs until dawn.
I knew the result on July 1, 2011, at 4:17 am my local time.
It was good that I was lying in my bed when I read about the
victory on the screen of my smartphone, otherwise I would
fell into a swoon. For me, being juried into the final of this
prestigious competition was a surprise, and winning - the
It so happened that on the day summing up, my "chief adviser
and critic", my mother and I had to leave my city for two days.
Getting up a bit earlier, I turned on my computer and saw my
name in the list of winners, but I didn't realized what it
meant, we embarked on the road. Only after returning home,
tired from the long-distance road, I learned that I not only
made the First Place in my category, but I also won People's
2. What were your feelings when you realized that you won?
Great joy, of course! Frankly, even now I can hardly
believe that. I take this victory as a miracle, a
gift of destiny and advance in the future.
I still don't quite understand what happened. It seems to me,
some other beadweavers' works were much better than mine,
more complex, richer in materials and more labor-intensive.
When heart drops finally affected, inexplicable joy entirely
replaced my first shock!
At first, looking at the winners page, I could not believe my
eyes. Then... Then, shouting "Hurrah!" - rushed to kiss and
hug my mother, my double win was her merit, too.
3. What place in the competition did you expect to win to win, when
submitted your application?
I have never thought about that.
I confess, I counted to reach the final. This was my most
daring dream because it was first time I participated in the
contest of such a high level. I didn't believe I could win -
ever. Especially, my friends and colleagues very skeptical of
I hoped to win because I put too much hard work into my
submission. I hoped of any sort of prize - the first, second,
third, but perhaps each participant hopes to win! The day
before the results were announced I was all shaking: this year
the judges were very strict and all works submitted for the
contest were worthy of victory.
Full interview with First Place Winners
Beadwork by Margarita Kruchinina
Beadwork by Julia Turova
Beadwork by Evgeniya Semina
Jewelry and Art Nouveau style
Art Nouveau is an international philosophy and style of art,
architecture and applied art - especially the decorative arts -
that were most popular during the late 1800s - beginning
20th-century, when many European artists, graphic designers,
and architects rebelled against formal, classical approaches
to design of the 19th century. They believed that the greatest
beauty could be found in nature.
The style was influenced strongly by Czech artist Alphonse
Mucha, when Mucha produced a lithographed poster, which
appeared on 1 January 1895 in the streets of Paris as an
advertisement for the play Gismonda by Victorien Sardou,
featuring Sarah Bernhardt. It popularized the new artistic
style and its creator to the citizens of Paris. Initially
named Style Mucha, (Mucha Style), the style was popularized
by the famous Maison de l'Art Nouveau, a Paris art gallery
for interior decoration opened and operated by Samuel Bing
The fame of Bing's gallery was increased at the
1900 Exposition Universelle, where he presented coordinated -
in design and color - installations of modern furniture,
tapestries and "objets d'art". These decorative displays
became so strongly associated with the style that the
name of his gallery subsequently provided a commonly used
term for the entire style.
Art Nouveau art and architecture flourished in major
European cities between 1890 and 1914. As it moved through
Europe, Art Nouveau went through several phases and took on
a variety of names: Style Moderne and Style Nouille in
France, Jugendstil in Germany, Sezession in Austria, Stile
Liberty and Italy Floreale in Italy, Arte Noven in Spain,
etc. Art Nouveau was a concerted attempt to create an
international style based on decoration.
It was developed by a brilliant and energetic generation
of artists and designers, who sought to fashion an art
form appropriate to the modern age. During this
extraordinary time old customs, habits, and artistic
styles sat alongside new, combining a wide range of
contradictory images and ideas. Many artists, designers,
and architects were excited by new technologies and
lifestyles, while others retreated into the past,
embracing the spirit world, fantasy, and myth.
Art Nouveau jewelry is characterized by soft, curved shapes
and sinuous, free-flowing lines, and usually featured
natural designs, such as poppies, orchids, irises,
water lilies, birds, dragonflies, lizards, butterflies,
snakes. Organic motifs were not rendered realistically,
but rather in a more stylized manner characteristic of the
Asian arts. The world had become more familiar with Asian
design from the international exhibitions of the latter
nineteenth century. The representation of a female head
with long flowing hair is prevalent in Art Nouveau jewelry
as well as dancers, nymphs, mermaids. It was also an
important motif of the concurrent Symbolist movement
in literature and painting, which used images to present
Read the full article on Jewelry and Art Nouveau style
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Bead Art Fair, Hamburg, Germany, August 20-21, 2011
The friends of bead art in Europe have waited for a long
time for such an event - finally in 2011 it will take place!
Perlen Poesie Magazine is proud to invite you to the
First Bead Art and Jewelry Accessory Show in Europe!
International artists, manufacturers, retailers and
beading friends from all over Europe and Overseas will
meet at this unmatched event.
The program includes different jewelry making classes
that will be taught by internationally recognized bead
artists: Laura Andrews, Jutta Tolzmann, Petra Tismer,
Ute Kluwe, Sabine Lippert, Zoya Gutina, Kerrie Slade,
Katharina Dietrich, Anja Schlotmann, Birgit Bergemann,
Elke Leonhardt-Rath, Martina Nagele and other artists.
Perlen Poesie magazine is published in Germany by Beaders
Best Verlag Company, you can subscribe it. If you live
in the USA, you can directly or via Internet buy single
issues of the magazine at the Beads by Blanche bead shop.
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Bead Fest Philadelphia
August 19 - 21, 2011
The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
100 Station Avenue
Oaks, PA 19456
The 10th annual Bead Fest Philadelphia festival is the largest
bead & jewelry show on the East Coast. Special events include
Meet the Teachers Reception - come and meet the world famous
instructors. Learn more about what they are teaching and sign
up for workshops. Instructors will also be selling their kits
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