Back to school!
Almost all in this issue is about the Bead Art Fair
that took place last August in Hamburg, Germany and
made great success! We were happy to exhibit at the
show and participate in all show events. So, read:
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Best regards, MyLovelyBeads.com Team
Stone of August:
Balances male/female energies. Stone of protection, provides barrier against
attacks and illness. Encourages meditative travel. Helps in making the dream
process productive and healing. Zodiac signs: Libra (Balance), Capricorn
(Seagoat), Aries (Ram), Gemini (Twins).
Chicken blood stone - Chinese treasure
Chicken-Blood stone is one of the most prized ornamental
materials in China. The stone gets its name for its bright
red color, resembling fresh chicken blood. The stone has
eight basic colors, which blend or combine in different
layers: red, black, white, yellow, green, blue, gray, and
purple. It is primarily used in carvings and seals.
Chicken blood stone is a fine-grained mixture of clay
and quartz, with varying amounts of red cinnabar.
Since both the clay and cinnabar are very soft, it
has cannot be worn in jewelry and is reserved for
ornamental objects. Besides, since cinnabar contains
mercury sulfide, which is highly toxic. Care also
needs to be used when storing the material, as
cinnabar tends to darken when exposed to sunlight.
It is the bright red of the cinnabar that gives this
material it distinct appearance and any darkening
will lower its value.
Chicken blood stone is found only in Changhua County
(Linan district, Zhejiang Province) in China and Balin
County in Inner Mongolia. However, the stones extracted
from the former region are considered more precious and
valuable for their higher quality and vibrant color.
Balin stones contain less cinnabar and are looser and
softer in texture and appearance.
According to records, the first excavation occurred in
the early Ming Dynasty, six hundred years ago. The
excavator who found the chicken blood stone reported it
and sent it to the emperor. During imperial times, all
chicken blood stone had to be sent to the Imperial
House, so commoners had no chance of ever seeing it in
their lifetime. The stone was a national treasure
exclusively owned by the imperial family.
The emperor would give the stones to high-ranking
officials on special occasions, and only officials
above a certain rank were allowed to have it. The
stones were also used as accessories on the hats of
those officials to show honor. Thus, the stone became
a symbol of power.
Beaders Best Bead Art Fair 2011
Two weeks ago bead artists and bead lovers in Europe celebrated
their first big professional holiday: Beaders Best Bead Art Fair
2011 in Hamburg, Germany friendly opened its door to visitors.
The first Bead Fair received a lot of positive feedbacks. More
than 1,500 visitors from different countries attended the show
and we can witness we couldn't see unhappy faces!
Andrea Ott, the editor-in-chief of the Perlen Poesie magazine
that was the supporter of the show, says, "We were pleased
with the good atmosphere among exhibitors, visitors, workshop
teachers and participants. A great deal of personal contacts
between shop owners, wholesalers, distributors and manufacturers
were made. Exhibitors from Germany, Great Britain, the Czech
Republic, Austria, Switzerland, Latvia, Sweden, Ukraine and the
USA took part in this exciting international event."
The second Beaders Best Bead Art Fair will take place on 18-19
August 2012 at the Buergerhaus Wilhelmsburg, Hamburg, Germany.
There will be another holiday - and the next opportunity to
take part in three days of workshops taught by internationally
recognizes artists, and visit the extraordinary 2-day-Fair. The
workshops will begin one day earlier, on August 17, 2012.
Photos from Beaders Best Bead Art Fair 2011
About workshops at the Beaders Best Bead Art Fair 2012
Kerrie Slade's look at the Bead Fair in Hamburg
Kerrie Slade is a beadwork artist living and working in
Mansfield, England and was featured in our newsletter.
Kerrie has had her work published in over 30 international
books and magazines but now prefers to sell more detailed
patterns from her website. Recently Kerrie had the
opportunity to travel to the very first Bead Art Fair in
Hamburg, Germany where she taught classes and sold her
fabulous beadwork kits.
Kerrie wrote this article about her first teaching
experience at the Bead Art Fair during the weekend of
August 19-21 for Beading Daily Blog and was kind enough
to permit us to reprint the article. Kerrie has plans to
teach throughout Europe and the US in the near future.
"It's Monday, the day after the first Bead Art Fair in
Hamburg, Germany. As I write this, I am sitting in the
sunshine at a cafe on the banks of the River Elbe,
drinking tea, eating delicious Apfelkuchen and wondering
if the previous two days really happened or whether I
Ever since I first received an invitation to teach at the
fair (which was over a year ago) I knew it was a
not-to-be-missed opportunity and it had an exciting
feeling of 'firsts' about it. This was going to be the
first fair of its kind in Germany, I had never taught
beadwork before and it would also be the first time that
many of the international beaders, teachers, designers
and exhibitors would get to meet in person.
Although I was incredibly nervous, I knew I wanted to be
part of this event and so I spent much of the following
year designing my class project, writing instructions,
preparing kits and gaining some teaching experience.
From the minute we arrived at the hotel, familiar faces
began to appear and myself and my long suffering husband,
Simon, were warmly welcomed into the large group of people
who regularly travel all over the world to exhibit and
teach at shows as we busily set up our stands ready for
the show to open the following morning.
The first day of the fair arrived and we strolled to the
venue down tree-lined avenues in dappled sunshine, Simon
pointing out interesting architecture and me half
listening and half wondering if I had forgotten anything!
With everything in place, the doors opened and the hall
filled with people keen to view and buy the huge range
of beads, lampwork, supplies, kits and finished beadwork
My two days disappeared in a whirl. Half of my time was
spent teaching my eager students in a beautifully bright
and airy classroom with the windows flung wide open,
watching as leaves and petals grew from busy fingers.
The rest of my time was spent talking to beaming beaders
in fragments of various languages with lots of gestures,
handshakes, hugs and smiles - knowing that despite any
immediate difficulties, we all spoke the one common
language of "bead".
So, if you ever get the opportunity to attend the Bead
Art Fair in Hamburg, my advice would be to grab it with
Photos from the Bead Fair
Article by Kerrie Slade on her art
International Bead Award Contest. Winners
On August 20, 2011 the winners of the International Bead
Award Contest were announced at the Beaders Best Bead Art
Fair. It was an exciting event! First place winners are:
1 Place: Helix - Jacky Teuchert-Rimkus, Germany, jackys-glas-art.de
1 Place: Spring Has Sprung - Erin Simonetti, USA, simonetti.com
1 Place: Art Nouveau Restored - Zoya Gutina, USA, mylovelybeads.com
Bead Crochet, Bead Knitting Category
1 Place: Diagonal Bubbles - Jolanda Violante, Italy, sinfoniediperle.blogspot.com
1 Place: Cascade - Angelika Kenner, Germany, schmucksyndrom.de
Paper, Textile Category
1 Place: Altes Kyoto - Dorit Koppen, Germany
Polymer Clay, Ceramic, Porcelain Category
1 Place: ...Love way... - Natalya Leitman, Russia, flickr.com/photos/madllen/
1 Place: Beach Dreams - Chris Wrinn, USA, gildedowljewelry.com
Mixed Media Category
1 Place: Born in the Sands - Svetlana Sametis, Latvia, orubis.ucoz.lv
Art Nouveau Restored - Zoya Gutina, USA, mylovelybeads.com
Our warmest congratulations to all winners!
Full list of International Bead Award Contest winners
Perlen Poesie Magazine. Issue 10
Perlen Poesie, Number 10 is coming out on September 10!
In that issue:
• Beadpassion with the love of nature...
Zoya Gutina implements that into all of her designs.
Using many different techniques she adds enchantment
to her necklaces opulence of which is unparalleled;
• Workshop Spiral Techniques - everything
Impressive designs can be achieved with these techniques;
• Scrumptious Beads...
Angela Brackrogge: Jopanda - her artist name stands
for handmade glass beads with subtle gradient colors
and elaborate shapes. Look and enjoy!
• Winners of IBA 2011...
Look at the winning pieces of the international
jewelry contest IBA 2011. Savor the diversity of
ideas and - maybe - participate next time!
The 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.
Subscribe to Perlen Poesie magazine
Buy Perlen Poesie magazine in the USA
Alexandria Festival of the Arts 2011
September 10-11, 2011
Saturday 10 am - 7 pm
Sunday 10 am - 5 pm
King Street between Union & Washington sts., Alexandria, VA
Voted one of the top 100 art festivals in the country by Sunshine Artist
magazine. The 8th Annual Alexandria Festival of the Arts is one not to
be missed! Discover spectacular paintings, life-size sculptures, jewelry,
photography, ceramics and more.
The Alexandria Festival of the Arts transforms the streets of Old Town
Alexandria into an outdoor art gallery featuring 200 of the nation's top
award-winning artists. The free outdoor art festival will line six blocks
of King Street showcasing different artworks. This popular outdoor event
will feature art with prices ranging from $20 to $20,000. The show is set
up along King Street and stretches all the way down the street to the
Art Activated at the Torpedo Factory
September 10, 2011, Noon-4 pm
Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Let your creative side play at this 4th annual event taking place during
the Alexandria Festival of the Arts! Become a part of the creative
process with hands-on projects, artist demonstrations, and special
taking place throughout the afternoon. Enjoy artist demonstrations
throughout the day including pottery on the wheel, painting, sculpture,
and much more. Visitors are also invited to try their hand at different
art techniques including clay throwing and fiber art at special "Try Me"
stations. Guests will get creative with hands-on projects including the
popular Champagne Cork Chairs Workshop, Bubble Gum Painting, and Screen
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