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Physical representative of the Violet Ray. Cuts through illusion.
Enhances psychic abilities. Excellent for meditation. Aids channeling
abilities. Sedative, protective. Enhances feeling of contentment, and
a connection to one's spirituality. Stone of peace and strength.
Zodiac signs: Capricorn (Seagoat), Aquarius (Water Bearer), Pisces (Fish),
Seraphinite - gem of the angels
Seraphinite is a trade name for a particular form
of clinochlore, a member of the chlorite group.
There are only two gem-quality minerals in the
chlorite group, and seraphinite is one of them.
It is a lovely dark green stone that changes
sparkle and light as you view it from different
positions; seraphinite has a silvery and feathery
shimmer caused by mica inclusions.
Due to its softness, seraphinite is mainly a
collector's stone, there is a common opinion that
seraphinite can be used only as a mineral specimen.
It's not true; seraphinite looks great in jewelry
especially cut into cabochons. This material can
keep polishing quite well, and it is not as fragile
as it seems. When polished, seraphinite displays a
pearly, vitreous luster.
The name "seraphinite" is derived from the Seraphim
(angels of the highest order) because of the
feather-like appearance of the chatoyant fibers in
the stone. The romantic name and the association of
seraphinite with angels has gained seraphinite a
reputation as a healing gem, good for nerves and brain
cells; seraphinite is used to establish connections to
the angelic realm.
The only source of seraphinite is the "Korshunovskaya"
mine in the Lake Baikal region in Eastern Siberia,
Russia. This gemstone was found and described by the
famous Russian mineralogist Nikolai Koksharov (1818 -
1892) who used to be the director of the Russian
Imperial Mineralogical Society.
International Women's Day
International Women's Day (8 March) is a global
day celebrating the economic, political and social
achievements of women past, present and future.
Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held
throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate
achievements. A global web of rich and diverse
local activity connects women from all around the
world ranging from political rallies, business
conferences, government activities and networking
events through to local women's craft markets,
theatric performances, fashion parades and more.
Many global corporations have also started to more
actively support IWD by running their own internal
events and through supporting external ones. For
example, on 8 March search engine and media giant
Google some years even changes its logo on its
global search pages. Year on year IWD is certainly
increasing in status. The United States even
designates the whole month of March as "Women's
Happy holiday, dear friends!
Bead traditions of Southeast Asia continue
Hailing from the sunny island nation of Singapore,
Helena Tang-Lim is the eldest of 3 children. Of the
three siblings, Helena is the only one that had
Helena said, "I remember when I was young, my Mother
would always be making flowers from velvet material
and intricate Chinese knotted buttons and sold them
to handicraft shops for pin money. I suppose it was
from her that I inherited my love of working with
my hands to create beautiful things. I would bug her
to teach me how to knit and crochet. I still remember
my first knitting effort - a scarf that unfortunately
did not have very straight or neat edges!
I have always dabbled in various craft all my life. I
have taken up knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, and
embroidery at some point or other in my life. I had
always found it very relaxing to work with my hands. As
I reach adulthood, working and making a living and later
bringing up children took up a very large amount of my
time. Even then I continued with my crafty pursuits.
It was during this time that I discovered the beauty of
traditional Straits Chinese bead embroidered shoes or
"kasut manek" as they are called. These shoes were beaded
and worn by the ladies that came from China and settled
in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore many years ago.
These shoes are done in bead tapestry style using tiny
Size 13 Czech charlottes and reflect the love of flora
and fauna and colors that these women have. The shoes
are usually worn only for special occasions and are made
especially for the wedding trousseau.
At that time I was just starting out in my career and to
invest hundreds of dollars in a pair of shoes was not
something I could afford. But covet those shoes I did.
So I set about making a pair for myself. Needless to say
after taking the lessons and buying the supplies, my
first pair of "kasut manek" worked out more expensive
than if I had bought a pair off the shelf. But I did
learn a new craft, which then became my obsession in later
During those days it was not very easy to find supplies
to make the shoes and when you did, they were really
expensive as well. So I began hunting on the Internet
for my supplies. And it was from there that I discovered
other forms of beading. Locally there were actually no
teachers or supplies for the "Western" style of beading
so I had to learn everything on my own. I started buying
books and I still remember my first book, Suzanne
Cooper's Second Looks. I was so enamored by the necklace
on the cover I made one. But I was really greedy. My
necklace is so long and it weighed a ton that I hardly
ever wore it. But I had fun making it and I was
thoroughly hooked after that..."
Full article by Helena Tang-Lim
Beadworks by Helena Tang-Lim
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About 60 years ago, Seiichi Katsuoka first came
across some glass seed beads and instantly
became fascinated by their brilliance and beauty,
so in 1949, he dedicated himself to learning the
art of glass seed bead making. Seiichi's passion
for making beautiful, high quality glass seed
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Hiroshi added innovation to passion and began
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continuing Hiroshi's innovative drive, and we
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glass beads are considered a "world standard" for
their high quality, brilliance, and uniform shape.
They are highly sought after by fashion designers,
artists and bead fans alike.
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Beading on the stage - Julia Yablonskaya
You never know what people with beads in the hands
you will meet! Julia Yablonskaya is a professional
theater and movie actress; she spends her spare time
with needle, thread and beads. As she says, beadwork
perfectly helps distract from the complexities of
the profession. Julia's signature is free form
weaving; and it's fully consistent with her stage
Julia Yablonskaya said, "Since I can remember,
I'm always drawn to the creativity. Even at school
age, I learned to sew and decently "have dressed"
myself from head to toe. In the late 80's it wasn't
easy to buy interesting clothes in the shops, even
though we lived in Tallinn in a more or less
prosperous Soviet Estonia. But the choice of fabric
was great, so I have sewed often creating dresses
using one pattern, but different materials and
Other types of crafts didn't initially attract me
because it was possible to sew quickly, one
evening - and the skirt is ready, but knitting or
doing something like that seemed to me too long.
I graduated from high school, and I had to
continue my education somewhere. There was no
clear preference; that meant I needed to be an
actress! In Tallinn, performing arts education
was nowhere to get, so the choice was Leningrad
or Moscow, both are the centers of the world
theatrical life. But Moscow was pretty far away
and Leningrad was just a few hours by bus or train -
almost next door!
I gave a call to LGITMiK (Leningrad State Institute
of Theater, Music and Cinematography), learned
what I needed to enter, quickly designed some new
clothes and went to the Northern Capital. To say
that I made a splash in style is to say nothing!
Bright green lantern-shape skirt, blue blouse,
white loafers, canary-yellow sweater, - I looked like
a person from Central Africa. Star, in one word!
Of course, the first time I didn't make success as,
indeed, it didn't work the following year, too.
I fell in love with theater and didn't leave my
dreams. I began to attend a drama school and went
to work; first it was a sewing cooperative and
then a small shop. So, I have worked, developed my
sewing skills and prepared for the next attempt to
enter to a theatrical college. My parents were
hoping the theater was my temporary craze; my dad
really wanted me to have a "real" profession.
Education was free and my parents thought that
I was going to change my mind and become a
diplomat, for example, but such a career wasn't
quite attractive for me.
In the third year, I decided to take a chance and
go to Moscow. There were more theatrical colleges
and the choice was better. After all my efforts
were crowned with success, and I was enrolled to
the Higher Theater School named after Boris
Shchukin. I must say that by that time I learned
how to create more relaxed clothes and stopped
scaring selection committee with my appearance!.."
Full article by Julia Yablonskaya
Beadwork gallery by Julia Yablonskaya
Filmography (in Russian): www.kino-teatr.ru
Perlen Poesie Magazine. Issue 16
Colorful and noble - from Scandinavian flair to
romantic roses up to energetic colors and "the
unusual" - the new Perlen Poesie leaves nothing
to be desired. You will find 17 jewelry projects
by artists from Scandinavia, Germany, USA, Italy
and Switzerland. Moreover: All jewelry courses
at the 3. BEADERS BEST Bead Art fair in Hamburg
and the instruction to our little Fair game.
Enjoy many creative hours with the new one!
• Pole Position!
Sabine Lippert: Daring to change over ones life -
from full-time doctor to full-time beader. Her
inquiringly analytical way helps her to set each
kind of bead into the right place. She even
invented a new bead...
3. BEADERS BEST Bead Art Fair: Diverse courses, well
known artists - together with the possibilities for
shopping this will be a true beaders' paradise: only
once a year. Plan to be there!
• Metal Clay
Course: Form it like you do with polymer or clay -
but it is metal! Easy to make your own clasp...
• Nature Pearls
In the know: Many components are used when artists
create jewelry - including pearls, which are given
to us by nature. There are still unrealistic believes.
We inform you.
• A Beetle full of Beads
The Vochol: This you will not see often or everywhere.
Marvel at this bead-trimmed beetle of the Huichol
It is guaranteed that there is something for everyone;
the advice to difficulty, time limit and cost helps,
to find the right one.
Subscribe to Perlen Poesie magazine
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Zoya Gutina's workshops in March
March 9, 2013 at 11:30 AM -
Grape Leaf Necklace
Level: Intermediate to Advanced. This class is 5 hours long.
March 16, 2013 at 11:30 AM -
Fancy Berries Necklace
Level: Intermediate. This class is 4 hours long.
Workshops by Zoya Gutina
March upcoming events
New Waves 2013 at MOCA
January 25 - April 28, 2013
Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art
2200 Parks Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
MOCA presents its annual juried exhibition,
New Waves 2013 for the 18th year. Over 180
artists from across Virginia submitted work
and proved, yet again, that the Commonwealth
contains a rich and vast array of artistic
talent. This exciting exhibition demonstrates
the diversity of materials and approaches
that are used in contemporary art today.
Sugarloaf Craft Festivals
March 8, 9, 10, 2013
Garden State Exhibit Ctr., Somerset, New Jersey
March 15, 16, 17, 2013
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks, PA
Juried Fine Art & Craft Festivals since 1976. Find the unique handcrafted artwork of
thousands of American Artists! Decorative creations for home & garden, exceptional
fine art and crafts!
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