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The stone of courage, protection. Aquamarine stimulates
intellect and spiritual awareness. It also accelerates the
intellectual reasoning process and makes one unconquerable
thru learning - not only of knowledge passed thru teachers
of the past and present, but of oneself. Zodiac signs:
Gemini (Twins), Pisces (Fish), Aries (Ram).
Kyanite - compass-gem
Kyanite is an attractive gem that was discovered
during the nineteenth century and named in 1789
by Abraham Gottlieb Werner from the Greek word
KYANOS, meaning "deep blue", the common
color of the species. Mineralogists through much
of the 19th and early 20th centuries commonly
used the French spelling, "Cyanite". The most
highly prized kyanite is the vibrant blue or
blue-green hue. It is also found in shades of
black, gray, yellow, pink, white and colorless
that is considered quite rare. Color varieties
include recently discovered orange kyanite from
Kyanite has a nearly unique characteristic in
that it has a wide variation in hardness in the
same crystal face: it is approximately 4.5 (Mohs
scale) when scratched parallel to the long axis
of the crystal and approximately 6.5 when
scratched perpendicular to or across the long
In ancient times it was believed that a kyanite
suspended from a human hair could follow the
earth's magnetic force like a compass needle.
Early travelers took kyanite along with them to
use it as a compass when exploring unknown
Kyanite is used to manufacture a wide range of
products especially ceramics. It has been used
as a semiprecious gemstone, which may display
cat's eye chatoyancy. It can be cut "en
cabochon" and faceted, or used to produce beads
and pendants. Kyanite is considered to be an
"exotic" gemstone because it is not often used
Notable occurrences of kyanite include the United
States (Virginia, Montana, Georgia and North
Carolina), Brazil, Switzerland, Russia, Serbia,
Austria, India, Myanmar, Kenya and Zimbabwe.
Fashion Colorworks 2013. Start over!
It's already time to submit entries to the Fashion
Colorworks 2013. Contest entry must use the three
colors in one of the palettes shown on the contest
page, in any combination. There are three color
palettes and three categories for entries:
• Seed Bead Jewelry: Entries include jewelry and jewelry-related objects. Each entry must be not less than 50 percent seed beads.
Entries are accepted since April 1, and the last
submission day is June 15. Read all the details
of the contest rules paying a special attention
at the "PHOTO REQUIREMENTS" and "SUBMISSION"
paragraphs, and submit your design!
• Finished Jewelry: Each entry must be less than 50 percent seed beads; and other materials such as, but not limited to, glass beads, crystals, semi-precious stones, wire, metal clay, found objects, etc.
• Seed Bead Objects: Entries include any not jewelry-related objects, accessories and sculptural objects. Each entry must be not less than 50 percent seed beads.
Fashion Colorworks 2013 Rules
Submit your entries to Fashion Colorworks!
Mixing beads with soutache
It's always nice to discover new artists'
names in the bead world. We've known Csilla
Papp, a young bead master from England since
2011; and we can state that she made great
progress and success. We are happy to have
Csilla Papp in our newsletter and hope you
will like her amazing designs!
Csilla said, "I have always had beads since I
was a child; in my early age I've made lot
of animal figures and Christmas decorations
using them. Once, being in the high school I
got a big box of beads from my friend, whose
mother has made wedding dresses. I still keep
this box, but my bead stash doesn't fit it
anymore as I have many thousands of beads!
I have never thought that one day these little
treasures would fill my life. I always loved
creative stuff such as arts, literature and
painting. Salvador Dali is one of my favorite
artists, and I adore the work of Ettore Aldo
Del Vigo. I like these surrealistic creations
as well as such jewelry.
One of my favorite jewelry artists is Dori
Csengeri, whose works remind me surreal lines
and colors. Her items are absolutely amazing.
The same is about my preferences in fashion -
I'm much more attracted to unique haute couture
creations rather than ordinary mass produced
Back to the beginning, like many others, I was
browsing over the Internet and I found a lot of
great beadwoven jewelry. I remember it was the
summer of 2010 when I was sitting at home and
suddenly something struck me. I thought, "I
want to create jewelry!" - but then it was just
a thought. In January 2011 I made my first
beaded creations using peyote stitch - two key
Now looking at the offers from bead shops I
remember as until then my knowledge of the
beads were very limited. I had no idea that so
many different colors, shapes of beads and
crystals were available. Then I slowly learnt
everything. I started writing a blog admiring
the beautiful beadworks. My favorites to this
day are Betty Stephan, Sherry Serafini, Zoya
Gutina and Alla Maslennikova..."
Full article by Csilla Papp
Beadwoven jewelry on MyLovelyBeads.com
Soutache jewelry on MyLovelyBeads.com
OKTAbeads 2013 contest winners
This year one of the Fashion Colorworks sponsors,
OKTAbeads.eu hosted RokajlFest 2013 bead
contest that recently finished. Almost 100 bead
artists from many European countries took part
in the contest and presented lots of amazing
jewelry pieces. We're glad to introduce the winners!
RokajlFest 2013. OKTAbeads contest winners
Full list of 2013 OKTAbeads contest winners
Beaded rings by Natasha Machikhina
You've already met Natasha Machikhina, a bead
artist from Moscow, Russia; we published the story
about her art passion five years ago. Since then
Natasha has developed her skills trying different
media and styles. Today she wants to tell us about
making one-of-a-kind beaded rings. We could pick
up just one word to describe Natasha's work:
Natasha Machikhina said, "I've been making beaded
jewelry for over 10 years, but was fascinated with
beadwoven rings a little over two years ago. My
first ring became a ring by accident. Once I
twiddled in my fingers an element woven for a
piece of jewelry and happen to understand what it
reminded me and I realized - it had to be the basis
of a ring! Thus a new phase in my creativity began.
I love flexibility of the square tubular stitch and
thinking of ring designs I always keep in my mind
the advantages of this technique.
In a relatively short time, I created designs for
just over two dozen rings made in my favorite
technique. Sometimes it's a series of several
rings developing some idea (for example, a series
of "Mirror Of Hecate"), and sometimes it's a
completely separate design. All rings are made in
a single copy, but beadweavers even beginners in
square stitch can easily replicate some of them,
and even myself can't repeat other rings.
I want to say a little bit about my rings
inspiration. I see it this way: in the universe
there is a cloud of ideas, some of them are sent
periodically to the real world for implementation.
But to be made live the ideas need "a guide" -
the person who can accept the idea and put it
into jewelry. I'm glad if I can sometimes become
such "a conductor" from the universe of ideas to
our world. Of course, according my ability to
accept and implement them.
I wish everyone becomes such "a guide" - at least
sometimes and learn to hear a quiet loving voice
of the universe... And to make a contribution to
the world of beauty."
Beaded rings by Natasha Machikhina
Story about artist Natasha Machikhina
Battle of the BeadSmith 2013
The Battle of the BeadSmith is about to begin.
3 groups of 64 artists are already and pairings
are created, establishing a first round of
competition. Artists have until June 1st to
create a single piece of ORIGINAL beadwork
and submit the photos best highlighting their
works most important elements. That is just the
beginning of the Battle!
Submissions will be juried by the group
participants and by a group of 38 invited
judges. The public will also be invited to vote
for each Battle. The general public favorite
will be awarded 10 "votes". This will maintain
the importance of the artist votes, while giving
the public a chance to be involved throughout
the competition. We wish success to all bead
2013 Battle. First Round Pairs
Battle of the BeadSmith rules
Battle of the BeadSmith on Facebook
Step by step - Beaded ring
Here is a complimentary tutorial by Natasha Machikhina
on beaded ring. The level of this project is "beginner
to advanced"; it requires some knowledge of basic
beadweaving techniques. The main part of the ring is
woven using square tubular stitch that is taught in
tutorials by Viktoria Katamashvili
Beaded Letters and
Beaded "Heart", and in this tutorial:
Standard Square Stitch.
Tutorial by Natasha Machikhina: Beaded ring
Zoya Gutina's new beadworks
Free-form jewelry in lapis lazuli by Zoya Gutina
Parallax 'Art' Fair in New York
Parallax 'Art' Fair in New York
May 10-12, 2013
The Prince George
East 27th St. between Madison and 5th Ave.
New York City, NY
Parallax Art Fair grew out of an international
exhibition called Parallax that was conceived
and curated by Dr Chris Barlow in London at the
Royal Opera Arcade. Parallax AF New York will
exhibit object makers of every kind from all
over the world.
Like the original exhibition, at the heart of
the fair is the practical exploration of new
and radical ideas that developed within the
professional discipline of art history. The fair
becomes an attempt to make a statement about
the very real problems concerning knowledge
acquisition and objects designated as
Parallax Art Fair recognizes no "superiority" or
extra-relevance of any form of object making of
any kind and questions the ability to determine
content in this way- a process that leads to
undemocratic structures in the arts. At the edge
of the fair's core is a contradiction: a problem
of relativism is absolutism.
We are glad to inform you that some of Zoya
Gutina's beadwork will be exhibited at the
Parallax 'Art' Fair. You are welcome to The
April 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.
Smithsonian Craft Show
April 25-28, 2013
National Building Museum, Judiciary Sq Metro (Red Line)
401 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
Widely regarded as the country's most prestigious
juried show and sale of fine American craft, the
Smithsonian Craft Show is produced by the
Smithsonian Women's Committee to support
education, outreach and research at the
Smithsonian Institution. Enjoy dazzling exhibition
of creativity, innovation and technical mastery at
the elegant and historic National Building Museum;
distinguished craft artists; one-of-a-kind or
limited edition works in 12 different media - from
furniture and ceramics to glass and wearable art.
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