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Stone of September:
Stone for acquiring wisdom, esoteric knowledge. Connection between the
physical and celestial. Awareness, attunement, intuition and psychic
ability. Stone of protection. Zodiac signs: Sagittarius (Archer).
Sugilite - Japanese discovery
Sugilite is a relatively rare mineral from the
group of silicates. It's rarely found in the
form of prismatic crystals, often in the form
of irregular grains, solid aggregates and dense
opaque mass. Sugilite color varies from light
tan, pink and purple to bright magenta, purple
and red-purple. Sugilite has a well-marked
pleochroism (ability to detect different colors
in the light passing through them), some of the
samples observed dichroism in the form of
"Alexandrite" color effect (changes color
depending on the light).
Sugilite derived its name in honor of Ken-ichi
Sugi (1901-1948), Japanese petrologist, who first
described the mineral found on the island Ivagi
(Japan) in 1944. Nevertheless, sugilite was
officially recognized as a new mineral in 1976
after the discovery of its large samples in the
north of South Africa, at Wessels manganese mine.
South African sugilite has a bright purple-violet
or lilac color saturated; the gem has been known
in the international jewelry market since 1979.
Except Japan and South Africa, sugilite also
found in the province of Quebec (Canada), in the
Tien Shan (Tajikistan) and some other places:
Italy, Wales, Australia and India. It's believed
that sugilite is one of the most useful stone for
those looking for true love and does not want to
settle for relations based on a calculation or
carnal passion. Sugilite broadens the mind of the
owner, gives him the respect for cultural values
and learning to be kind, forgiving and patient.
Translucent sugilite of deep rich tones with no
cracks and inclusions is used in jewelry.
Individual crystals and translucent sections of
massive aggregates are sometimes subjected to
cutting. The Smithsonian Museum (Washington, DC,
USA) presents a faceted sugilite weighing 23.5
Usually sugilite for various jewelry (necklaces,
rings, earrings, pendants, etc.) is processed in
the form of a cabochon. Massive opaque sugilite
is used to make bowls, figurines, beads, used in
mosaics with other stones. The volume of
production of this mineral is small and the
largest of its deposits are almost worked out,
so the price of jewelry with sugilite is steadily
rising on the jewelry market, and glass and other
simulations is increasing.
Fashion Colorworks. Interview with Irina Sidina
Irina Sidina - the author of Spring Freshness Necklace
Third Place Winner in Seed Bead Jewelry category
I was born and raised in Balakovo, Saratov region, a
small town on the Volga river. Since I can remember,
my friends and I have created something all the time:
we've embroidered, sculpted, drew, glued something,
made "jewelry" from postcards. Then I was an art
school, college and university where I unfinished
my major "Folk Art". I've worked for a while for the
advertising company, and for already 16 years I have
been doing things I love - I do puppets in our city
1. How did you start beading ?
Once, when a friend of mine and I set up an exhibition
of dolls we decided to invite for participation our
friend, which, as we knew, has been beading. And then
there was a shock with me! How? Where have my eyes
been all that time? Why didn't I take beads seriously?
In general, I fell in love with beads once and for all.
After "discoveries" that I made on the Internet, I
realized that I know nothing about beading and I have
to start from scratch. It didn't scare me, but rather the
contrary, spurred to action. The desire to learn was so
strong that at first even in my dreams I've studied the
patterns and drawn sketches.
2. How much time do you devote to the hobby?
What's your work schedule?
For some reason I work from home and schedule
my working day myself. My main work is seasonal,
household chores are distributed and tweaked and
don't take a lot of time. My son grew up and is quite
independent, so I can afford to give away all my free
time to beads with light heart. The average is about
6-7 hours and sometimes, when it's difficult to break
away, I grab night hours, approximately five more.
3. What is beadweaving for you?
I get so much pleasure from beading that it would be
probably enough for ten people. Mood improves, I
smile more often, and it seems to me that the people
around me smile more often too. My passion became
a sort of another dimension, where I can forget
about the current issues, completely shut down and
go with the flow after a needle, not thinking about
anything other than implementing my ideas.
gives a positive energy and it's easier to find
solutions to resolve problems; and some hard moments
I begin to perceive with great optimism. Generally,
I think I'm very lucky in life: a lovely work, lovely
hobbies, lovely and understanding people around -
what else is necessary for happiness, perhaps a little
more time in the day?
4. Which bead technique do you like most?
The use of techniques depends largely on my plans.
And given that I'm still learning, also on my skills at
the moment. I try myself in embroidery, I haven't
made success in soutache embroidery, but I think a
great desire will help me. I like combinations of
different techniques in one item, for me vivid example
is Miriam Shimon's creativity.
5. What is the source for your inspiration?
This can be anything you want. The view from the
window, reading poetry, hearing the songs, there are
so many interesting things around us! For example,
today there is rain. It seems to be a boring topic and
damp gloom, but... Thinking that the rain would end
sometime, I remember the rainbow and drops of rain
on the petals of roses - isn't that a beautiful picture
and a subject to beadwork?
Full interview with Irina Sidina
Beadworks by Irina Sidina
Fashion Colorworks. Interview with Elena Golovchenko
Elena Golovchenko - the author of Love Necklace
Third Place Winner in Finished Jewelry category and
Best Use of Materials Award Winner
1. Elena, do you think of beading as of
creativity, if so, how do you feel about
Like many women, I love crafting. Once I
have sewed my clothes and already reached
a certain level, knitted, made herbariums
of dried leaves and flowers and created
pictures from them. I haven't heard about
beads for a long time and I'm sorry...
I think that beading can be safely
attributed as the creative work. And why
not? For example, I just like to come up
with an interesting shape of jewelry and
work on its design.
2. Do you create your beadworks
spontaneously or by preconceived designs?
I draw sketches almost always, but not
always the end result matches the sketch.
There may some new thoughts and details
come. It so happens that the result
reminds only a hint of an original sketch.
3. Do you have a desire to learn new
techniques and try new materials to work
Only the knowledge of many techniques
allows us to be more mobile in implementing
our ideas. I'm still afraid to even come
close to frivolite with beads, this work
seems very complicated to me. I love new
materials - they give new opportunities to
try your skills! Recently, there are so
many beautiful beads and other materials
have appeared, that dazzle!
4. What do you think about copyright issues
This is a complex issue, and it was
discussed many times on different online
resources. I think that I have not matured
yet to the point when my work is repeated
by other artists. And then, for me,
beading is a hobby. When beadwork pursues
commercial purpose, other laws come into
5. Do your loved ones like your passion?
Probably, yes, even though my husband
constantly criticizes me and complains that
I have spent lots of time on beadwork. The
word "beads" in our family is a household
name. But deep down he's glad my success.
My son always support, praise and offers
options for further development, and I'm
very grateful to him and always ready for
6. Do you watch new jewelry trends?
This is my another favorite hobby: watch
fashion shows of contemporary designers.
International experience is invaluable in
7. Do you have a need to communicate with
people from the "bead world"?
Of course! When we are together, a kind of
zone of high gravity is being formed, new
ideas are born, there is an exchange of
experiences. Well, we live in times of the
Internet, where you can easily communicate
with the same enthusiastic people from all
over the world.
Full interview with Elena Golovchenko
Beadworks by Elena Golovchenko
Fashion Colorworks. Interview with Natalia Mariash
Natalia Mariash - the author of Baba-Yaga Doll
Third Place Winner in Beaded Objects category
1. The traditional question: what did your
passion for beading start with?
My journey into the world of beads is just
beginning... My name is Natalia Mariash, I was
born in Ukraine, in Kiev, in a family of artists.
Perhaps my genes or the "city of seven hills",
where we moved (Moscow), influenced my
perception of the world. The worship of beauty
in all its forms and its attraction I felt from a
very early age. Now it is very often my
admiration with the creations of artists who
work with beads. Seeing their excellent items,
which embodies the positive idea, and superb
craftsmanship, it is impossible to remain
2. Have you ever participated in any contests
like Fashion Colorworks?
I have never entered such contests previously.
Having a good basic sewing skills and some
experience in beading, I ventured to become
a member of the Fashion Colorworks 2013.
Frankly, I was interested in it and pushed the
set task of working with color combinations.
I see the color is not just a visual phenomenon,
but as a distinct language in which the
combination of shades - like a palette of
words - can compete with even the great
Russian language. A well-chosen color
combinations evoke emotions, especially if
they have backed the idea, which is guessed
in a work.
3. Why did you decide to create for the
contest such an unusual item as your
The idea of the doll was brought to me by my
daughter from her beading classes where they
just developed the theme of Slavic mythology.
This topic also triggered my interest! That's it,
quite by accident, we opted for Baba-Yaga. In
our version, she is not old and sinister, but a
young and wise woman.
4. What do you think about contest color
The suggested color combinations, it seemed
to me, were not quite so simple and, of course,
I got interested to work with them. The palette
for the Baba-Yaga was completely appropriate,
at once the combination of fabrics, straw, pale
colors to the head piece, unknown mushrooms
5. What can you tell us about your other contest
The Dragon Handbag and the necklace "12" I
decided to keep for myself; these are the items
associated with my personal experience. The
necklace had a long preparatory work but I
spent just one day to make it, it's a rarity for
me. I usually work through a lot of options,
and then after a while go back to an item and
choose the best design solution.
6. Do you have any professional beading
Of course, but it is unlikely these are my
personal secrets. For example, a composition
where the image and the background is almost
no different often seems lifeless and excluded.
Our view draw in the first place the elements
that differ from background in color, brightness
and texture. Light items on a dark background
seem to be more illuminated, and sometimes
even more mysterious - this technique was
successfully used by Renaissance artists.
Full interview with Natalia Mariash
Beadworks by Natalia Mariash
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