Happy 2014 Year!
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for your loved ones. We believe it only continues
getting better and better! Thank you to all for your
support and your sweet and encouraging compliments,
we take all of them to heart. We wish you all the
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Stone of December:
Communication, grounding, connection between physical
and spiritual planes. Brings happiness and good fortune to all,
attracts healing spirits, making it a premier healing stone.
Protective stone, guards against violence and accidents, valuable
amulet for travelers. Zodiac signs: Pisces (Fish), Scorpio
(Scorpion), Sagittarius (Archer).
Chrysocolla - the king of copper gems
Chrysocolla, the king of carbonate copper
gemstones, is an alluring, vivid blue-green
color and is often mistaken for turquoise
because they share many visual similarities.
Associated minerals are quartz, limonite,
azurite, malachite, cuprite, and other
secondary copper minerals. The name comes
from the Greek CHRYSOS, "gold", and
KOLLA, "glue", in allusion to the
name of the material used to solder gold.
The name was first used by Theophrastus
in 315 B.C. Andre-Jean-Francois-Marie
Brochant de Villiers revived the name in
1808. The name "chrysocolla" is often used
for any massive, globular, glassy, blue to
green copper-bearing silicate minerals
which have not been specifically identified
as to species.
This fancy gemstone has inspired creativity
in many artists,
whether they were ancient goldsmiths using
it as solder, Renaissance painters grinding
it as pigment for paint or modern jewelry
designer-artists including it within their
florid designs. Chrysocolla is an opulent
gemstone that can be found with traces of
malachite, turquoise, jasper and azurite
within it, so combining it with these
gorgeous stones to make a beautiful tonal
look is very easy. Chrysocolla can be
combined in beautiful clusters with the
sparkle of Swarovski crystals in rich blue,
green and black designer colors.
Chrysocolla has the ability to bring
harmony, increase wisdom and guide you
toward discretion. Notable occurrences
include Israel, Democratic Republic of
Congo, Chile, Cornwall in England, and
Arizona, Utah, Idaho, New Mexico, Michigan,
and Pennsylvania in the United States.
Fashion Colorworks 2014 Jurors
Patrick Duggan lives in Sydney, Australia. Having
creative siblings, from the early age of 10, Patrick
started being creative with knitting. Always looking
for that perfect creative expression, Patrick has
successfully tried his hand at drawing, painting,
sculpture and not until his late 50's discovered
beading and in particular beadweaving. Very passionate
about his weaving, Patrick has won awards in Australia,
gone on to exhibit his work in galleries, works as a
teacher of beadweaving at a leading Jewelry School in
Sydney and recently began tutorial writing his patterns.
Published in Australian and European magazines, Patrick
has his work in gallery sections of other artist's
books and has been a participant in Battle of The
BeadSmith since its inauguration. Having a 'Regal'
look about many of his designs Patrick is looking
forward to the day he writes his own books and is
always striving to design that unique piece using
Etsy Shop: etsy.com/shop/patrickduggandesigns
Article: Eclectic Bead Style Of Australia
Personal adornment and expression of character through
clothing has been a life-long interest of Marsha
Wiest-Hines. She has been creating wearable art for 40
years in the form of theatrical costumes for the stage,
competition clothing and jewelry for ballroom dancers,
and most recently, beadwoven jewelry and accessories.
She was born in Montana, and earned her BFA in Design
and Technical Theater at University of Montana, and a
MA in Costume Design from Purdue University. She lives
in Minneapolis with her husband Carl, where she has
worked as a draper, tailor, designer, and costume shop
manager at the Guthrie Theater and Minneapolis Children's
In 1987, she started her own business, Made
for Movement, creating costumes for competitive Ballroom
Dancers. She discovered beadweaving in 2007, and fell
instantly in love. Her work has been published in
Bead & Button, Perl'fection Digital Beading Magazine,
Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry, and in 2014, Marcia DeCoster
Presents. She has won numerous awards for her beadwork,
most recently a second place ribbon in the 2014 Bead
Dreams Seed Bead category.
Etsy Shop: etsy.com/shop/hauteicebeadwork
Article: From Theatrical Costumes To Art Jewelry
Anneta Valious was born and raised in Moscow. After
graduating from the Moscow State University, she
married and moved to France, where he lives with his
family in the city of Nantes. Beads came into her
life in 2007, quite by accident, but gradually
creating jewelry literally become a way of her life.
Impressed by creativity of Israeli jewelry designer
Dori Csengeri she fell in love with soutache
embroidery. At that time soutache technique was
little known, there was no literature and tutorials
and you had to learn by yourself. But this did not
stop her, on the contrary, gave her a certain
Since then, Anneta is constantly
developing her skills, regularly takes part in
international exhibitions and competitions and
teaches classes, she has publications in magazines
(the very first one appeared on our website). In 2012
the Russian publishing house AST-Press released her
first book on soutache technique and in 2014 there
was a new book, "Soutache", published by Lark Crafts.
Annette likes experimenting with new techniques, and
this process can be endless since the fantastic world
of beads is boundless.
Etsy Shop: etsy.com/shop/annetavalious
Article: Soutache - New Jewelry Media
Eva Maria Keiser.
Eva Maria Keiser originally from Vienna, Austria,
currently resides in Boise, Idaho, USA. In 2000 bead
art was serendipitously introduced, complimenting a
multi-generational heritage of needlework. The medium
of beads added a new dimension of texture and light
refraction. Her passion for architected structural
design was renewed from witnessing the grandeur of
Many hours are dedicated to the
study and mastery of beadwork exploration. Interactive
narratives, surprising interiors, unique colorways,
and tactility attained from multiple layers best
describe her work. Eva Maria's business services and
corporate training consultancy is integrated and
enhanced through the process of her artistic
expression. Her work has been featured and published
in leading trade magazines.
Quote: "When I'm not beading, I'm sleeping." -
Eva Maria Keiser
Article: Unique Beadwork And Beyond
Patrizia Tager was born in Italy where she lived till
the age of 12. At the age of 12 her family moved to
London (UK) where she attended school and college.
She graduated with a B.A. Hons. in Fashion Design.
After college Patrizia moved to Israel, where she
resides today. Her interest in beadwork was ignited
after attending basic beadweaving classes at a local
From that point on she set out to learn
as many beadwork techniques as she could find. She
fell in love with bead embroidery and throughout the
years developed her jewelry designs to incorporate
bead embroidery with different bead weaving techniques.
Her designs are contemporary using old traditional
techniques. Her work has been published in "Flatwork"
by Nicole Campanella and in Issue 23, January 2011 of
Etsy Shop: etsy.com/shop/triz
Article: Beading Mania
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Dreaming about Gothic
Born and living in the Czech Republic, Lucie
Avramova is already a well-known bead artist.
She is from the city of Plzen, that is close
to the region where glass beads have been
produced for centuries, and Czech Republic is
one of the main glass products exporter today.
No wonder that it's the land of many talented
beadweavers like Lucie!
Lucie said, "First time I learned about beads
when I was about 10 years old. My relatives
were from Jablonec nad Nisou and therefore
beads were everywhere in our home. Then I was
so young and I did not know techniques like
beadweaving or bead embroidery, at that age
I prefer painting, singing and playing piano.
I've been very busy with my activities and
I did not develop my beading skills as such.
In my youth, during my studies at high school,
I started singing in a heavy metal rock group.
I've been a big rebel and beading and other
hobbies gone away. Paradoxically, but my last
liking was the reason why I returned to beading...
It was in 2008, in the beginning of my studies at
the West Bohemian University. I really needed a
black necklace in gothic style for my performances
with my rock group. I was looking for something
over the Internet and I discovered
(Czech equivalent of etsy.com). I remembered I had
a box with beads at home! The same day I found it
and made what I wanted. Soon I created some more
bracelets and necklaces and I even started to sell
them on fler.cz.
I've studied for 6 years and beading filled every
free moment of my life. I started with simple
threading, but I understood that I could do more.
I admired (and I still admire today) beadwork by
Betty Stephan, Miriam Cielo Shimon, and Zoya
Gutina, and by many others and I wanted to bead
like those artists. First, I learned main beading
techniques - peyote, herringbone and brick
stitches; then I tried to weave around cabochons
and last, I learned bead embroidery. Today I can
use many beading techniques but I think I'm still
a beginner because I'm learning something new all
I graduated from my university in 2012 and
continued doctoral studies. During the first year
I wised up to my mistake. Anthropology - my field
of study - was very interesting, but it wasn't
what I really wanted to do. After the first
semester I started thinking about my previous
life and about beading as an occupation in my
future life. The situation on the labor market
facilitated my decision: there were no job
vacancies for the anthropologists in my country;
therefore, I started a small business. Today,
I'm a master of anthropology but jewelry design
became my work that allows me make money for
I love colors, music, theater, nature, the
fantasy world - as in the books and films,
autumn, flowers, rivers, elves, dragons,
world of J.R.R. Tolkien and G.R.R. Martin,
rivers, mountains, leaves, butterflies,
fairy tales, the sun, stars, forests, autumn
rains, summer storms, owls, well-being and
silence, unexplored lands, pagan world of
Celts, Normans, Germans and Slavs. All of
these is my inspiration as well as my
customers. I often make commission jewelry
work for brides and for different occasions..."
Full article by Lucie Avramova
Bead artwork by Lucie Avramova
Online Shop: gothic-sperky.cz
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