December, 2013

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Happy 2014 Year!

We hope 2013 has been such a great year for you and 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 best! Read in the December issue:

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Stone of December: TURQUOISE

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).

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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

Patrick Duggan. 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 unique methods.

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Article: Eclectic Bead Style Of Australia

Marsha Wiest-Hines

Marsha Wiest-Hines. 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 Theater.
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.

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Article: From Theatrical Costumes To Art Jewelry

Anneta Valious

Anneta Valious. 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 excitement.
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.

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Article: Soutache - New Jewelry Media

Eva Maria Keiser

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 European masters.
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

Patrizia Tager. 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 bead shop.
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 "Making Jewellery".

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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 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

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 the time.

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 living.

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..."

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