February, 2014

My Lovely Beads, e-Newsletter

Happy International Women's Day!

Winter is over? Spring is coming! Read in the February issue of our MyLovelyBeads.com newsletter:

Contact us with any questions at info@mylovelybeads.com.
Best regards,
MyLovelyBeads.com Team

Stone of February: AMETHYST

February Stone:

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), Virgo (Virgin).

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Elbaite - gem from tourmaline group

Elbaite is a mineral species belonging to the tourmaline group. Elbaite forms three species with dravite and with schorl. Elbaite is the most well-known and valuable form of tourmaline, almost all of the tourmaline gemstones are of the elbaite variety. The mineral was after the island of Elba, Italy, where it was first found in the deposits of San Piero in Campo and nearby Sant'Ilario in Campo in 1913. These deposits have produced very old historic Elbaites, especially the classic Moor's Head Tourmalines with black caps.

Elbaite is perhaps the most multicolored mineral, coming in virtually every color of the spectrum. Colors include green, red, pink and blue. White, colorless, black, brown, yellow, orange, and purple colors are less common. Many green and blue specimens are strongly pleochroic. When viewed through their vertical axis, such specimens appear darker in color than when seen through their horizontal axis. Certain elbaites exhibit a cat's eye effect when polished into cabochons.

Elbaite is form of tourmaline used as a gemstone. Its popularity has greatly increased since the 1990's, now it's one of the most prized minerals, and fine crystals can be among the most beautiful examples in the mineral kingdom. Elbaite crystals that are highly valued by collectors.

Elbaite is cut into all forms and styles for jewelry use but very often instead of being faceted extremely aesthetic slender crystals of elbaite are preserved for their beauty. Thick, elongated crystals are sometimes sliced into sections and sold as "Tourmaline cross sections."

Since elbaite was originally discovered in Italy, it has since been found in many parts of the world. An immensely popular yet rare neon blue elbaite came from the Paraiba Mine, Paraiba, Brazil and distinctly beautiful raspberry to ruby-red elbaite (rubellite) from the Jonas Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil. The other very important localities include Russia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Mynamar, Namibia, Mozambique, Nigeria. In the US, Southern California produces some of the most outstanding elbaites. On the East Coast of the US, in New England are some of the classic and famous tourmaline quarries. In 1994, a major locality was discovered in Canada, at O'Grady Lakes in the Yukon.

International Women's Day

International Women's Day has been observed since in the early 1900's, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.

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 History Month".

International Women's Day 2014
Happy holiday, dear friends!

An Aussie beaders journey

Many have heard this name quite recently - Melissa Ingram, and fell in love with her unusual beadworks. Born in Darwin, Australia, Melissa lives in Brisbane. We can firmly say that she already worked out her own style that is liked by many. Read Melissa's story, look at her beadworks, - we're glad to introduce an artist from the land of kangaroo!

Melissa says, "As a 2 year old I could be found placing fabric scraps together to make appealing collages to the delight of my mother. At the age of 5 I can remember being taken by the hand to the few classrooms we had at the village school, so that the Principal could show the other students a drawing I had done of a Japanese lady in a kimono. I had drawn and colored the piece so well that he was quite taken with it. I still remember his excitement introducing me to the classes and handing around the drawing.

I have been an artistic soul for as long as I can remember. I have drawn, painted, dabbled in photography, fashion design and mosaics. In 1994 I was wandering down a windy street in Fremantle, Western Australia and came across a bead store. Curious, I went inside and stared lovingly into the many jars and containers housing millions of beautiful beads. I bought some gold bugle beads that day. I had no clue what to do with them, but they were just so pretty I had to have them; I still have them to this day.

My first attempt at working with beads was clumsy, using sewing threads and needles. I drew a design onto a piece of calico and sewed the bugle beads onto it. The beads soon sawed through the thread and started falling off. Not deterred I started experimenting with different types of beads, threads and needles and began making appliques. After a few years I tired of this and put the beads away.

It was not until 2004 that I came across a piece of beadwork (artist unknown) created using a stitch called "peyote" immediately I knew I had to learn how to do it (I had to learn how to pronounce it too!). At this time there were no Youtube videos and only one international beading magazine, "Bead & Button" was available in Australia.

Beading supplies were limited and expensive in those days; but despite this hurdle I began teaching myself and experimenting with off loom beadweaving stitches. Bead and soutache embroidery research and sampling came next. My design journey has now embraced shibori silk ribbon as a design element within bead embroidery..."

Full article by Melissa Ingram
Bead artwork by Melissa Ingram
Email: honeybee67@gmail.com
Website: www.aussiebeader.com
Blog: sbjdesign.blogspot.com.au
Facebook: facebook.com/melissa.ingram.796?fref=ts8
Etsy Shop: midesign.etsy.com

Fashion Colorworks 2014. Last notes

Fashion Colorworks 2014 sponsor OktaBeads.eu, the shop selling beads and other supplies for beading, announced 15% discount for the contest participants. To be considered, when placing your order you must enter coupon code MLB2014. Discount doesn't depend on the amount of the order, however, doesn't apply to wholesale purchases, but you're not going to buy several kilos of beads by Miyuki, Preciosa or Matsuno to make a few competition beadworks, right? The submission process starts in a month! Good luck! We wish you success!

Fashion Colorworks 2014 Beading Contest

Fashion Colorworks 2014 rules
Questions? Contact us at info@mylovelybeads.com
We invite sponsors for the Fashion Colorworks 2014 contest!

In the direction of dreams

We're not sure that the phrase "terra incognita" can be applied to a person, but many even known artists don't want to be in public prefer being not well known (what a word play!). Anja Schlotman is one of them. When we invited her to our newsletter she confessed that she accepted the call only second time. We have known Anja in person for years and believed she and her art deserve better recognition, and when we read her story we understood: she is a unique personality. Happy to have Anja in our newsletter!

Anja says, "My life had become complicated (yes, that word will return later). Our daughter married and moved to Canada. Some of my dearest friends lived in Europe and yet my life was here in California, US. How could I ever connect those points? I was directing the tourist office for the active San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce and leading a special team of seven part time employees. I learned a lot and liked my work but something was missing.

I was not going confidently in the direction of my dreams and I knew it. It was time to do some serious soul searching and make the necessary changes. In 2007 I decided to travel for two months to Europe by myself. A dear Dutch friend took me to Paris where we visited the Rodin museum. Right there in the gardens I finally made up my mind.

I still remember staring at "The Thinker", thinking about how Rodin was able to carve the marble into the shapes he envisioned, "If Rodin can manage to change the shape of that marble, I should be able to manage to change the direction of my life." No idea why that thought crossed my mind but it did and that day I started my brand-new journey. I had just discovered seed beads. I loved those little sparkly glass objects.

Upon my return to California I decided to start designing. That summer I was fortunate enough to meet Huib Petersen. Huib took me on as his apprentice and the rest is history. His generosity helped me find my way. I finished my first workshop design "Night Time in Jerusalem" on January 21, 2008. The beads got a serious hold of me. Now they pretty much direct my life as strange as that may sound, and yes, they do talk to me too.

I am fascinated by the fact that I can now say that I found that medium I was perhaps unconsciously always looking for. All of my life comes together in the projects which grow out of my heart, head and hands. I was four years young when my grandmother taught me how to crochet. I was left handed so everything took a little extra creative effort which was OK. I loved to crochet..."

Full article by Anja Schlotman
Beadwork gallery by Anja Schlotman
Email: anja@anjasbeaddesign.com
Blog: www.anjasbeaddesign.com
Facebook: Anja S Bead-Design
Places to buy "Beaded Treasures" and "Beaded Nostalgia" books: look in the article.

Perlen Poesie Magazine. Issue 20

March 10th, 2014 - PERLEN POESIE 20 is coming out!

Painting with Beads: featuring the French artist AlexArgai and 17 charming jewelry projects, some evocative of painting. Check out design ideas using new types of beads. Also, a course in the Saraguro technique, tips and tricks, and the new rubric Bead of the Season. Last but not least, a presentation of the jewelry workshops that will be offered at the 4th BEADERS BEST Bead Art Fair. A fresh and beady spring full of motivation!

• The Beauty of Grey
Alexandra Le Houedec: The artist's jewelry designs are inspired by her home country. The finest of structures and subtle shades of color are reminiscent of the grasses, lichens and marine flora of Brittany.
• 4th BEADERS BEST - The Workshops
Mark it, get set and go: More than ever before! Classy jewelry, fabulous techniques - renowned national and international artists offer 3 days of workshops. Have fun choosing and planning!
• Give It a Try
Course: Saraguro, the stitch from Ecuador; you can create beautiful formations using this technique.
• Trendy Shibori
Elegant, shimmering material: Shibori ribbons. They can be artfully mixed with beads in works of embroidery.
• She Dances with Wolves
Portrait: Nadya Gerber - trained as a glass technologist, and has made a name for herself with her imaginative jewelry designs.
• 17 Projects
Something for everyone: Information about level of difficulty, time involved and cost help you find what's right for you.

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Book shelf - Beaded Sculpture

Do you want to become a Creator? Do you want to learn how to create sparkling fairy worlds inhabited by the most unimaginable and beautiful creatures? How to grow gardens and build temples? And even create wonderful images of people and fantastic creatures? Or do you just want to become a great bead artist and learn how to put your heart into works, so that they would begin to shine and come to life?

And then do you want all shades of colors and depth of radiance could follow your thoughts about better world decoration? Perhaps, you dream to comprehend the secret of unlimited Inspiration and true Mastery, when every moment of work turns into a tale, which you don't want to finish, and each new sample is better and more beautiful than the previous one?

Or do you dream to visit Fairyland you loved so much as a child and where you might still be remembered? Tiny trolls and dwarves are strolling there as before, and one of the Fairies will be flying around you all the time being ready to come to help at any moment and recalling memories that all things came from the Magic? You will be able to learn and find answers on all these questions with me - Merry Beads Book of Magic Inspiration.

Full description of Beading Wonder Space. Beaded Sculpture Book
Buy Beaded Sculpture Book by Natalia Bulba on iTunes

Step by step - Curly Leaf

Curly Leaf Tutorial

When you ask a bead artist about his source of inspiration, you can often hear, "I'm trying to reflect the world around me." That's true and understandable, and many artists incorporate floral motifs into their beadworks: flowers, leaves, vines and so on. That's why tutorials on such projects are so popular among beadweavers.

We have two tutorials on our website that are known to many artists: Russian Leaves and Russian Leaves on one thread, and Zoya Gutina decided to make a gift to beadweavers for the International Women's Day - another tutorial on leaves. It's based on the known pattern but leaves turn out "curly" and not flat, and weaving is processed by only one needle. If you are interested, you can download the tutorial and use it in your bead projects. Happy beading!

Download Curly Leaf Tutorial by Zoya Gutina

Upcoming events

Bead artwork by Miho Kanaya Miho Kanaya's exhibition in New York City

April 8 - April 19, 2014
Reception: April 10, 2014
Caelum Gallery
508-526 W.26th St. Suite 315
New York City, NY, USA

Will be presented:

• Kimono costume "Summer" with 1,650,000 beads (70in x 47in)
• Tapestry "Shibaraku" with 400,000 beads (55in x 29.5in)
• Tapestry "Fibonacci's Roses" with 270,000 beads (39in x 27.5in)
• Fans "Mt.Fuji","Cherry blossoms" and more (15.7in x 23.6in)

Sugarloaf Craft Festivals

Sugarloaf Craft Festivals

March 14, 15, 16, 2013
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks, PA

March 21, 22, 23, 2013
Garden State Exhibit Ctr., Somerset, New Jersey

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!

March 150 - 4th Annual Exhibition Fundraiser March 150 - 4th Annual Exhibition Fundraiser

March 8 - 23, 2014
Target Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 North Union Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

The Target Gallery and the March of Dimes are teaming up to raise money for both organizations with our 4th annual exhibition fundraiser March150 (formerly titled "March Madness"). The show includes 200 panels of artwork created by local artists, each only $150 (and only $100 the night of the Art Party on March 14). There will be two artworks by Zoya Gutina exhibited.

Art Party Details: March 14, 7-10pm / $15 advance or $20 at the door. Presale ticket sales ends close of business on Thursday, March 13th.


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