March, 2014

My Lovely Beads, e-Newsletter

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Stone of March: AQUAMARINE

March Stone:

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).

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Rhodonite - stone of love

Rhodonite, also called "Burning Rose," is a silicate quartz of rose-red color, often tending to brown color. The mineral was named "rhodonite" by Christoph Friedrich Jasche in 1819, the term comes from the Greek word RHODON meaning rose. It has surprisingly been the best kept secret, and managed to slip through history without much accounts on it. The gem is known for centuries for teaching humanity the lessons of universal unconditional love. Rhodonite teaches self love, and absolute love towards others.

Rhodonite is well known among collectors for its beautiful pink and red color. The red variety can be so deep red that it rivals the color of ruby. Rhodonite often has black veins running through a specimen, giving it the distinct appearance of pink with black crisscrossing lines and flower-like formations throughout. These are the forms most commonly used as gemstones, being cut and polished into cabochons, beads, and other ornamental objects.

The two most outstanding localities for this mineral, where incredible blood-red transparent crystals came from, are in New South Wales, Australia, and in Minas Gerais, Brazil. Two Peruvian localities also produce fabulously colored rhodonite. Some of the largest and most classic rhodonite crystals once came from Franklin, New Jersey. Rough masses can still be found there, but the fine crystals are long exhausted. The Sterling Hill Mine in nearby Odgensburg also produced some rhodonite crystals, but not quite as magnificent as those at Franklin.

Pink crystals similar to those at Franklin come from the Harstigen Mine in Pajsbergat, Varmland, Sweden. A classic source of rhodonite was Malosedelnikovskoe, Yekaterinbug, in the Ural Mountains of Russia, where massive Rhodonite was mined for its use as an ornamental stone, especially for use in the palaces of the Czars. The other notable sources of rhodonite are in Italy and in New South Wales, Australia. Rhodonite is the official gem of Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Fashion Colorworks. Start over!

It's already time to submit entries to the Fashion Colorworks 2014. 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.
•  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.
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!

Fashion Colorworks 2014 Beading Contest

Fashion Colorworks 2014 rules
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Art and adornment

Coco Chanel said, "Adornment is never anything except a reflection of the heart." - that is the motto of Carla Fox, a wearable art designer from the state of Oregon, USA. Carla seeks out the unusual, the discarded, the overlooked; she sees beauty where it may not currently exist, but she can coax it out and give it new life.

Carla uses in her works fabric scraps, samples and yardage from her many projects in the past, add the antique and vintage buttons, jewelry bits and pieces, lace, textiles, found objects, feathers, leaves and millinery veiling she's collected over the years, and now you have a bit of an idea of what's stashed in her overflowing studio! Meet Carla Fox in our newsletter today!

Carla says, "I find inspiration in the mostly unlikely of places: in the lacy pattern of a spider web across a dirty window, in the shapes and textures of crumpled papers that have missed the wastebasket, in a tattered and discarded wedding dress, pulled from a thrift shop bin.

All these things, and more, inspire me to move toward and explore new ways of combining materials, textures and colors. Of course, the usual inspirations are not lost on me either; spring blooming trees and flowers offer endless ideas for neckpieces and collars.

The ever-changing Oregon skies, endless cloudscapes and their nuances of whites entice me to create neckpieces in bridal laces and satins. I have always been passionate about color, be it in my wardrobe, or my walls, or in the art that I create. The love of color has been my signature in my professional work as an interior designer, as well as my work as an artist and jewelry maker.

After gaining a degree in interior design, I have worked in that field for over 20 years. I loved the profession (it was a calling, actually), but I began to feel restricted in my artistic expression by things beyond my control (budgets, clients' needs and desires, time constraints and the like).

As I moved away from the design profession, I kept many fabric samples from my design library that I knew someday I'd "do something with", although I never thought I'd be incorporating them into jewelry designs. The rich brocades, tapestries and printed cottons offered a wealth of colors and patterns that have since been used in creating the mixed media textile cuffs and collars that I now make.

As I was weaning myself away from the interior design profession, I began to make beaded jewelry for myself, from beads and findings I had picked up on my travels, and from flea markets and gem shows I'd attended over the years. I had quite a "stash" of items, many of them vintage and antique pieces passed on from my grandmother. At first, my necklaces were of the more traditional type: a pendant with symmetrical glass and gemstone beads surrounding it..."

Full article by Carla Fox
Wearable art by Carla Fox
Facebook Page: Art and Adornment by Carla S. Fox
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Bead Fair 2014, Hamburg, Germany

Bead Fair 2014

Inspiring impressions and lasting memories from the 3rd BEADERS BEST Bead Art Fair are stirring up excitement for the next fair in 2014. You can expect the same amazing deals, distinguished workshop instructors, and international flair of being amongst visitors from around the world.

For all those interested in bead jewelry, this special event is the place to be. Whether you are a professional artisan or an independent artist, a teacher or a vendor, a hobbyist or simply curious, there is something for everyone. Start planning today!

MesseHalle Hamburg-Schnelsen
Modering 1a, 22457 Hamburg

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Workshops at the Bead Fair 2014

Creative ideas are my goods

Living and working in Israel, Isabella Lam started beading in 2004. Over the years, beadwork became her profession. Creating new designs of beaded jewelry using unique combinations of materials is always an opportunity for challenge. Isabella enjoys sharing her passion and love for beads and inspiring her students to jewelry making. Isabella is a leading beadwork designer and her fans all over the world have the opportunity to learn and create many of her off-loom projects. Sparkle and elegant, these are two words that could define Isabella's jewelry style!

Isabella says, "I discovered the world of beads in 2004 and I fell in love with them. I've learned hard for several months and soon got familiar with main beading techniques, and then started designing original beaded jewelry. Six months later my husband and I started our first bead store.

Unusual beads and shapes challenge me to create "a new story", each piece is original jewelry. I design some of them using new patterns that I develop by myself (like "Duo Kate" and "Duo lace"), and some of the items combine familiar ones in interesting way. Most of my pieces are created spontaneously as the beads, my imagination and inspiration lead me to each design.

I start beading a new piece according to an image of a future jewelry which I see in my dreams. Picking up and combining matching beads is challenge that can last until I get the desired jewel that I love. Sometimes a result is pretty far from what I imagined, and the other time it is exactly what I kept in my mind.

I believe that the beauty of our world will never stop giving me inspiration to create beaded jewelry. Sense of tranquility leads me to create a new piece, and the results amaze me every time. Women love beauty and my jewelry help to join it. I believe in the healing abilities of working with beads, it's also good to me.

My exposure to the world of beads was very sudden, and jewelry making is the field I'm most interested and focused on. I learned that occupational therapy uses different means including bead weaving. I believe, the design of one of my necklaces named "Reve" was really created in my sleep.

The Internet is my window to the world of fashion, creations, trends, and top colors, and I'm getting influence to my work from that information. Other designers' beadworks often help me decide if my jewelry is enough interesting and original, or it needs my special touch. I get inspired from beautiful creations of different designers; I also receive creative ideas from paintings and sewn items which I have no idea who created them, though I respect all artists regardless of who they are..."

Full article by Isabella Lam
Beadwork gallery by Isabella Lam
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Contest IBA 2015. On a Journey of Discovery

Contest IBA 2015. On a Journey of Discovery

Do you like to travel? Do you like to see and study the shapes, patterns and colors of other regions or nations? Do you or your ancestors belong to an ethnic group or from a region with its own unique use of forms, its own style of patterns or color language? Let it inspire you to create a work or art.

You have a relatively free choice of theme. Maybe it's your native country or travel impressions, or books or the Internet that have stirred your imagination. Whichever it is, please tell us the source of your inspiration when you submit your artwork. Categories are:

• Wearable Jewelry (also for men!)
• Objects of Art / Art Objects

Contest IBA 2015 rules are:

• Beads must be strung using thread or wire in the commonly known techniques; they can, however, be combined with other materials such as polymer clay, paper, leather, metal, etc. Lampworkers are also welcome.
• There will be 5 winners in each category, as well as a Reader's Choice award.
• Entry begins: October 1, 2014.
• Deadline: December 31, 2014.
• Nominees will be announced in the Spring 2015 issue of Perlen Poesie.
• Winners will be presented at the 5th BEADERS BEST Bead Art Fair in 2015.

Contest IBA 2015. On a Journey of Discovery

Book shelf - 12 Magic Animals

A little fantasy and magic, wire, beads and new ideas, - and your home will be filled with beauty and come alive! If you have never tried to create toys and ornaments with your own hands but always dreamed about it, then this book is for you. It will also please those who love fantasy and fiction, and have been familiar bead craft. Even skilled bead artists can find a lot of new things as they are going to know the new kind of beadwork, mini-sculptures made from beads!

And yet, this book is about learning how to create handmade magic. Though this statement seems to be naive, it makes sense. The authors believe that every person is capable of doing something unusual because wonder is just on the tips of our fingers!

A wonderful story that follows each small beaded sculpture creation will help you tune in the boundless space called fantasy. And who knows, perhaps it's you who will bring a spark of new Wonder and Inspiration into the world of reality.

Full description of Beading Wonder Space. 12 Magic Animals Book
Buy 12 Magic Animals Book by Natalia Bulba on iTunes

Less is More: Small Works in a Great Space

Less is More: Small Works in a Great Space (A Mitchell Gallery National Juried Exhibition) - this exhibition of small works, no larger than 8" x 10" x 4", includes pieces of art by artists from across the nation. Distinguished juror Domenic Iacono, director of Syracuse University Art Galleries, selected paintings, drawings, prints, ceramics, collages, mixed media, photographs, jewelry and small sculpture. 235 artists from 34 states submitted 627 works for the juror's consideration, and 269 artworks of 173 artists were selected.

Premiere Opening of "Less is More: Small Works in a Great Space" exhibition will take place on May 28th from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. At this lively Premiere Opening of the Mitchell Gallery's national juried exhibition, guests will have the first opportunity to purchase the original works of art on display at the exhibit, which features a wide array of 2- and 3-dimensional pieces. All works are for sale and can be viewed in the online gallery. All proceeds benefit the educational programs of the Gallery. The exhibit runs from May 28 through June 15, 2014; the Mitchell Gallery address is: 60 College Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21404.

Online gallery of the Less is More Exhibition
Beadwork by Zoya Gutina at the Less is More Exhibition

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)


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