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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).
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
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.
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
• 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.
Fashion Colorworks 2014 rules
Submit your entries to Fashion Colorworks!
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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.
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
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
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
Full article by Carla Fox
Wearable art by Carla Fox
Facebook Page: Art and Adornment by Carla S. Fox
Etsy Shop: etsy.com/shop/carlafoxdesign
Bead Fair 2014, Hamburg, Germany
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
Modering 1a, 22457 Hamburg
Hotel info: click here
For more info: email@example.com
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
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
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
Etsy Shop: etsy.com/shop/bead4me
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.
• 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
Online gallery of the Less is More Exhibition
Beadwork by Zoya Gutina at the Less is More Exhibition
Miho Kanaya's exhibition in New York City
April 8 - April 19, 2014
Reception: April 10, 2014
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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