Beki Haley has been in love with beads for over 40 years now. She was introduced to the amazing art form of seed bead weaving by her grandmother when she was a child. That early start in exploring the intricacy and fine detail that can be attained with seed beads has stayed with Beki throughout her life. Even as a young teen, Beki loved teaching others all the beautiful things that can be created with beads. She has over 30 years of teaching experience in several different venues from large auditorium settings to intimate one-on-one classes and everything in between.
Training as a classic silversmith at a young age gave Beki an appreciation and understanding of the art and beauty of jewelry design. Beki uses those formal skills to teach the technical aspects of jewelry design. In her classes, the students learn the importance of attention to detail and craftsmanship while exploring their natural creativity. Her love of beads led Beki to open her own bead store, Out On A Whim, in 1986. With her husband, four children, several animals, and days filled with beads, Beki’s life is complete. During any stressful time in her life, Beki turns to her beads for comfort and calm. The meditative action of beading is the perfect tool to bring peace and joy to her otherwise busy and chaotic life. Sharing that joy by teaching others how to create with beads is a blessing beyond measure.
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Sabine Lippert was born in 1967, right in the "summer of love" , I guess it was my fate to become a beader one day.
As usual an artists way is never straight, so I had a career as a physician first, but crafting and needleworks have always been my passion. There is no better feeling than creating something beautiful with your own hands!
Getting technical skills from my father, an engineer, it was my mother who infected me with her love to the decorative things in life. She showed me and my sister the first basics for knitting, crochet or embroidery and I remember us doing one crafting frenzy after the other!
Some years ago I discovered my first quality beads in la local bead store at my hometown and I did nothing else then beading since then. One idea is creating the next in my mind, new bead shapes keep coming and so it never seems to end.
In 2009 my first book was published in Germany "Das Perlenkochbuch", and now in 2012 the first book "Sabine Lippert's beaded fantasies" is published in the States. Since October 2011 I am a self employed bead-artist and made my passion become my profession.
Unusual objects and shapes become part of a new story as Sherry stitches beads and gemstones, one at a time, to a felt like base. Most pieces are born spontaneously as the beads and Sherry’s imagination dictate the design. She seldom works from sketches. Sherry finds this meditative form of art to be a rich counterpoint to a society full of instant gratification. Some pieces take a year to complete. Each is unique.
Sherry was raised in a military family, moving every few years. She credits that nomadic lifestyle with giving her an adventurous and uninhibited approach to her work.
Sherry was voted one of the top 10 instructors in the United States by Bead & Button magazine. She lectures and teaches throughout the U.S. and has won numerous awards for excellence in design, including Saul Bell Outstanding Jewelry Design Award, Bead International 2006, Kennedy Best of Pennsylvania and Kennedy Best of Nationally. She has been published and has written articles for several well-known magazines. Her work has been featured on the covers of trade magazines and catalogs and is the co-author of the Art of Bead Embroidery with artist and dear friend Heidi Kummli and Sensational Bead Embroidery by Sherry Serafini
Sherry’s beaded art is known internationally and is owned and worn by Grammy winner Melissa Etheridge, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Lenny Kravitz, and singer Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas. Her beadwork has been seen at fashion week in Milan.
Inspired by the ornamental style of Art Nouveau that flourished between about 1890 and 1910. Art Nouveau is characterized by its use of a long, sinuous, organic line and was employed most often in architecture, interior design, jewelry and glass design, posters, and illustration. It was a deliberate attempt to create a new style, free of the imitative historicism that dominated much of 19th-century art and design.
La Donna is comprised of the different structures of RAW, Cubic RAW and Double CRAW.
The sparkly focal is a real eye catcher and the pearls dripping from the fringe create a beautiful and feminine dance.
La Belle Époque : French for "Beautiful Era") was a period of Western history. It is conventionally dated from the end of the Franco-Prussian War in 1871 to the outbreak of World War I in 1914.
Occurring during the era of the French Third Republic (beginning 1870), it was a period characterized by optimism, regional peace, economic prosperity, an apex of colonial empires, and technological, scientific, and cultural innovations. In the climate of the period, especially in Paris, the arts flourished. Many masterpieces of literature, music, theater, and visual art gained recognition. The Belle Époque was named in retrospect when it began to be considered a "Golden Age" in contrast to the horrors of World War I.
You will Bead embroider a lovely pendant which can be flipped either way you chose. Utilizing Mobiduo’s, Ginko beads, two hole cabs, a gorgeous Lisa Peters cabochon, glass cabochons and more we will explore how they all fit together to “bloom” into a wearable piece of art.
The pendant is hung from a braided leather cord and chains.
Tuscany is a region in central Italy. Its capital, Florence, is home to some of the world’s most recognizable Renaissance art and architecture, including Michelangelo’s "David" statue, Botticelli’s works in the Uffizi Gallery and the Duomo basilica. Its diverse natural landscape encompasses the rugged Apennine Mountains, the island of Elba’s beaches on the Tyrrhenian Sea and Chianti’s olive groves and vineyards.
Using various colors of seed beads you'll capture sparkling Swarovski stones in Cubic Right Angle Weave that you'll then embellish with crystals, pearls and some of the more uniquely shaped new beads on the market.
Then create an beautiful and versatile undulating CRAW necklace to suspend these elements from.
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