Beki Haley has been in love with beads for over 50 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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Miriam Shimon is a jewelry designer and artist born and raised in Denmark and since the age of 18 resided in Israel. Born with a natural inclination towards creativity, Miriam has carved a distinctive niche for herself in the world of jewelry design through her  craftsmanship and innovative designs.

With a career spanning several years, Miriam has achieved widespread recognition for her love and dedication to her craft. Her unique approach to jewelry making has earned her numerous accolades and awards, establishing her well known figure in the industry. Miriam's creations have graced the pages of prestigious magazines, showcasing her delicate designs to a global audience.

Miriam's speciality lies in working with seed beads and crystals. She weaves together  delicate elements, creating intricate patterns and captivating textures. Her attention to detail and joyful color combinations, and varying techniques bring her visions to life.

Additionally, Miriam is known for her proficiency in working with soutache—a decorative cord traditionally used in embroidery. Through her artistic vision, Miriam transforms these materials into wearable works of art.

Miriam's jewelry reflects a harmonious blend of her Danish roots and her Israeli surroundings, resulting in unique and culturally inspired designs. Her creations often evoke a sense of nature, incorporating organic shapes and vibrant colors that capture the essence of both her heritage and her environment.

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Melissa Shippee

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Melissa Shippee is a beadwork artist known for her extravagant beaded masks and other show pieces, and enjoys sharing her unique designs with the world through online and in-person workshops, beading kits, and downloadable patterns. 

 Not always a jewelry artist, Melissa began her adult life with an education in physics and fine art painting, but a left turn into motherhood led her to the unique and wonderful world of beading and she’s been hooked on the art form ever since.

Melissa’s other interests include construction, gardening, any and all branches of science, cooking and baking, and spending time with her family.

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Miriam Shimon

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Beki Haley

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