My name is Katalin Budainé Nagy, alias BéKata.
I live in Budapest, Hungary. I have always loved all kinds of creativity, in my younger years I was sewing, drawing and painting for years. I graduated as an interior designer in my early thirties, where I studied art history, chromatics, drawing and furniture history amongst other subjects. I enjoyed those years very much, these studies developed my creativity and designing skills. I turned to jewelry making 15 years ago, at first I worked with wire, but that was not for me. Then I started beadweaving, but it was not satisfying enough either, I felt I could not fly high enough. So I decided to try bead embroidery… When I saw the American and Russian ladies’ artworks, I felt I had arrived in my own creative world… I am continuously learning new techniques, looking for new materials, tools, I love mixed media, and my new love is polymer clay. It is huge fun to combine these two techniques, the result is always a completely unique piece of art. I have been teaching bead embroidery in Hungary for 4 years, in the biggest beadshop of Budapest.
My personal Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/budaikata
My jewelry Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bekatajewels/
My Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/budaikata?ref=si_shop
My blog: http://bekataekszer.blogspot.com/
Happysun and Happymoon
My project springs from my huge happiness, that I can be a part of this Zoom class. Since my favourite color is turquoise, it was out of the question, that one of the colorways would not contain this color. Lately I make polymer clay jewelry too, so it was clear: I will use self-made polymer clay cabs in my project in order to make a really unique piece.
The cabs are made of Cernit polymer clay, with some patina on the top. There are Czech Tile beads and Tibetan tubes around, sparkling rhinestone chains and colorful ballchains and French wire were used. The silk tassel at the bottom is a cheerful part of the pendants. The ’Happysun’ color combo reminds me of a hot summer beach with a light sea breeze. The ’Happymoon’ color combo symbolizes a lonely, long walk near a waterfall on a cold winter day.
I hope all of you will find joy and happiness while making them.
Francis and Irv live with their Grandma.
Francis believes that Gammy likes Irv more and he is not sure what to do about it. Ever since he returned the Audubon Society's Field Guide to North American Birds to the library with all the cloacas on every picture neatly cut out, Gammy hasn't look at him the same. He is trying to make up for it by becoming the baddest scavenger this year. His music teacher is very impressed with his singing, but this semester he decided he is going to become a California Condor and give up his songbird roots. By sheer will he so far manifested the eyes required for the job and he asks for seconds at dinner to make sure he grows faster. He told everyone in class that he feasted on the flesh of not one but two pussycats while on summer break, but the other kids doubt it. All the girls have a crush on him.
Irv loves it when Gammy calls him her Bestest Boy. Irv enjoys singing at sun up and sun down and doesn't understand why Francis would not join his emo band. He is a little scared of Francis since Francis decided to become a California Condor, but he loves his cousin and he secretly lets Francis borrow books from the library under his name ever since the unfortunate incident with the Audubon Field Guide. Irv does not hold grudges, he writes the sweetest Valentines and he is secretly in love with the music teacher.
Layers of components are put together to create this embroidered cuff that could easily be made into a pendant if desired. Two-hole cabochons are created separately and then are attached elegantly on top of a beautiful 18”x30” natural stone cabochon. Beautiful Swarovski pearls and crystals enhance the embroidery. A lovely fold over pave clasp finishes the beaded art allowing you to size it to your own wrist size. Inspired by a bead embroidered piece I coveted in Italy while teaching there years ago!
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.
Kinga Nichols was born in 1980, in Hungary. At 19, she packed up her life in a backpack and moved to the US where she has been residing since, albeit not at the same place. She currently lives in Boulder, Colorado with her boyfriend and furbabies Samantha Regina Nichols and Marley. Samantha Regina is not only her muse but her model as well. Many of Kinga's best known pieces were popularized by the canine model.
One way or another Kinga has been always making things, which started turning into a career when she was painting murals at the time she lived in New York. The murals were fun, but she did not feel like painting was her calling. Eventually she picked up a bead and Button magazine in 2007, found a bead embroidery project, and slowly but surely the obsession took over.
After that first project, she started creating her own designs and quickly found her own distinctive voice that allowed her to translate her imaginings into beadwork. Kinga is always brainstorming, and her imagination provides an endless supply of fanciful ideas that she translates into bead embroidery.
Her work first got noticed in the first Battle of the Beadsmith, quickly followed by her being a BeadDreams finalist in 2013 and getting 3rd place in the same competition in the Swarovski category in 2014, and a book feature in Marcia Decoster Presents, 2014. In 2015 she won first place in the crystal category in BeadDreams. She has done a number of instructional bead embroidery videos for Interweave publishing in 2016 and 2017, and has been featured in magazines in the US and Europe.
In 2013 she started teaching and she hopes to continue this as her chosen profession for a long time to come, not only passing on beady knowledge, but perhaps her unique way of looking at the world as a magical place filled with endless possibilities.
You can reach Kinga by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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