Thursday, February 28, 2008

Haute Couture Beadwork

ladd beadworkLouise Hill has written a lovely post about two New York brothers who design and work with beads. Their names are Steven and William Ladd. Their signature pieces focus on purses decorated with beads and filled with beaded jewelry. To learn more about these two, click on the title above. You'll be redirected to Louise's blog where she provides all the links to information and a website filled with eye candy. Enjoy!
Read more on the web:
Your New Best Friends

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Once: An Inspiration

It was one of those moments in life we all dream about - when the impossible becomes possible:

Two unknown street musicians, an Irishman named Glen Hansard and a Czech named Marketa Irglova, wrote a song called “Falling Slowly”. It was up against three songs from Disney's "Enchanted" for an Academy Award. When "Falling Slowly" was announced as the winner, the audience went wild. Glen gave a short speech and then the orchestra cut in and cut off Marketa. The two artists left the stage amid cheers from the crowd. The moment was so moving that the Academy brought Marketa back onstage to give her acceptance speech. In case you missed it, here are their inspiring words & why this moment was so wonderful:

Click here to listen to the song and album: Falling Slowly

Monday, February 25, 2008

Winners: Wearable Expressions 2008

jean power
I received this email today from Gabrielle, curator of the WE '08 show. The winners include an honorable mention to Jean Power for her geometric beaded bracelet "3-4-2". Congratulations Jean!

Best of Show - $1,000 – Margarete Palz, Germany. Symmetric, Asymmetric Left and Asymmetric Right – a group of three.
First Place Fiber - $500 – Sue Bradley, England. Op-Art Coat & Turban
Second Place Fiber - $300 – Elaine Unzicker, California, USA, Shimmering Free
Unique Use of Materials, Fiber - $100 – Catherine Black – Florida, USA, Romance
Honorable Mention Fiber – Wearable Expressions paperweight
Lynne Bruning, Colorado, USA, Day Glo Weave; Heather Martin, BC, Canada, In Darkness There is Light – Asymmetrical Jacket and Panel Skirt; Noel Palomo-Lovinski, Ohio, USA, Levels of Confession; Sandra Martinez, California USA, Outfit 1
First Place Jewelry - $500 – Alexandra Chaney, Washington, USA, Repel: Aprilophobia
Second Place Jewelry - $300 – Laurie A. D. Kanyer, Washington, USA, Mosaic Law
Third Place Jewelry - $100 – Kenneth C. MacBain, New Jersey, USA, Untitled Bracelet #1
Unique Use of Materials, Jewelry, Yoko Noguchi, Tennessee Autumn
Honorable Mention Jewelry – Wearable Expressions paperweight
Jean Power, England, Geometric 3-4-2; Victoria Cubeiro, California, USA; Lily Liu, Kansas, USA; Lily Liu 2 #307; Shana Kroiz, Maryland, USA, Arrow Bloom
Best of Show Accessories - $200 – Lisa Temple-Cox, England, Vanitas 4: Night Creatures
Unique Use of Materials, Accessories - $100 – Michael Giancristiano, California, USA, Handbag #2
Honorable Mention, Accessories – Wearable Expressions paperweight
Barbara Maxey, New York, USA, A Mad Hat for Alice: Painting the White Roses Red; Noriko Matsumoto, Japan, Woolen Merino & Ramie Polka-Dot Scarf; Ann DeVuono, Washington, USA, My Derrick; Christina Newberry, Australia, Material Memories

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Wearable Expressions '08

Wearable Expressions, the juried international exhibit for wearable art, is slated to open tomorrow at the Palos Verdes Art Center:

“Art-to-wear is the unique creation of an artist seeking a fresh alternative to the conventional media of painting and sculpture,” says curator of the exhibit, Gabrielle. “Each exhibition brings works made with new technology as well as pieces created with unexpected materials used in unusual ways. Many are also very serious conceptual works of fiber or jewelry art expressing the concerns and viewpoints of our time.”

This year’s exhibit includes 250 fiber and jewelry creations from a total of 166 artists from all over the world. Artists representing beadwork include Lisa Klakulak, Lana May, Jean Power, Tatiana Van Iten, and Susan Mandel (aka Beadweaver). Awards will be announced tomorrow evening at the event's opening (open to the public). To learn more, click on the title above.

Event info from around the web:
Art Slant
Artist Invitation (pdf) - includes the list of participating artists

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Lark's Newest Beading Books

I was browsing the Lark Books new website and noticed the beading books they have scheduled for release this spring. To find out more, click on the title:

Polymer Clay Beads by Gary Diffendaffer
Glass Bead Workshop by Jeri Warhaftig
Boutique Bead and Wire Jewelry by Melody MacDuffee
Ceramic Bead Jewelry by Jennifer Heynen
Creative Quilting with Beads by Valerie Van Arsdale Shrader
50 Nifty Beaded Cards by Chris Rankin
Masters: Glass Beads
Beading with Pearls

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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Beadweaver Studio Goes Live!

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to announce the launch of my new Studio:

Beadweaver Studio will offer kits, patterns, and the occasional, hard to find goody...

Two new items: the Versailles Bracelet and the Giverny Bracelet - both popular at the recent Bead Expo in Johannesburg, South Africa - are now available as kits to beaders all over the world. Each kit is offered in two color ways. These kits are limited editions so be sure to check them out soon by clicking on the title above. Best of all: Standard shipping for February is free. Enjoy!

Friday, February 01, 2008

Bead & Button Show: New Classes Added

bead showBead & Button has added new classes to their line up for June. Many are classes that were sold out early. If you're thinking about going, check out the current class list by clicking on the title above - see "2008 Information" for class availability. (Shown left: Free Form Resin by Kim O'Neill)

Earlier Posts: 2008 Bead & Button Show

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