Thursday, October 30, 2008

Liza Lou Sculpture at L&M Arts

Take a peak at 45 images from the L&M Arts Gallery in NYC - you'll see a large variety of pieces from Liza Lou's latest work. Click on the title above!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Greetings from Beadweaver!

susan mandelGreetings friends! As you probably have noticed, I've been away from my keyboard for over a month....largely because I have been in South Africa :) I had a wonderful time touring the country and catching up with old friends. I hope to post some photos online as soon as the fog clears from my head...

louise hill photoIn other news (lots to catch up on here!)... Louise Hill, of Louise Hill's Designs had her piece "Worn Without Thorns" accepted into the Bead Museum of D.C's Celebrating Beads exhibit. Louise received Best in Show for Use of Shape, shared the People's Choice Award with Timothy Meikle, and placed second in the Seed Bead category. WOW Congratulations Louise! Read more about this event by clicking here.

Did you know Beadventures is changing hands? Cheryl Coburn Brown who has run the company since 1994 is retiring from the business. The new owner is Cheryl Frasca, an accomplished bead artist from Alaska. You can read more at the Beadventures website.

Diane Hyde has just launched her Gallery which features a selection of her works and kits. If you didn't already know, Diane runs a successful business called "Designer's Findings" where you can find a variety of hard-to-find findings for creating one of a kind designs. Diane specializes in Art Nouveau and Vintage styles. She's also a great resource for brass support blanks for bead embroidered jewelry. Be sure to check out her gallery and her wares!

In other news, Liza Lou opened her newest exhibit at L&M Arts in New York City, September 24th. Known for her painstakingly large beaded works (including a mile long beaded rope), Liza employs women from a local beadwork collective in Durban, South Africa to help bring her creations to life. To see images from the exhibit, click here.

Speaking of bead artists, Lark Books -known for it's image rich "500" series- has just released its newest addition to its "Masters" series: Masters: Beadweaving. Written by Carol Wilcox Wells, this latest beading book features the work of 40 bead artists. The Master's series differs from the 500 series in that the work of each artist is accompanied by a short essay which reviews the artist's style. Masters: Beadweaving is currently available from

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