NWBS General Monthly Guest Speaker Meetings will be held on the 2nd Sunday
of the month.
They usually begin at 1:30 pm with a brief 15-minute business meeting.
Then the speaker's presentation runs approximately one hour.
They will be held at the
Maplewood Rock & Gem Club
8802 196th St SW
Edmonds WA 98026
There is plentiful free parking available in the adjacent gravel lot.
A donation of $5 per meeting attended is suggested for non-members.
WINTER WEATHER POLICY:
If Seattle public schools are closed due to inclement weather on the
same day as the NWBS meeting date, then the meeting will be cancelled.
Volunteers are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes prior to meeting times to assist with the setup of tables, chairs, snacks, and beverages.
Upcoming 2016 Meetings
December 4th, 2016 - NWBS Holiday Party
Date: Sunday, December 4th
Time: 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Please plan to arrive at 10:00 AM for setup
Location: Maplewood Rock & Gem Club
8802 196th St SW
Edmonds WA 98026
Bring: Potluck item, printed workspace photo, plus any optional items:
gift(s) for exchange
project sample for 2017 Seedbeaders proposal
2017 membership dues
swap & sell items.
This will be a special joint meeting of Seedbeaders and the NWBS to celebrate our friendships, shared passions and the winter holidays. Many activities are planned, including:
NWBS Business Meeting and Annual Elections
"My Beading Space" Photo Activity
Bead Challenge Reveal
Two Gift Exchanges (optional as always)
Membership Renewal for 2017
Swap & Sell (at your seat)
Pot Luck Lunch (dessert will be provided)
Business Meeting and Elections
There will be a brief business meeting to start, including the addition of any last minute candidates, followed by the election of the 2017 NWBS Board and Support Staff.
"My Beading Space" Photo Activity
Please take and print a photo of your beading space. This can be your work tray, your beading location at home or away, your bead storage location, or anything you consider part of your beading space. We will display the photos and try to guess which space belongs to which beader.
Seedbeaders Challenge Project Reveal
The challenge rules for this year: 1) Geometric 2) Made mostly of beads (50% + 1 bead). Please have your project in a plain bag and leave it on the challenge project table. We will set up the display and then reveal the artists later in the day.
There will be two separate gift exchanges. One for seedbeader-specific gifts and one for NWBS-general member gifts. If you think your gift is something that would be appropriate only for a seedbeader you can put it in the seedbeader gift exchange and if you think it would be appropriate for any NWBS member you can put it in the NWBS gift exchange. You may bring two gifts and participate in both if you want. Of course, the gift exchange is optional, as always. Please remember: All gifts MUST be bead-related: beads, beaded items, books, tools, kits, etc. Suggested cost of $15 per gift for each exchange. Of course if your gift is a handmade item these guidelines are irrelevant (since you put a significant amount of labor into them).
Here's how it will work: There will be two areas designated for the gifts (pink tablecloth for Seedbeaders, green tablecloth for NWBS). Select the appropriate area, leave your gift there and pick up a the corresponding number slip. The number slip will have two parts. Separate the parts, keep one, and put the other in the appropriate box. The two gift exchanges will have number slips of different colors. Numbers will be drawn from the boxes and you will choose a gift from the section matching your ticket when your number is drawn.
Membership Renewal for 2017
We will have membership renewal forms at the meeting. You can complete a form and add your check. The forms and checks will be mailed to NWBS for you.
Pot Luck Lunch, Swap & Sell, etc.
Don't forget to bring a potluck item for lunch to share! (Dessert will be provided by NWBS.) If you wish to bring a few items to swap and sell at your seat after the gift exchange has finished, please feel free to do so. If you have a project you'd like to teach at Seedbeaders in 2017, please bring a sample to display at this meeting. Please plan to arrive at 10:00 AM to assist with the set-up of tables, chairs, food, and beverages. Thank you!
2016 Past Meetings
January 10th, 2016 - Mary Lee Hu
Mary Lee Hu is professor emeritus at the University of Washington since 2006. Mary first became interested in metalwork in high school and followed this interest through attending Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan to complete her undergraduate degree. She developed her skills and worked with small scale metalwork and jewelry. During her time in Metalsmithing at the Southern University of Illinois at Carbondale, Illinois she started to work with fiber inspired techniques. This lead to her development of her signature style of wire wrapped jewelry. Mary has developed new techniques in coiling, wrapping, weaving, knitting and twining wire. Mary's book Knitted, Knotted, Twisted, and Twined: The Jewelry of Mary Lee Hu is available at Amazon. Facèré Gallery in Seattle is the distributer of Mary's jewelry.
February 14th, 2016 - "My Beading Heart"
Presented by the Northwest Bead Society. Please join us for an afternoon of heart filled celebration. Bring a heart related object and a story to tell about this item. Our afternoon will include a Bead Market*. Refreshments will include: drinks (non-alcoholic), hors d'oeuvres and desserts. You may bring an item of food to share: heart themed food especially welcomed.
*bring items to sell, no 15% fee
March 13th, 2016 - Glorianne Ljubich - "Putting Yourself Out There"
Glorianne Ljubich is a bead designer and teacher heavily influenced by the Art Deco Period. She enjoys creating dimensional jewelry designs using peyote and herringbone stitch, right angle weave, and square stitch.
Glorianne grew up on Vashon Island, and later studied at Western Washington University, where she obtained a liberal arts education, and a degree in Spanish and Teaching. She taught junior high school for several years, and then found her way into real estate. Yearning for a creative outlet, she took up beading about 16 years ago. She has since been published in Beadwork and Bead and Button Magazines, and is currently designing full time and preparing to open a business selling beading patterns and kits.
Glorianne will share her journey of creating beadwork professionally with candor and encouragement for any of you who may want to try it. She will talk about the fear associated with "putting yourself out there," and how to overcome it. She will share insights to her creative process, and what she does to come up with a new design. Glorianne will also discuss the process of "getting published" in beading magazines, and considerations for what may be selected. And, she will talk a bit about the process of starting your own business, as she is doing.
April 10th, 2016 - Lanai Kinsky Trunk Show & Classes
The Northwest Bead Society is pleased to host Lanai Kinsky for teaching and a trunk show for
its April meeting.
Lanai Kinsky studied art in New Mexico and primarily expressed her artistic interest through oil paint,
and sold her work locally. She was later introduced to beading as an artistic expression by Margo
Field. Beading began to take a more prominent place in her endeavors.
Desiring to share her passion for beading she developed her own work and began to teach and sell
her kits. Lanai has been published in Beadwork Magazine in the Feb/Mar 2009, Oct/Nov 2010, and
Apr/May 2015 editions, Perlin Posie December 2012, 2009 Best Stitches by Beadwork Magazine, and
Beadworks 10 Favorite Beaded Earrings, 2013. You can see her work at:
Saturday, April 9th, 2016, 10am to 5pm
Cost: $50, plus supplies, both kits and individual stones will be available for purchase.
Level/Prerequisite: Intermediate to Advanced, knowledge of peyote and netting with stepping up.
Amelia, is designed around the style of Art Nouveau, which originated in the late 19th and 20th
century. Artists set out to raise the artistic crafts to a respected level that painting and sculpture
enjoyed. Artists drew inspiration from geometric and organic forms, combining flowing, natural
forms with angular contours.
Sunday, April 10th, 2016, 10:30 am to 3:30pm
Cost: $15, plus supplies, both kits and individual pyramid beads will be available for purchase.
Level/Prerequisite: Intermediate, knowledge of odd count peyote.
Esperanza, is a classy studded band accented with Swarovski pearls and joined with
bugle beads. This piece flows around the wrist with a solid, continuous look. Lanai was inspired by
the pyramid bead. She "set out to create a piece that was classy, but with a bit of attitude."
General Meeting Information
The General Membership Meeting will be held at its normal time of 1:30. After business is conducted
members will have an opportunity to meet Lanai, ask questions regarding her artwork and beading
inspiration, and shop her trunk show. At around 2:15, general membership activities will conclude
and the Esperanza class will resume. Please note: In lieu of a guest speaker we are offering
the Esperanza class to members at a reduced rate! This will not be a traditional NWBS meeting with
a guest speaker. All are welcome to attend the general meeting, meet Lanai, and shop the trunk
show, but participation in the class requires pre-registration and payment of a $15 fee.
May 15th, 2016 - Nora Smids
Nora Smids is a founding member of NWBS and has served us over the years in various capacities, including President. Nora is a lifelong collector of antique and ethnic jewelry and beads, an interest that was sparked when she was a little girl and her mother gave her a vintage ring that had belonged to her aunt. Since then Nora has scoured flea markets and galleries, has dabbled in antique dealing, and has accumulated many treasures which she will share with us. Please join us as Nora shares her lifelong experiences collecting antique jewelry.
June 2016 - Summer Vacation
We will take a break from general meetings in June as we have Hannah Rosner scheduled for July, our traditional summer break month. We'll also be having our Annual Summer Picnic in July.
July 10th, 2016 - Hannah Rosner Trunk Show
Please feel free to attend the Hannah Rosner Trunk Show and meet Hannah, even if you are not participating in the class. (See below for class details.) Since the trunk show will be held during a break in the class, please arrive promptly.
July 9th & 10th, 2016 - Hannah Rosner - Garden Party Beaded Purse Workshop
Saturday & Sunday, July 9th & 10th, 2016, 10:00 am to 5:00pm
Cost: $110, plus supplies; full- and partial-kits will be available for purchase.
This is a two-day class. Hannah Rosner describes it as a Master Class and VERY ADVANCED. It looks like bead embroidery, but it's not. It is mostly beadweaving components that are attached to a purse blank. The class time and directions teach all the techniques, but how you actually end up creating your purse and your finished project will be of your own design. Students will use multimedia: fiber work, peyote stitch, St. Petersburg, bead netting, and embroidery. So it's a bit of a combination of a project class and a techniques class.
July 17th, 2016 - Annual Picnic - No Meeting or Guest Speaker
Location: Georgia McMillan's Backyard
(The address was provided in the June Newsletter.
It was also included in the recent reminder email.)
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Sunday, July 17th
Note: pre-beading as early as 10:00 AM
Bring: Please bring the following items:
Food for the potluck (side dish or entreé)
A folding chair for your own use would be very helpful
Folding table, if you plan to join in the swap-'n-sell
Items to swap and/or sell
Sunscreen and positive weather magic
Provided: The following items will be provided:
Plates, cups, utensils, soft drinks and ice tea
August 2016 - Summer Break
We will take a break from general meetings in August, our traditional annual picnic month, as the picnic was held in July this year.
September 11, 2016 - Make and Take: Alchohol Inks on Metal
In September, we will have a make-and-take project using alcohol inks on metal findings. We will have 20+ colors of alcohol inks available to everyone, as well as a limited supply of metal, beading related objects such as pendants and other findings. Please feel free to bring your own additional metal findings as well! Any metal will work, but lighter, silver colored objects will take the color best. Grab from your stash, bring it along, and have some fun!
October 9, 2016 - Open Beading
In October we will have an open beading program. If you have registered for one of Huib Petersen's classes in November and you would like assistance in sharpening your stitching skills for the class please come and also send a message to
firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know for which class you're preparing. If you're able to assist someone with: cubic right angle weave techniques, peyote Increasing/decreasing, even/odd count peyote techniques, or diagonal peyote (Russian leaves) please come and also send an email to
email@example.com stating which stitch or stitches you're able to assist others in practicing.
This meeting is also an opportunity for those who participated in the Hannah Rosner workshop in July to bring their purses to continue working on them, problem solve with classmates, and show off your beadwork!
November 4th-6th, 2016 - Huib Petersen Workshops
Dates: Friday, November 4th - Spring Fling Bracelet Workshop
Saturday, November 5th - Bike Chain Bracelet Workshop
Sunday, November 6th - Enchanted Waters Workshop
Registration Form and Workshop Information Packet
A little bit about Huib:
"In 1995 I moved from Holland to San Francisco, and opened a small arts and crafts workshop and gallery on Nob Hill. Inspired by a chance encounter with 19th century Russian beadwork, I discovered the beauty and challenges of designing with beads.
I use different sizes of beads as a building material - like little bricks - and a variety of traditional stitches as a flexible, tensile sort of mortar. Placing beads one by one, row by row on top of each other, I combine my needlework, theater and jewelry skills to create sculpted bugs, butterflies, birds, and sea creatures in their environments.
The result is a unique kind of wearable art that offers the intricacy of embroidery and lace, the depth of a theater set and the durability and brilliance of glass."
For more information about Huib and his gorgeous beadwork, visit his website at: www.petersenarts.com
Friday, November 4th, 2016, 10am to 5pm
Cost: $70, plus supplies, kit available for purchase.
Level/Prerequisite: Intermediate to Advanced, knowledge of diagonal peyote stitch and it's variations.
Registration Form and Workshop Information Packet
Please note: The Spring Fling project will be taught as a one day workshop, but ONLY THE IRIS WILL BE TAUGHT IN CLASS. The patterns for the other 3 flowers will be included with your class fee.
Saturday, November 5th, 2016, 10am to 5pm
Cost: $70, plus supplies, kit available for purchase.
Level/Prerequisite: Experience with cubic right angle weave is recommended for this class.
Registration Form and Workshop Information Packet
Sunday, November 6th, 2016, 10am to 5pm
Cost: $70, plus supplies, no kit available.
Registration Form and Workshop Information Packet
Please note: This is a piece not normally offered as a workshop. The class will consist of teaching each of the components included in the necklace. There will be written instructions for the components, but there are no written instructions telling you how to arrange the finished components into a necklace.
2015 Past Meetings
January 15th, 2015 - NWBS Holiday in January
The theme for the January meeting is "All about the Sparkle". Bring it, wear it, make it, old, new. What ever makes you happy.
There will be a brief business meeting as usual then fun, fun, fun. Bring your favorite potluck dish to share. Gift exchange
for anyone who wants to participate. $25 max, please make gift of a beady nature. Bring your treasures for Swap and Sell.
Enjoy the company of all your beading buddies.
February 19th, 2015 - Teresa Sullivan - "Lions and Tigers and Beads, Oh My!"
Teresa Sullivan is an artist who creates sculpture, jewelry, and sculptural jewelry with beads and found materials. Her work
has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Last summer she accompanied legendary artist Joyce J. Scott on a trip to
Cape Town, Durban and the Midlands in South Africa to work with and teach sculptural beadweaving techniques to artist groups.
Along with 4 other renowned artists in several media, including dance, fine art, and woodworking, she and her fellow artists
made an incredible voyage of discovery and learned at least as much as they imparted to others.
March 19th, 2015 - Rhinestone Rosie
Rhinestone Rosie's is an extraordinary vintage jewelry store. Designed to delight with thousands of pieces of wonderful vintage
jewelry for sale, full service costume and fine jewelry repairs, estate evaluations, and jewelry purchasing. Excellent customer
service completes the experience. All of this is the brainchild of Rosalie Sayyah, the "Rosie" of Rhinestone Rosie.
In the early 1980's Rosie felt her family tradition of dealing in antiques calling to her. Upon leaving her corporate career in
television she decided to open a jewelry store that not only had unique, exciting items for sale but could also restore greatness
to jewelry that had fallen into disrepair. Teaching herself about vintage costume and estate jewelry culture and repair through books,
hobby shops, and hands on experience, she has become a national expert in the field. In the late 1990's Rosie began appearing regularly
on "Antiques Roadshow" on PBS TV and continues today as one of their expert appraisers.
In the mid 2000's Rosie brought her daughter Lucia into the business as a partner. Lucia, a trained metalsmith and owner of Lucia
Jewelry Studio, has been able to expand the services of the store offering custom designs, recycled metal casting, and intricate
estate jewelry restorations.
Rosie will be sharing a slide lecture on the history and culture of rhinestone and costume jewelry. With a walkaround afterwards
to assess jewelry members have brought. People can bring up to 3 pieces for Rosie to look at.
For more information on Rosie's Seattle store visit: www.rhinestonerosie.com
April 16th, 2015 - Kathy Ross
Looks wearable — but no! Faux functional clothing and other mixed media sculpture. You might be surprised at all the materials and
processes this can involve. What use do you think I make of spray-foam insulation? coasters? clothing labels? cookie tins? foam
noodles from the swimming pool? cereal boxes? Not to mention beads.
I've been a self-employed full time artist since 1978. I've retailed and wholesaled and been through galleries and museum shows and even
the Pike St Market for awhile. Since 2005, I've been showing and selling my work strictly at art festivals. I do about 5 or 6 higher-end
art festivals a year. e.g. La Quinta (rated# 1 in the US), Bellevue, Park City, Sausalito. Also my studio show memorial day weekend. You
can see my tin sculpture at the Bainbridge Art Museum till June.
For more information or to visit Kathy's Harstine Island, WA, Studio Show on Memorial Day Weekend visit: www.kathyross3d.com
May 21st, 2015 - David Horste - "The Stones Cry Out: The Art of Gemstone Nomenclature and Identification"
David V. Horste has been studying rocks and gems since 1976. The number of kinds of stonesthat can be used as gems in jewelry and ornament
and how they are described is infinite. In this lecture David will talk about how stones have gotten their names throughout history and
how stones are named today. Varieties of stones and how names evolve and change will be explained. The misnaming of stones in the gem trade
is an important thing to understand and David will cover many stories and examples of this practice. Being able to identify stones and call
them by their "correct" names is an art as much as a science, if not more. Be prepared for lots of vivid pictures and wild stories as stones
get compared, contrasted, and explained in this diverse lecture covering precious and semi-precious stones.
David V. Horste of DVHdesigns is a custom lapidary source for designer focal beads and cabochons. He works in semiprecious stone and organic
gems (jet, fossil ivory, shell, bone, etc.), along with up-cycled materials such as bowling ball, fordite, and recycled glass. David is an
internationally recognized Lapidary Artist and started cutting stones in 1976 at age 10. He has been a full time lapidary artist since 1992
with a specialty in larger, one of a kind, centerpiece and focal beads, along with unique, free form cabochons. His most recent line of beads
is based on military style "dog tags" and is all about showcasing the geological diversity of the planet through "biopsies" of the body of the
planet. You can see more of his work and find his online shops through his website: www.dvhdesigns.com
June 14th, 2015 - Cynthia Toops
Cynthia will talk about how collecting beads led to her career as a jeweler and teacher. She will show many examples of her solo work and
collaborations with her husband and fellow bead maker, Dan Adams, as well as collaborations with metalsmiths: Chuck Domitrovich, Juan Reyes
and Nancy Bonnema. She will speak about her inspirations, techniques and the various media she's worked in over the last 30 years. These have
included polymer clay, glass, felt, paper... Her work can be found in numerous museum collections around the United States and has been widely
published in books and magazines. For more about Cynthia, visit her website at: www.cdbeads.biz
July 2015 - Summer Vacation - No meeting or speaker
August 2nd, 2015 - Annual Picnic - No Meeting or Guest Speaker
Location: Ellen Lambright's Deck/Backyard - New Location
(The address was provided in the June Newsletter.
It will also be included in the reminder email.)
Time: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Sunday, August 2nd
Bring: Please bring the following items:
Food for the potluck (side dish or entreé)
Items to swap and/or sell
Folding chair and table, if you plan to join in the swap-'n-sell
(A folding chair for your own use would be helpful even if you're not selling)
Sunscreen and positive weather magic
Provided: The following items will be provided:
Plates, cups, utensils, soft drinks and ice tea
Ellen's yard has a basketball court and a trampoline that can be used at your own risk
September 16th, 2015 - Kinga Nichols
Please note new date & location since this meeting was first announced.
Supplimental Classes: Full class and registration info appeared in the June Newsletter.
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 husband Paul Nichols and furbaby
Samantha Regina Nichols. 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 profession 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 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.
For more about Kinga, visit her website at:
October 18th, 2015 - Sally Anaya
Supplimental Class: Sally will be teaching "Wrapped Beach Rocks" following the October General Meeting. Information will be available in the September newsletter.
Sally Anaya has been weaving baskets for over 27 years, and teaching for 22 years. Designing helps to express her own creative
process, combining a conceptual basis with varying choices of materials and textures, while exploring specific techniques in
bound weaves. Sally has taught for conferences and private workshops throughout the United States as well as internationally
and her work has been shown in numerous juried shows and galleries. She has twice been awarded the HGA (Handweavers Guild of
America Award) for her artistic endeavors and explorations in lattice twining. She splits her creative time between basket
weaving, knotting, beading, and other textile arts in her Lopez Island studio.
November 18, 2015 - Carole Grisham
Supplimental Class: Carole will be teaching the "Double Daggers" Beaded Kumihimo Necklace class prior to the November General Meeting.
Carole Grisham is an unconventional artist and the creative force behind Hiyama Studios. Named in honor of her mother, Alyce Hiyama, a talented tailor and costume designer, Hiyama Studios is the design and work space where Carole creates one-of-a-kind wearable art and home accessories. Her work is traditionally hand crafted, yet elegant and contemporary in style.
Carole's love for textiles and color and her skill in using unlikely materials in new ways, comes from watching and working with her mother. She has returned to this first love after successful executive careers with leading Pacific Northwest companies and non-profit organizations.
Every item from Hiyama Studios embraces the art of the hand fabricated luxury item. Materials are carefully selected to enhance design details and unusual embellishments make each work a visually appealing statement. At Hiyama Studios, the commitment to perfection is key. In a world of mass production, detailed, beautiful and unique goods will survive fleeting fashions.
Hiyama Studios contributes the proceeds from the sale of its wearable art and home accessories to existing organizations that support education and the most vulnerable members of the community - children and seniors. In addition, the Studios offer goods to auctions and benefits of many of these same organizations.
Hiyama Studios is proud to have been a founding member of the Oba Project, a program developed to provide charitable gifts to community organizations.
For more information about Carole Grisham and Hiyama Studios visit the website at:
December 13th, 2015 - Holiday Party & Georgia McMillan Tribute
2014 Past Meetings
January 16th, 2014 - January Winter Blues
Don't let the January blues get you down. Dress in blue and show us
your favorite "Blue" piece --- bead, beaded piece, embellished bag or
outfit. Did you buy it, make it, or find it on some fabulous trip? Let's
share our BLUE STORY.
February 20th, 2014 - Richard Paille - Opals
Opals: Sometimes just 'reading' about things isn't enough to satisfy
ones curiosity. This was the case for Richard Paille regarding how opal
mining was really done "Down Under." Putting together a small crew we
traveled to the outback of Australia for a 3-month adventure to film
opal mining in several, famous & remote locations. Our documentary was
entitled: "Fire Down Under... The Hunt For Australian Opal." In my Opal
Talk I'll show some of the film we shot, share a few filming stories,
describe the types of and values of opals sold today, talk about the new
opal fields in Africa, US opal mining and show some of my opal jewelry.
Informational opal pass-outs too!
March 20, 2014 Jayashree Paramesh - Designer and Owner
'My Approach to Design: How my cultural heritage, background in apparel
design and love for the arts influence and inspire my beaded jewelry'.
As a child growing up in India, colorful clothing, henna on my
hands, very ornate gold and silver jewelry and food made with a complex
combination of spices was an integral part of my life. My mother taught
me to sew, embroider, crochet and make colorful flower garlands at a
very young age. Later on at Parsons The New School for Design, New York,
I enjoyed designing with traditional Asian patterns and materials. For
the first time, I was introduced to Western and European designs in
apparel and jewelry. Simply put, I loved that too!
As I design my beaded jewelry, I use elements from my cultural heritage
and what is currently in fashion. My inspiration comes from traditional
swirling paisleys of henna designs and what is being shown on the
fashion runways in New York, Paris, and Italy to mention a few.
I would like to share with all of you how I use my inspiration from
various sources and create beaded jewelry that appeals to a variety of
Here are a couple of photos of my work, one showing an Asian inspired
necklace and the other, a geometric, trendy bracelet.
Photos: Pagoda Necklace and Cosmo Cuff Bracelet
APRIL 17th, 2014—3x2 Redux Show Presentation
3x2 Redux is an exhibition which features the collaborative work of
forty local metalsmiths and forty regional glass bead makers. The
lecture will describe the process of organizing the exhibition, the
selection of the artists, the challenges we faced during the development
of the event, and a description of the venues and images of the finished
At the lecture will be three members of the new organizing committee,
Micki Lippi, Laura Bowker and Cynthia Toops.
Chuck Domitrovich and Lee Woodburn
David Hamilton and Stephanie White
Dan Adams and Victoria Takahashi
Virginia Causey and Kathryn Fehon
June 19th, 2014 - Scott Bouwens - Bearfoot Art Glass
Scott Bouwens has been making lampwork beads since 1998.He has been
selling them full-time since the year 2000. Scott is a lampwork
bead-maker, tool-maker, videographer, and photographer. His glasswork
and tools have been featured in various books and magazines.
He uses Effetre and Vetrofond glass and is known for the colors he
creates from using fine silver leaf in his beads. He sells his work at
bead shows around the USA and also sells from his website and eBay.
Scott studied Landscape Design and Communications at Washington State
University in the late 80's and early 90's. Since then, he has had a
business of designing custom fiberglass water features, dabbled in
construction, and was a union carpenter. He is an inventor/hobbyist at
heart and is always tinkering with new ideas. His love of science and
art come together nicely for him in this field.
He and his wife Monica, our web mistress, own Bearfoot Art Glass in
July 12th, 2014
- Annual Picnic
Lynne Magie's garden (same as last year)
Bothell WA 98021
Time: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Food for the potluck
Items to swap and/or sell
Folding chair and table, if you plan to join in the swap-‘n-sell (A
folding chair for your own use would be helpful even if you're not
Sunscreen and positive weather magic
To be provided: plates, cups, utensils, soft drinks and punch
August - NO MEETING - Have a great Summer!
September 18, 2014 - Lynne Magie - Bead Embellishment
The September presentation will be a slide show put together by
Lynne Magie, called “Bead Embellishment: A Celebration of the Many Uses
of Beads.” People have been using beads for at least the last 100,000
years, and they've found many things to do with them besides hanging
them around their necks. This short historical excursion tries to
suggest the amazing wealth of objects and experiences that have been
produced along the way, illustrating bead art that is amusing, sometimes
humbling, and always dazzling.
Lynne has never been able to resist small, shiny objects and so has
ended up as this year's bead society President. She has experimented
with bead-embellished clothing and will bring along some samples of
non-jewelry bead artifacts from her own collection to accompany the
October 16th, 2014 - Mary Kave and Kerry Vine - Paper
November 20th, 2014 - Pamm Horbitt - her beading and
When people see my work, their first question
is: "How did you think of that?" " How did you figure that out?"
followed by: " Oh - I definitely see how you did that -you started right
here . . . oh wait, not here . . . there? How did you do this?"
At the NWBS talk on November 20, I will explain just
how my brain works. Yes! my work is very "geometric". Take a deep breath
- it's not what you think! Geometry only implies a specific way of
thinking - spatial thinking - seeing things in three dimensions. Through
slides, questions and answers, I will demystify the magic.
I'll bring samples that you can "touch and feel" to inspire.
If your desire is "hands-on" experience - we got that covered. I am
offering two classes to do just that: One on Friday Nov 21st on the east
side, and a repeat of the same class on Saturday, Nov 22 near the U
district. Classes are $25 per person, from 10:00-4:00. Bring a sack
lunch. Come ready to play with shapes. Although there will be NO project
with Tutorial - there will be beads, and toys. Expect your brain to
switch from linear thinking to spatial thinking. Laughter is guaranteed!
e-mail me at:
firstname.lastname@example.org for further information, supply list,
December 4th - Holiday Potluck
Cancelled. Rescheduled for January 2015.
2013 Past Meetings
APRIL 18th—Marlo Miyashiro
“Improving your Small Object Photography”
Marlo will present techniques for photographing small objects
specifically for use as Internet images.
MAY 16th-Hidden Hazards in the Arts
Create vibrant art while protecting yourself, your family and the
environment from chemical hazards! David Waddel and Donna Galstad are
the Art Hazards Team for King County. Together they bring chemistry and
art techniques to the table with the goal of understanding chemical
components and processes, a dash of toxicology, using the safest
products possible and using them as safely as possible, disposing of
wastes properly for a healthier environment, healthy artists and
families, and lots and lots of art.
JUNE 20th: Karen Williams, Seedbead Artist
Choose Your Own Adventure
"My work is inspired by the natural world, stories and color and
generally takes the form of bead weaving with seed beads these days. I
joke that I started with freeform bead weaving because I am completely
unable to stitch and count at the same time. Unfortunately, there's a
fair bit of truth in that statement. I consider each new piece a journey
and this year I'm starting on a new adventure, moving away from jewelry
for the first time in several years to start work on more sculptural
Annual Summer Picnic
Date: Sunday, July 21st.
Location: Lynne Magie's garden. (Same place as two years ago.)
Address: Bothell WA 98021
Time: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
o Food for the potluck
o Items to swap and/or sell
o Folding chair and table, if you plan to join in the
(A few folding chairs would be helpful even if you're
o Sunscreen and positive weather mojo
· To be provided: plates, cups, utensils, soft drinks
Summer Break—No Meetings
SEPTEMBER 19th - Using Mathematics in Bead Weaving Design by Gwen
Abstract: A common theme to most of the bead weaving I do is
mathematics. I use well studied mathematical structures to design beaded
beads and flat weaves. Beaded beads are clusters of beads woven
together, around one or more large holes. Using the fact that beaded
beads are 3D, beaded beads contain a finite number of smaller beads, and
they have one center, I use the mathematics of "symmetry" to classified
beaded beads into 14 different classes. Some of these classes are
finite, like the symmetries of a cube. And some of these classes are
infinite, like the symmetries of pyramids. The pyramid class is infinite
because a pyramid can have any number of sides, in the same way a flower
can have few or many petals, the number of which define its symmetry. I
show two general weaving techniques to weave examples from all 14
classes of beaded beads, and I provide examples of beaded beads that
illustrate the different classes.
Repeating patterns of floor tiles also exhibit symmetry. Tilings over
flat surfaces, especially tilings that repeat periodically, are a well
understood area of mathematics. Periodic tilings can be transformed into
flat bead weaving patterns I call angle weaves. For example, right angle
weave is a special case of an angle weave because the regular tiling by
squares can be transformed into right angle weave by placing one bead of
each edge of the squares in the tiling. I describe specific ways to
create intricate and beautiful angle weaves from well studied periodic
tilings, by placing beads on or near the vertices or edges of a tiling
and weaving them together with thread. I will show many beaded examples
and the tilings from which they derive.
October 17, 2013 - Meredith Arnold
Meredith Arnold, Comedian Artist/Designer/instructor/, is a
professional artist specializing in mixed media and jewelry arts. Her
metal, PMC and polymer clay work has been published in books and
magazines and included in exhibitions around the world. Currently
Meredith teaches at a variety of colleges and art centers around the
world and has various appearances on the PBS show ‘Beads, Baubles and
Jewels' and the Edmonds Community College cable channels. As the
Director of ArtWorks in Edmonds she has the privilege of mentoring other
artists as her “day job”. Her passion for creating things, being
inspired and mentoring others has led not only to teaching but also to
curating exhibits. Meredith was a curator for ArtsNow Gallery/Edmonds
Community College for 3 years and worked to expand the focus and
audience with each exhibit while providing visual artists an opportunity
to learn more about exhibiting their work in a professional venue. She
currently curates one show a year, The EDGE Graduate's Exhibit, a
display for her students completing EDGE, a 50-hour professional
development program on business for artists created by Artists Trust and
offered at Edmonds Community College. As EDGE Program Coordinator for
ArtsNow/EdCC Meredith has had the privilege of working closely with
Artists Trust and directly with around 80 artists since 2007. For more
November 21, 2013 - David V. Horste of DVHdesigns - IVORY: Organic Gem
of the Ages
Ivory is an organic gemstone that has been used by humans since the
dawn of time. The teeth of all mammals can technically be considered a
form of ivory. David V. Horste of DVHdesigns will speak on different
forms of ivory, it's characteristics, uses throughout the ages, the
decline of ivory, contemporary challenges presented to conservation, and
overview of the legality of ivory ownership and sale with to the new
laws in California. He will conclude with an overview of his own work in
fossil walrus and mammoth ivory. He will have his own work in fossil
mammoth ivory available for viewing, handling, and purchase, as well as
ALL the rest of his inventory of gemstone focal beads and cabochons.
David V. Horste of DVHdesigns is a custom lapidary source for designer
focal beads and cabochons. He works in semiprecious stone and organic
gems (jet, fossil ivory, bone, etc.), along with upcycled materials such
as bowling ball, fordite, and patterned glass. David is an
internationally recognized Lapidary Artist who started cutting stones in
1976 at age 10. He has been a full time lapidary artist since 1992 with
a specialty in larger, one of a kind, centerpiece and focal beads, along
with unique, free form cabochons.
Annual Holiday Party: social, potluck, members' bead sale and trade,
2012 Past Meetings
JANUARY 17th—Show and Tell
“My Favorite Museum”
January is traditionally a “Show and Tell” meeting where we share
stories and learn more about each other. Since there is often a
possibility of snow, we do not invite speakers in case the meeting is
Do you have a favorite museum? Do you plan visits to museums whenever
you travel? Or did you chance upon an incredible exhibit? Is there an
amazing ethnic collection (beads, textiles, jewelry…) you want to tell
us about or was there a contemporary exhibit that knocked your socks
Please bring any items (pieces you got at the gift shop, postcards,
books on the exhibition, museum catalog…) and share your museum
experience. Whether it's a local spot you want to recommend or an exotic
locale the rest of us can only dream about, it will be a lot of fun.
FEBRUARY 21st—Larry Scott, Glass Beadmaker
A Defense of Pattern, Some Musings on Scale and our Perception of Time,
and Some Thoughts about the Number 65
While his talks are always amusing, Larry Scott does tend to ramble on
about the oddest stuff. This time he will discuss two-almost, kind of,
sort of-related topics.
First is the neurological basis of a number of the most common symbols.
Dots, net patterns, wavy lines, and the ubiquitous spiral are common and
powerful symbols in all cultures. Why? Where do they come from? What, if
anything, do they mean?
Second is our perception of the passage of time when we are making
things. Does time seem to go faster (or slower) when you are working
with beads? It may just be because beads are small.
There will also be pictures of cats and chickens. Always popular.
Byzantine Bead - Larry Scott
MARCH 21st—Nadine Kariya, Studio Jeweler
“Nadine Kariya, A Studio Jeweler of Northwest America”
I guess I am a colorist working in the jewelry field. That is why I have
an appreciation of beads, and like sparkly beautiful things. When I was
helping my family occupy Japan after the war, my first remembered
article of jewelry was a lampworked glass bead necklace which the
itinerant jewelry salesman gave me as a freebie. I was about three or
four. It was red, white and light blue glass. My first ring was a
perfect small blue green abalone oval set in silver from San Francisco.
I like totem images and connecting ideas with concrete durable objects.
I do a lot of custom work and deal with making dreams come true. I
really like making rings. I study fairy tales; legends; and Japanese,
British and American history. Lately I have been working with some ideas
of the monsters and salvation of current times.
"Dragon, Bamboo, Stick Pearl Necklace," by Nadine Kariya,
Private Col-lection. Photo by Dan Fox, Lumina Studio
Pearls to Dream About, November 15th Speaker,
Richard Paille has worked in the jewelry
industry 42 years. Teaching him-self the basics of fine jewelry making,
Richard opened a jewelry workshop in Seattle in 1971 where he did repair
work for antique shops and walk-in public, meanwhile studying the craft
of fine jewelry making.
In 1972 he began studies at the Gemological Institute of America (G.I.A.)
to become a gemologist. During that period he was also continuing his
aca-demic education in economics. “During the day I worked on jewelry
then hit the books at night.” Later, Richard opened a retail jewelry
store in the University District in Seattle which he operated for many
Eventually, Richard sold the store to design jewelry for a national
market. For 25 years he exhibited his work at art & craft shows across
In the mid-90's, Richard, and a small crew, traveled to Australia to
film a documentary on opal mining. On a later trip to the South Pacific,
they filmed another story on black pearl farming which led to Richard's
pearl business in the Cook Islands and a change in his jewelry to 18K
and platinum featuring pearls. See how black pearls are made: My pearl
In 2008 Richard converted his studio into a teaching space and opened
the jewelry making school he operates today. www.Learn2MakeJewelry.com
Richard produces tools for jewelry makers available through supply
outlets around the country, offers jewelry making and business
consulting services, and speaks to groups on jewelry subjects. Contact
Richard by email or phone. ArtJewelry@seanet.com (206) 527-1515
Richard Harvesting Pearls
“Pearls to Dream About”
Pearls have a rich history. They are the oldest known gem and for
centuries were the most valuable. Some became famous for their size,
shape or ownership provenance. In the early 20th century when the tech-niques
of pearl cultivation were discovered, pearls be-came available to the
public worldwide and their beau-ty shared across cultures, incomes and
ages. I'll be demonstrating how pearls are made using the special-ized
tools pearl farmers employ and talking about my involvement in pearl
farming. Also, I'll be presenting a short multimedia piece on Manihiki
Atoll in the Cook Islands where I worked and learned how to make this
History of the
Hand Sewing Needle, October 18th Speaker, Carol Perrenoud
Carol Perrenoud is a bead artist,
teacher and entrepreneur. Her work has been exhibited nationally and
fea-tured in many beadwork books since 1989. She has penned articles for
Bead & Button and Beadwork Magazines and has authored 4 instructional
beadwork videos with Victorian Video Productions - Beadweaving Peyote
Stitch, Bead Crochet, Bead Embroidery and Beadweaving Herringbone
Stitch. She received the Bead & Button Excellence in Bead Artistry Award
along with Virginia Blakelock in 2002.
Many of her pieces refer to the animals she studied while a zoology
student in college, but her interest in beads and fibers is lifelong. In
describing her home life at age five, she remembers that Grandma, who
lived downstairs, had a tow-ering column of See's candy boxes filled
with beads sorted by color.
Carol spends her days working in her mail order bead business, Beadcats,
and her evening recovering from the day job and gardening - sometimes by
headlamp. She is active in the Portland Bead Society and lives and works
in nearby Wilsonville, Oregon.
She can be contacted at email@example.com Mail Order website is
“History of the Hand Sewing Needle”
I often have to remind customers, students and myself that beads are
just static, but tactile, pretty pieces of glass. What I do with them is
to make myself feel elegant or visibly put a smile on my face, or
impress the viewer that I could do that with beads – THAT is the art of
“It's a relationship”. I hear or read that about artists in all mediums,
but what does that mean? It does not mean that I am always in love,
wrapped-up in rapture about my work. Sometimes I do carry a few beads in
my pocket that are later at the bottom of the washing machine – a quick
love affair, but then abandoned. Other days, I can't wait to continue
working on a project. I rush home from work and heat up some soup for
dinner. The bead tray is on my lap, public television is on the TV for
background and I'm at one with the universe.
Other days, I'm just the technician, going through the motions, getting
the job done. There are late hours and maniacal work. I lose sleeping
thinking, “Is this the best way to continue for the sake of the piece?
What am I going to do next?” There are disagreements, but I win because
I have an opposable thumb and can operate the scissors. “Am I doing the
right thing? Should I give it more space, or discipline?” Other days,
I'd rather be hauling manure for the garden than have to look at THOSE
beads. But again, I'm in it for the long haul. It's a relationship.
Muse and Process, September 20th Speaker, Kristi Zevenbergen
Kristi Zevenbergen has
been making jewelry and teaching metalsmithing in the Puget Sound area
for over 20 years. Her jewelry has received local and national honors
and she has been published in Metalsmith, Art Jewelry Magazine, and Lark
Publications. Teaching credits are Pratt Fine Arts Center, Edmonds
Community College, Fusion Beads and The Ranch. Her work is shown and
sold locally at Facere Jewelry Art Gallery and periodically through
galleries around the country.
Kristi will be speaking on how she navigated the
creative process over the last 20 years including visual presentation of
early work, current work on the bench, and much in between.
“Muse and Process”
August 5th - Annual Picnic - at Cynthia and
Please carpool if possible.
June 21st - Lori Talcott -
“Understanding the Largest Thing through the Smallest Thing”
This presentation will consider jewelry from four intersecting
points of view: historical, cross-cultural, contemporary and personal.
As a social signifier and ritual object, jewelry has long had a
symbiotic and syntagmatic function with dress and the body, and as a
performative object, it negotiates and circumscribes social, temporal
and spiritual boundaries. Arguably our most personal and diminutive art
form, it is a fluid expression of prevailing aesthetics, beliefs and
identity - the cosmos writ small.
Lori Talcott is a goldsmith, researcher and
fourth-generation jeweler. After studying art history in Sweden and
metal design at the University of Washington, she worked as an
apprentice to a master silversmith in Norway. She is the recipient of
two Washington Artist Trust Fellowships and an Arts Fellowship from the
American-Scandinavian Foundation. Her work is in numerous private and
public collections, including the permanent collection of the
Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery. Talcott divides her
time between studio, teaching and research, and is currently part-time
faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design.
May 17th - Chuck Domitrovich - Insights into
Successfully Selling Online
Chuck has been making jewelry since the early 1990s. Besides showing his
work in galleries, jewelry stores and shows, he has been selling his
work through Etsy (3500 pieces sold!) since 2006. Check out his website
www.etsy.com/shop/downtothewiredesigns. Chuck has taught
metalsmithing classes and has been in numerous publications including
Lark 1000 Rings and 500 Pendants and Lockets. In the talk he will share
his insights into successful selling online. For questions I've included
his email firstname.lastname@example.org
and phone #(206-548-9728).
April 19th - Kendra Bruno - Lampwork Beads
The History, Process and Supportive Work of ISGB
Barbara Becker Simon
Glass beadmaking is an ancient art that has been practiced for more than
4,000 years. Until the latter part of the twentieth century, however,
few Americans possessed the technical knowledge to make glass beads.
Those few glass artists worked in virtual anonymity and isolation. They
used a variety of techniques to create their beads, including lampwork,
kiln forming, kiln casting, furnace work, and cold work techniques. The
Society of Glass Beadmakers (SGB) was formed in 1993 by a small group of
American beadmakers brought together by an exhibit of contemporary glass
bead artists at The Bead Museum in Prescott, Arizona. SGB's founders
united to establish an organization dedicated to promoting the growth
and recognition of glass beadmaking by facilitating communication and
mentoring among members and educating the public about the process of
beadmaking and the artistic value of glass beads. The rest is history!
Small enough to hold in the palm of your hand, beads have been a form of
adornment for 40,000 years. From conception to craftsmanship, this
ancient art form is mesmerizing. Today, members of a large network of
glass beadmakers share techniques in an effort to promote their own work
as well as the contemporary glass bead movement itself through the
International Society of Glass Beadmakers.
Enjoy learning about the history, techniques and the ISGB as well as the
details on the 20th Anniversary Gathering conference coming to Seattle
in July of this year! It's all part of the collaborative approach to
glass beadmaking that has captured the interest of glass artists and
collectors around the world!
Kendra Bruno is Executive
Director of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers and served on
the Board of Directors for five years, two as President. The ISGB is
dedicated to promoting the growth and recognition of glass bead making
by facilitating communication and mentoring among members and educating
the public about the process and artistic value of glass beads.
Kendra has personally studied with Larry Brickman, Kimberly Affleck,
Lisa St Martin, Larry Scott, and Mauro Puccitelli and Davide Penso in
Italy as well as with CeCe Wire and other artists in the areas of PMC,
chain, metal work, and more. She has taught for Bead&Button, the ISGB
Gathering and classes in Italy and Germany. Her work is part of a
permanent group exhibition in Kobe, Japan.
Please visit www.isgb.org
for more information on the ISGB. And mark your calendars for the 20th
Anniversary Gathering conference coming to Seattle in July this year!
Thursday, March 15th, 2012, 7pm
Join Teresa Sullivan as she shares behind-the-scenes images from
bead and button makers in the Czech Republic. Find out what
increased her respect for the humble fire polish bead by one
thousand percent, how her dreams became drenched in Art Nouveau
imagery, her discoveries of African trade beads that never made it
out of Europe, and how she unknowingly smuggled Absinthe into the US
in this unique, off-the-tour-bus travel diary.
Teresa has been "putting beads where they don't belong since 1994."
Teresa Sullivan is an artist who weaves beads into sculptures and
geeks out shamelessly over the origins and nature of those beads.
Her artwork can be found at Mobilia Gallery and Museum of
Contemporary Craft, and online at
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Toops & Dan Adams
Cynthia has been working with polymer clay since the
1980s. While she is known for her figurative micromosaic
pieces, in the last few years she has been con-centrating
on thin sheet work, creating the cone and claw necklaces
and the rolodex series. Most of her work is inspired by
ethnic jewelry and ancient beads which she and her
works full time at a laboratory, making glass beads and
jewelry at night and weekends. Originally trained in
Anthropology, he is intrigued with the history of glass
and the use of beads in the world's various cultures.
Warring States beads were his initial inspiration but
tribal design, contemporary design and natural history
all have translated into beads.
To see more of their work, visit:
Thursday, January 19, 2012 - cancelled due
This is our annual “show & tell” meeting. In
case of inclement weather, we don't book a January speaker, but have our
members do the talking. This year, the theme is Museums We Love.
Come prepared to spend a few minutes talking about a museum you've
enjoyed, and that perhaps has inspired your work. The museum could
feature beads, beadwork, jewelry, textiles, or any other form of human
adornment. For the “show” part, bring books, brochures, something you
bought in the museum shop, magazines, or anything else that lets people
see what the museum has to offer.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Northwest Bead Society
Annual Potluck and Swap & Sell
It's a tradition, and a fine one at that – our annual potluck, swap &
sell, and optional gift exchange.
Tables in our meeting room will be available for members to display
beads and bead-related items for sale or trade. The room will be open at
6:30 for set-up.
Bring something delicious to share, whether a starter, main dish, side,
salad, or dessert.
If you want to participate in the gift exchange, wrap your gift (again,
beads or something bead-related), but don't put your name on it. We'll
draw numbers to see who chooses first, second, and so on.
We hope you'll join us for this very special holiday season event.
November 17th – Teresa Sullivan Teresa Sullivan
-- “putting beads where they don't belong since 1994"-- will be our
speaker on November 17. She creates intricate and monumental sculptural
jewelry from humble materials using the ancient technique of beadweaving,
revealing her love of the surreal and the irreverent. The stories she
tells in her beaded tapestries, jewelry and sculpture are about the
power of people discovering their abilities; from super heroines of
comics and science fiction to the real mentors of her life. The tiny
beads are transformed from something delicate to bold dense, self
supporting artworks. Although she has an idea for a particular piece
before she even strings her first bead, her mode of working allows for
discovery throughout the weaving process. As each work grows she gets
insights which allow her to work through the difficult stages and solve
the aesthetic and technical problems of making artworks with beads. To
tell her stories she uses a wide variety of stitches from around the
world, each stitch giving a different texture and sculptural
capabilities to her work. Peyote or gourd stitch allows her to create
dense, structurally sound artworks which have intricate details and
specific shaping. Hexagons, diamonds and irregular shapes in two and
three dimensions are made with netting and other open weaves. Ndbele
weave has a distinctive chevron pattern, and like the other stitches she
uses is adapted for both two and three dimensional work. Right angle
weave gives her control of the flexibility of the beaded fabric, from
very flexible to stiff. Come see what stories Teresa's telling these
To see more of Teresa's work, visit:
www.teresasullivanstudio.com, Rock'n'Roll Bead Patrol:
*photo copyright Teresa Sullivan
December 10th – Holiday Party and Swap!
October 20th – Curtis Steiner
Curtis Steiner is a very creative artist. His particular style is so
personal that it defies description. He sells an amazing collection,
from his hand crafted cards to highly detailed paper statues mixed with
Asian inspired pieces and the most beautiful handmade and antique
jewelry. All of this is displayed in his own highly theatrical style in
his shop in Ballard.
September 15, 2011 - David V. Horste of DVHdesigns
On September 15, David V. Horste of
DVHdesigns will talk about jet, a kind of lignite coal. He'll take us
through the history of jet, from its use as ornament from ancient times,
through its use in the 19th century as traditional mourning jewelry in
the Anglosphere, and its decline due to the manufacture of simulations.
He'll also show us his current work in jet, making 21st century mourning
beads. No presentation on jet would be complete without a discussion of
the metaphysical attributes of the material, as well as the other
stories that this 60 million old mineraloid has to tell.
David started cutting stones when he was 10 years old, and has been a
full time lapidary artist since 1992, with a specialty in larger, one of
a kind, centerpiece and focal beads, and unique, free form cabochons.
His current work focuses more and more on working in gemstone jet,
reviving the Victorian tradition of genuine jet mourning jewelry to help
the bereaved, provide grief relief, and promote environmental and energy
You can see David's work at
www.stores.ebay.com/DVHdesigns and at
July 10, 2011 - Annual Picnic
By July 10, we usually have a chance at warm summer weather, and that's
the date we've chosen for this year's annual NWBS Picnic.
We have a new venue this year, the lovely garden at the home of Lynne
Magie. Lynne's address is 21817 7th PL W in Bothell 98021. Directions
are available on Google Maps or MapQuest. We will publish directions
with the picnic reminder, too.
Having the picnic on private property offers some terrific advantages.
For one, we can swap and sell beads, jewelry, and related items. Lynne
has a limited supply of tables, so if you want to bring things to sell
or swap, please bring a portable table if you can. For another, Lynne's
garden has some sunny spots!
NWBS will provide plates, cups, plastic “silverware”, napkins,
non-alcoholic beverages, and ice. Please bring food to share –
appetizers, main dishes, salads, fruit, and dessert are all welcome. If
you have easily transported outdoor chairs or tables, please bring
those, also. Those of you willing to accept personal responsibility for
how much you drink may also bring beer or wine to enjoy with your meal.
July 10 is a Sunday, and we're invited to picnic at Lynne's any time
from noon until 5:00PM. We hope you'll join us.
June 16, 2011 - Melissa (Gillette) Loden
On June 16, Melissa (Gillette) Loden, of Fusion Beads and Resin, will
talk about her work in “Bead Relations.” She is well known for her
clever geometric bead structures, often with Swarovski crystals. If you
have a bracelet or other project you've completed from one of Melissa's
classes at Fusion, be sure to wear that “bling” to the meeting!
A little more about our speaker:
Melissa Gillette Loden, a.k.a. M.G.Loden, has been crafting since she
can remember. Her grandmother was an engineer at Boeing and a seamstress
at home, making every wedding dress the family ever needed. Her mother,
also a Boeing employee, has dabbled in knitting, crochet and cross
stitch. Melissa started with cross stitch in her teenage years, moved to
beads around 1990, focusing on structural bead-weaving, then found resin
in 2009. Although resin has taken over her craft room, the bead-weaving
supplies are still in the craft room's closet.
Melissa has been working and teaching at a local Seattle bead store
since 2000. She started her company, Resin by M.G.Loden, in late 2010
with her first customer being the very bead shop she'd spent her last
ten years. She currently makes and sells resin pendants, earrings,
rings, buttons and belt buckles in over a dozen stores in the Puget
Sound area. She lives in North Seattle with her husband and their two
Learn more about Melissa at
May 20, 2011 - Arline Fisch
The workshop with Arline is available to NWBS members and we are
co-sponsoring her lecture on Friday, May 20 with the Northwest Basket
Weavers at the Henry Art Gallery on the UW campus. This is in lieu of
our regular meeting, which would be on the 19th.
You don't want to miss this meeting!
The lecture is open to the public and there is no charge for NWBS
Call The Henry for more information. Here is their location and phone
15th Ave. NE & 41st St., Seattle, WA 98105 (206-543-2280)
"Textile Structures in Contemporary Jewelry"
A Visiting Artist Lecture by Arline Fisch
Friday, May 20, 2011
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm **Arrive by 6:30 to make sure you get a seat.
At the Henry Art Gallery
15th Ave. NE & 42st St., Seattle, WA 98105
A survey of contemporary
jewelry using various textile structures in precious metals by artists
from many countries. Such structures include weaving, braiding, crochet,
twining and other basketry techniques which adapt well to silver, gold
and platinum. Arline M. Fisch, Professor of Art Emerita, San Diego State
University is an Artist/Jeweler working primarily in precious metals,
exhibiting work nationally and internationally. Author of the book,
Textile Techniques in Metal, published in 1975, 1996 and 2001, she
frequently conducts intensive short-term workshops in the United States
and abroad. She has lectured and exhibited widely in North America,
Europe, and the Far East and her work is represented in numerous museum
and private collections. A major retrospective exhibition and catalog of
her work entitled Elegant Fantasy, The Jewelry of Arline Fisch organized
by the San Diego Historical Society toured museums from 2000-2003
including the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C. and the Museum of Art
and Design in New York. This lecture is free to the public, and is
sponsored by: The University of Washington – Henry Art Gallery,
Northwest Basket Weavers – Vi Phillips Basketry Guild, and the Northwest
For additional information about the lecture, or the two
day workshop by Arline Fisch, Woven and Plaited Structures in Metal
being held in conjunction with it, please visit:
WOVEN & PLAITED STRUCTURES IN METAL
A Workshop with Arline Fisch
May 21&22, 2011
Sponsored by Northwest Basket Weavers - Vi Phillips Basketry Guild
At North Seattle Community College, Room 1530, Arts & Sciences Building
Early registration postmarked prior to April 5th, 2011 is open to
members of Northwest Basket Weavers or Northwest Bead Society.
Registration is open to the general public on April 5, 2011.
**Pre-registration is not required for the lecture,
but pre-registration and payment are required for the workshop.
here to download workshop registration form.
April 21st, 2011 - David
David McLanahan is a retired surgeon who has
traveled to Asia more than 30 times over the past 45 years pursuing an
interest in jungles, the culture, arts and crafts of indigenous people
and a mission to “keep the traditions alive”. David has a special love
for Borneo which he has visited 13 times, developing friendships with
local artists and dealers. You can find out more about David on his
David shares his love of arts and crafts of indigenous people and
tropical plants with others and to connect this addiction with a small
business called Jungle Arts and Flora located at in Seattle. Don't miss
March 17th, 2011 - Andy Cooperman
ANDY COOPERMAN, Metalsmith
BIO: Andy Cooperman is a metal smith, writer, and teacher who lives in
Seattle, WA. His work is featured in galleries nationwide. He is a past
recipient of a WESTAF/NEA Fellowship, and has re-cently taught as a
visiting lecturer at the University of Washington. His work can be found
in the permanent col-lection of the Victoria and Albert Museum and
appeared most recently in the exhibi-tions The Art of Gold and
Metalsmiths and the books Art Jewelry Today, 1000 Rings and The Penland
Book of Jewelry.
More about Andy:
February 17th, 2011 - Marilyn Moore
Marilyn's first love is basketry, and basketry-related jewelry.
Since 1979, she has taught for
guilds, conferences and conventions around the country, and has written
numerous articles and
been featured in many publications. She holds a BFA with an emphasis in
fiber from the University
of Washington. Marilyn continues to live and work in both the Southwest
January 20th, 2011 - Share and Tell - "Celebrate Our Bead Society"
NWBS General Meetings are formatted to provide our bead society
the opportunity to hear and
learn from art jewelry speakers and the development of their talents.
These artists reign in a
multitude of jewelry art media and their presentations inspire,
intrigue, and satisfy. The focus
of these meetings is to hear from them.
In January, the NWBS General Meeting is to focus on our bead community
and members. It is
an opportunity to meet friends, old and new, and to learn and hear from
one another. Come and
share with your bead society!
Past 2010 Meetings
January 21st – Show-And-Tell “Class Acts”
All of us have had one of those great classes with an inspired teacher
and interesting techniques that just helped you move your art forward or
maybe you got a new how-to book that served the same purpose? How about
an inspirational picture book that sent you in a new direction? Come
show off your creations, what you made from the class or books and what
February 18th – Juan Reyes
If you are looking for clasps and find yourself disappointed with the
options available in the bead stores, February is for you. Local metalsmith and teacher Juan Reyes will talk to us about his work and
various findings you can make with a minimum of equipment and no
soldering! Juan has been a jeweler for 15 years. He teaches a wide range
of techniques from his extensive repertoire at Danaca Design in
Seattle's University district.
March 18th – Zena McCoy
Based out of Seattle, Washington with ties to Colombia, Zena McCoy and
Semilla Designs create an exclusive jewelry line inspired by an
urban-natural concept. Each piece is handcrafted out of renewable
resources, primarily seeds, stones, shells and wood. These materials,
mixed with silver, gold, and glass, gives life to the collection,
satisfying the functional and cultural aesthetics of the urban
fashionista. Semilla Designs aims not only to stylishly accessorize the
individual but to also educate on the botanical, historical and cultural
significance of each seed.
April 15th – Rebecca Roush
Rebecca Roush has been using seed beads as a medium for over 20 years.
Not formally trained as an artist but handy with a needle and thread,
she was initially inspired by her college studies of Medieval and
Byzantine history. She began basing her work on Columbia Basin
petroglyphs and pictographs, and has done series of female figures,
crows and hands. In the past few years she has begun incorporating
felted wool into her pieces. To learn more about Rebecca and her art,
please visit www.rebeccaroush.com.
May 20th – Viki Lareau
Viki Lareau, CEO and co-owner of The Bead Factory in Tacoma, WA and
co-founder of the Puget Sound Bead Festivals, has been conducting
workshops on “The Business of Jewelry” for the past 14 years. In 2006
she published her book, Marketing and Selling Your Handmade Jewelry.
Based on the favorable response from both of these endeavors, Viki was
recruited by Beadwork magazine to initiate a regular column entitled,
“bead biz.” Viki's NWBS lecture will introduce you to turning your
jewelry-making passion into profit - focusing on marketing and selling.
To learn more about Viki, please visit
June 17th – Maggie Maggio
Maggie Maggio is an artist and architect whose passion for color,
experience playing with color and teaching color workshops around the
country led to a new way of looking at color – a way she calls “Smashing
Color.” She'll talk about what's right and wrong with color theory, what
you need to know, and how palettes are created. She will use examples
from her new book Polymer Clay Color Inspirations: Techniques and
Jewelry Projects for Creating Successful Palettes, co-authored with
Lindly Haunani. Maggie Maggio is renowned for her courses and workshops
on color as well as for her outstanding polymer clay work.
July - no meeting
Annual Summer NWBS Picnic - Seattle - Woodland Park, Shelter #7
September 16th – Nancy Mēgan Corwin
Drawing from deep within the traditions of metalsmithing, Seattle artist
and teacher Nancy Mēgan Corwin will present an overview of the work of
contemporary metalsmiths who have mastered, applied and reexamined the
ancient and technically demanding discipline covered in her new book
Chasing and Repoussé: Methods Ancient and Modern. Mēgan received her MFA
at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and she teaches extensively
nationwide. Her work can be found in the permanent collection of the
Tacoma Art Museum and locally at Facere Jewelry Art Gallery. For more
information about Mēgan please visit her website
October 21st – Greg Hanson & Marcie Stone
Starting from different points, Greg and Marcie have arrived at an
unusually satisfying and successful partnership in their work—glass
lampwork and sculptural seed beadwork—while maintaining their separate
artistic identities and interests. Their skill sets and visions
intertwine beautifully allowing pieces to develop as one idea seamlessly
merging into another.
Their talk will trace their journeys as artists, with an excursion into
the fine art of glass button-making. For more information and images of
their artwork, visit their website at
November 18th – Courtney Lipson
Courtney has become a bead collector, finding sources for antique seed
beads so small they're no longer made...of colors and sizes unavailable
in contemporary beads...thus she is not limited to the scale of new
glass beads. Incorporating beads from the past along with contemporary
beads allows for color and texture variations that are endless.
Additionally, Courtney has found inspiration for using tiny
semi-precious stones in future mosaic work. She feels fortunate to have
found a form of expression that continuously delights and challenges
Drawn to texture, color, and pattern, Courtney gathers inspiration from
minute details and overall themes. In her designs, she is bringing what
she sees into focus for us to discover. With awesome attention to these
minute details, Courtney uses tiny seed beads and semi-precious stones
inlaid into her hand wrought precious metal frames to create stunning
micro-mosaic jewelry. For more information and to see collections of
Courtney's artwork, visit her website at
December 9th – Party and Potluck!!!
As we most often do, this year's holiday celebration will occur
on the second Thursday of December and will include a potluck meal;
visiting with friends old and new; sharing projects,
ideas and inspiration; and our traditional gift exchange. We will begin
festivities at 7:00pm.
Watch for more information to arrive in your e/mail box.
January 15th – Beads and Books Show-And-Tell
Books are one of the most frequent sources of bead
inspiration. In January we hope everyone will come and share a favorite
book or books and the pieces they inspired. It could be a craft, bead,
jewelry, textile, or nature book. It could be a glass bead, beaded bag
or jewelry necklace. If you have an extra inspiring book and would like
to trade, bring it too! Come and see what you need next in your own
February 19th – Self Publishing
Have you ever wanted to publish a book with your work
but don't know where to start? This month come and learn the basics with
professional graphic designer Liz Martini. She will guide us through our
choices including publishers, layout programs, printing options and what
services a graphic designer offers. Look at real books from some of her
favorite publishers. Come and take the first steps toward your own book.
March 19th – Sara Wilbanks
Polymer clay is a new medium that Sara Wilbanks has
transformed into a jewel to be set in precious metals. Phototransfers
onto the clay form the basis of her artistic lexicon. A graduate of the
Art Institute of Chicago, Sara has been featured in Lark Books' 500
Earrings and was awarded an Artist Trust 2004 Edge Professional
Development Program award. To see some of her work, visit her gallery,
Facere Jewelry Art (www.facerejewelryart.com/artist.php?id=41).
April 16th – Tina Koyama
In early 2003, Tina left a 20-year career in corporate
communications to make more time for art. She has had dozens of jewelry
designs and other beadwork published in Beadwork, Bead & Button, and
Belle Armoire among others. Tina uses needle and thread with a variety
of materials to create self-supported, three-dimensional forms that
evoke movement and energy. Her latest body of work involves
hand-stitched, single, continuous piece of hand-dyed, ordinary cotton
rope into free-standing forms. The technique is self-taught. Tina says
of her work,”Regardless of medium, what excites me about working in
three dimensions is exploring the relationship between negative and
positive space. As with words left unspoken, a tension develops between
a hole and the physical material pressing against it. I am compelled to
reveal this tension and transform commonplace materials into unexpected
May 21st – Robin Atkins
Robin Atkins, long time NW bead artist, will present
Visual Journaling with Beads, Fibers, Threads and Fabric. Robin will
present over 200 beaded journal pieces by 42 artists participating in
the 2007-08 Bead Journal Project! Compelling and inspirational, this
unique beadwork tells stories, reveals emotions and follows important
events in the lives of the artists who create a visual journal each
month during the year-long project. In this presentation, you will see
the best of the best!
June 18th – Karen Lorene
Karen Lorene, owner of the Facere Jewelry Art and author of Buying
Antique Jewelry: Skipping the Mistakes, will present “WHICH ONE?
Creating an Antique Bead Collection.“ In this interactive lecture Karen
will guide participants on an imaginary trip through time putting
together a collection of beaded jewelry. Each category of beads will
have two images, and you get to choose the one you wish to put in your
imaginary collection. The second half of the lecture will help you learn
why one choice was a better collector's choice than the other... With
debate when appropriate in case you disagree!
July 19th - No meeting, however, we have our
September 17th –
An Evening of Sharing with Lampwork Artist and Tool Inventor
Scott Bouwens of Bearfoot Art.
Scott Bouwens from La Conner, WA has
been making lampwork beads since 1998 and has been doing it full time
since the year 2000. Starting with Art Festivals, Full-time selling on
eBay, Local and National Bead Shows, A full e-commerce website, and now
a retail location/studio in downtown La Conner. Scott is also the
inventor and manufacturer of many unique handmade tools for the
lampworker that enable the artist to work faster, with less body strain,
and with new techniques. A few of these tools are The Electric Mandrel
Spinner, The Rolling Marver, The Powder Vibe, and the Ultimate Hand
Stabilizers. Scott has been published numerous times in various books
and magazines and has received many honors for his work.
Scott signature element to his beads revolves around
his use of silver leaf to acheive a lovely palette of earth tones.
His passion for science and art will show as his natural talent of
teaching and sharing information is broken down to a glorious night of
eye candy and information. He'll share techniques, business information,
and be happy to answer your questions.
October 15th – Alida Latham
A seasoned world traveler, photographer and bead
collector, Alida will share images and stories from some of her
memorable trips. Whether it is the lives of peoples in remote parts of
the globe, their ornamentation or just wonderful views of places most of
us will never get a chance to visit, this is a lecture you should not
November 19th – Mary Lee Hu
Using traditional textile techniques—weaving, twining, wrapping,
braiding—Mary Lee Hu transforms wire into sumptuous body sculpture. Her
main tools are her fingers. "The many hours of repetitive twining are a
meditative activity," she says. Hu professes an early love of metals
that developed into more than 34 years of jewelry-making in which she
has explored the possibilities and limits of wire. Gold, with all its
associations of value and timelessness, is her metal of choice. "By
using the deep yellow color of the high karat gold, symmetry, and
intimate detail, I hope to reference the Classical Greek, Etruscan or
Celtic," she says. The retired head of the University of Washington
Metals program, Mary has taught and inspired a generation of jewelers
throughout the country.
December 10th – Holiday Party!!!