Panel Q-and-A: The Bead & Button Show

January 10, 2011, 14:49 pm  Posted by Lark Jewelry & Beading

The 2011 Bead & Button Show is now open for registration! (That sentence alone should generate a fair number of “Likes” for this post!) The show will be held June 4-12 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

With all due respect to all the wonderful regional shows and those held abroad, Bead & Button is generally recognized as the most important event of the year for beaders worldwide. Find information about this year’s show and how to register at www.beadandbuttonshow.com.

I asked the members of our Beadweaving Master Class panel to share what makes the show so special to them. (Please tell me in the Comments section what makes the show special to you or, if you haven’t gone yet, why you’d like to attend!)

Diane Fitzgerald, author of Diane Fitzgerald’s Shaped Beadwork, of Minneapolis, Minnesota:

My favorite part of the Bead & Button Show is the Meet the Teachers reception featuring all the show’s teachers.

I love to talk to the beaders who come to my table and see what they’re wearing. It’s like a constant parade of beautiful beading going by.

Sherry Serafini, author of the Spring 2011 release Sherry Serafini’s Sensational Bead Embroidery, of Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania:

I love this show with all of my heart. It was my first teaching venue.

My favorite part is getting to see everyone in the industry. And of course people from all over are at this event, making it one incredible and unique experience.

Rachel Nelson-Smith, author of the Fall 2011 release Rachel Nelson-Smith’s Bead Riffs, of Santa Cruz, California:

Knowing I’ll get to see Marcia DeCoster, Suzanne Golden, Stacy Creamer, Huib Petersen, Lisa Niven Kelly, Kriss Silva, Dallas Lovett, Jeannette Cook, Amy Katz, Paulette Baron, Sherry Serafini, Adrienne Gaskell, Lisa Claxton, Judy Walker, Barb Switzer, Melanie Potter, and so many more at least once each year and all in one place makes me giddy.

Seeing all the wonderful lampwork beads in one place tickles my fancy, too.

Laura McCabe, author of Laura McCabe’s Embellished Beadweaving, of Old Mystic, Connecticut:

The energy level is what’s so special. I don’t know of any other show that has that many beaders all in the same place at the same time. It’s a little bit surreal.

Maggie Meister, author of the Fall 2011 book Maggie Meister’s Classical Elegance, of Norfolk, Virginia:

I haven’t been to Bead & Button in a few years. But I love going to see other teachers who I don’t get a chance to visit with otherwise.  It’s also always great to run into students!

Marcia DeCoster, author of Marcia DeCoster’s Beaded Opulence, of Lemon Grove, California:

Bead & Button provides a magical experience where so many artists, so much exceptional beadwork, and so many beads all come together.

For me it is a rare opportunity to spend time with my teaching colleagues, as well as with the students — many of whom I’ve built lasting friendships with.

*Now, go back and read earlier questions to our panel — and we invite you to answer them yourself in each post’s Comments section:

1. How did you get started beading?

2. What characteristics set beaders apart?

3. What inspires your designs?

4. What’s your favorite personal piece of jewelry for wearing?

5. What’s your favorite part of your job as a jeweler or beader? Least favorite?

6. What’s your favorite beading book?

7. What are your favorite bead colors?

8. What trends are you seeing in beading today?

9. What are you really trying to teach?

10. Who is an up-and-coming beader-designer you’d like to bring to people’s attention?

Also read great recent Lark Jewelry & Beading interviews with leading creative beaders, jewelers, and metalsmiths—please leave comments and let us know what you think about the artists and their work:

Sherry Serafini

Margie Deeb

Laura McCabe (with free project PDF)

Jamie Cloud Eakin (with bonus project PDF)

Sabine Lippert

Carol Wilcox Wells

Cindy Thomas Pankopf

Joanna Gollberg

Mary Hettmansperger

Lisa Slovis Mandel

Nathalie Mornu (with two free project PDFs)

Our Blogger Profiles have featured Carol Dean Sharpe, Lorelei Eurto, and Andrew Thornton.


4 Responses

    Sabine Lippert says:

    Last year I went there. I thought once in a lifetime you have to do it! After one day I was sure “I’ll be back!” ;-)
    It is absolutely crazy, huge and familiar at the same time.

    Carol Dean Sharpe/Sand Fibers says:

    Bead & Button made what had been an online community for me come to life on a different level. Now I have faces, voices, and the sounds of individual laughs and chuckles to go with Facebook profile shots and photos of beadwork. Last year’s show was a magical experience for me and I can’t wait for June to finally get here! I learned to love this beady world of ours so much more in those few days in Milwaukee.

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