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!)
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.
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.
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!
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:
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:
Laura McCabe (with free project PDF)
Jamie Cloud Eakin (with bonus project PDF)
Nathalie Mornu (with two free project PDFs)