Sabine Lippert, author of Sabine Lippert’s Beaded Fantasies, writes from Germany:
Creativa is an annual design and craft show in Dortmund, the biggest one in Germany. In recent years, the organizers started the “Perlenexpo” — the bead exhibition — with one hall mainly dedicated to beading supplies.
This year for the first time, Creativa hosted a “designer village” in which international artists were invited to have little booths. Huib Petersen and Anna Elizabeth Draeger from the United States, Heather Kingsley Heath from England, and Hiroe Takagi from Japan were some of the renowned beaders exhibiting there.
I had a booth with my friend Claudia Schumann from Creanon (which will be publishing the German version of Sabine Lippert’s Beaded Fantasies and also published my earlier book, Perlenkochbuch, in German). I thought the show was a great success. Although you might think 99 percent of beaders are active on the Internet, such an exhibition is still a very good way to reach new beaders and to infect people with the beading virus who were trying to resist it! It was also a great opportunity to meet fellow beaders who I’d only known through the Internet before the show.
For a beading hermit like me, Creativa was an experience to talk and laugh for five days in a row. The show has ended now, and my voice still sounds like I should become a Tom Waits impersonator, but I enjoyed every minute of it.
Next year I cannot join the party again: I will be teaching at the Beading by the Bay event in San Francisco. But, in 2014, I will certainly be back in Dortmund.
Please enjoy these photographs from this year’s show! I especially like the picture in which Huib Petersen is wearing my hair.