Who is an up-and-coming beader-designer you’d like to bring to people’s attention?
I posed this difficult (and a little bit unfair) question to our Beadweaving Master Class panel, and four of them were willing to venture an answer! Please click through to view the artwork of the beaders cited by our panel. Each week on Monday I ask a new question of these wonderful author-teacher-designer beaders!
Ray, I have a hard time with this because of the “up and coming.” I might think of someone that way while they think of themselves as having arrived.
Having said that, I like the work of Mikki Ferrugiaro and Nancy Dale, both of whom are part of the Bead Mavens group (see http://beadmavens.blogspot.com) But I don’t want to appear condescending in any way to think I am ahead of them!
Maggie Meister, author of the Fall 2011 book Maggie Meister’s Classical Elegance, of Norfolk, Virginia:
Wow! There are so many great designers out there! I don’t know if they are up-and-coming or well established, but I love Kim Stathis’ exquisite work (see www.beadsandi.com) and Jean Power’s wonderful geometric shapes and the colors she uses (see www.jeanpower.com).
Melissa Grakowsky is awesome. (See www.grakowsky.net.) She is one gifted artist!!
Rachel Nelson-Smith, author of the Fall 2011 release Rachel Nelson-Smith’s Bead Riffs, of Santa Cruz, California:
I’d like to point out Miho Kanaya (see images of her work here, or visit her actual blog — in Japanese — here) of Kamakura, Japan. I’ve got an image of the two of us standing before her Autumn Kimono. Her beadwork is incredible.
*Now, go back and read earlier questions to our panel — and I invite you to answer them yourself in each post’s Comments section:
Also read great recent Lark Jewelry & Beading interviews with leading creative jewelers, beaders, 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)