Bead Panel Q-and-A: Beaders to Seek Out!

January 03, 2011, 16:00 pm  Posted by Lark Jewelry & Beading

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!

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

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).

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

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:

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?

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:

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.


3 Responses

    Cynthia Newcomer Daniel says:

    Marcia, I couldn’t agree more! Mikki and Nancy are fabulous!

    rumah says:

    Thank you very much for a high-class article

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