Sonoko Nozue at Bead & Button show 2010

September 03, 2010, 12:30 pm  Posted by Lark
sonoko Nozue at Bead & Button

Front: Sonoko Nozue. Back: Sonoko's interpreter Yoko, me, Kathy

During the Bead & Button, I had the great pleasure of meeting Sonoko Nozue, very probably the grande dame of the Japanese beading world. Kathy and I joined her for lunch at restaurant Nanakusa, with her assistant, who did her best to interpret between us. Even as we conversed, there were comical misunderstandings that came to light when the restaurant’s owner, Yoko Kawamura, who is fluent in English, joined us… so there was much laughing–not to mention some delicious Japanese food.

Sonoko generously gave me a copy of her book, the extremely elegant Mode de Beads. I’m grateful to own it, because it’s such a gorgeous book, with amazing projects, and I had no luck finding it online when I tried to purchase it 6 months ago. (Granted, I can’t shop on Japanese sites due to the language barrier! If you can navigate that type of thing and you want a copy of the book, its ISBN is 978-4-86269-061-6.)

I’ve made a few scans of some of its offerings. Unfortunately, my equipment can’t handle the silver foil on the cover, and it didn’t do a good job replicating the black inks, but you can get an idea nonetheless what a terrific job Sonoko–who managed the photographic process–and her photographer did. Oh, and that model!

all 4 images taken from Sonoko Nozue's "Mode de Beads," copyright Wani Magazine

  • http://tailgatemarketfanclub.wordpress.com Ruth Gonzalez

    The beadwork is so fluid, and so elegant…and like you said, really set off by the model and photography.

  • Ray Hemachandra

    Sonoko’s work is gorgeous, and her sensibility classic.