Jul 30, 2009

What’s Happening out West?

The Bead Society of Los Angeles has announced their
Fall Bead Bazaar
Sunday, October 25, 2009, 10 am to 5 pm at

Veteran's Memorial Auditorium
4117 Overland Ave,
corner of Culver Blvd., Culver City CA
The admission is free and there will be ample parking.

Typically, the Bead Bazaars are held twice a year in April and October. Approximately 100 vendors sell at each Bazaar. These events have become famous in Southern California. A huge variety of antique and contemporary beads, beaded objects, findings, etc., can be purchased there. The bazaar is a successful fundraiser for the Bead Society of Los Angeles.
The Oldest Bead Society in the US
The Bead Society of Los Angeles was founded in 1975 by an enthusiastic group of bead collectors, jewelry designers, importers and scholars. A wealth of old trade beads and ethnic jewelry was being brought into Los Angeles from countries around the world in this period. Because so little information about beads existed at the time, the founders felt the need to share their research and study as well as having the opportunity to show their collections and ideas. Soon membership was opened to others interested in beads and The Bead Society quickly grew. The same is true today, society members still meet and share their ideas and knowledge at the monthly meetings.

Jul 17, 2009

Spectacular Contemporary Jewelry from Peru!

Twitter has been an incredible community and means to meet fabulously talented jewelry and bead artist from across the globe. In the last three months, I have had the great fortune of having over 600 hundred people follow my tweets and my blog.

Pilar and Aldo are two very talented and artistic crafts people haling from Lima, Peru.

When I saw their work, I was thrilled with its uniqueness, and implored to write to them and ask them if I could feature their work on my blog. They were very happy to fulfill my request. So, here for the first time on this blog is just a few samples of their work. Please enjoy and don’t be shy to look at the other links that they have offered.

Pilar and Aldo are a happy couple that enjoy making and creating jewelry objects inspired by music, books and battles that cannot be found on maps but in the gifts of the wind.

Pilar works in Special Education and she studied Silver Crochet with the sculpture artist Juan Pacheco at Escultorica in her hometown Lima, Peru. Here is the site www.escultorica.com. In Canada, she took some courses in flaming glass. Her inspiration is based in the cosmos, the earth and the sea.

Aldo is an electronic engineer and also jeweler. He graduated from the Instituto Peruano de Joyeria y Arte, Escuela de Joyeria in his hometown of Lima. Here is their site address www.iperjoy.com. He also participated as an artist in the Patronato de Plata del Peru contest in 2006, www.patronatoplatadelperu.org. Aldo, also took courses in flaming and fused glass.

Both, Aldo and Pilar believe that there are simple things around us that make us happy. Those things are the gifts of the wind, like the dance of the leaves, the laughter of children playing, the smell of freshly baked bread...

M.Aldito.Arte / Aldo + Pilar

Jul 9, 2009

Man-made or Not?

I always believed that the “Strawberry Quartz” I was buying in the bead supply stores was truly quartz until I began research for this post. Low and behold--to my surprise, the "Strawberry Quartz" was actually not quartz at all. In fact it is really a unique form of glass created in China and India. It has a clear glass base with red or pink glass "hairs" swirled throughout the clear base.

The dishonest name was apparently invented by dealers. My question is…why the lie?? The material in and of itself is quite beautiful, the color unusual. I would have bought it if they called it glass.

Be that as it may…I love the beads and found wonderful ways of pairing them with pearls and silver. I incorporated Czech high-fire polish faceted beads with the leaf bead necklace. The center of the necklace is Mother-of-Pearl. The leaf beads I found were on eBay.

There is nothing wrong with using glass beads…most beads are made of glass. I purchase glass beads all of the time. So, what was the problem? I also love gemstones, as well. A bit pricier, but worth the beauty.

Jun 29, 2009

Philadelphia~The Largest Bead & Jewelry Show on the East Coast!

August 19-23, 2009
Valley Forge Convention Center
1160 First Avenue
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Montgomery County

Special Events
Friday, August 21
8:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Meet the Instructors Reception - Come and meet our world famous instructors! See what they are teaching and sign up for workshops. Instructors will also be selling kits, jewelry etc. Food & beverage served.
Free admission, cash bar available
Saturday, August 22
8 PM – 10 PM
Moonlight Bead In - Bring a project you are currently working on and get a chance to mingle with fellow beaders, Interweave Editors and Bead Fest staff!
Free and open to the public, cash bar available
Special Book Signings & jewelry-making demos by Interweave Authors


Jun 24, 2009

New England Bead Society~Presents

New England's oldest and best bead show at
the Armenian Cultural and Educational Center
The Bead Affaire on October 17th 2009
The Bead Affaire is held every fall, and features over fifty exhibitors from around the country, showing and selling an amazing range of beads, beading supplies and beaded jewelry. In addition to locally and nationally recognized glass bead artists and vendors, there are demonstrations and door prizes. The Bead Affaire offers both beginners and experienced beaders an opportunity to learn about beads, beading techniques and bead resources.
Funds raised by the Bead Affaire are used to support the ongoing activities of the bead society including lectures, workshops and educational outreach projects.


Jun 21, 2009

Beads at Harvard Sqaure ~ Cambridge

As a New Yorker, coming from the hectic fast-paced streets of the city, Harvard Square is like a breath of fresh air. Why? I have been visiting the Boston area for several years now because my close friends’ mother lives in a nearby location. Its relaxed beauty in which the Edwardian brick buildings of Harvard University that spread out over the area, as well as its many unique streets, shops and beautiful homes and history make it a stroller's paradise.

There are two shops both are on Church Street, a few doors apart. The first store is Cambridge Artists' Cooperative. I love to visit because I know that I will always find wonderful handmade and unique American items of the highest quality. They are largely created by New England artists and craftspeople. Their merchandise varies from paintings to framed stamps, from wearable items to truly amazing jewelry. The sales people are very friendly and open to chat about the store, the artists and life in general.

The wonderful thing about this store is that they are always open to new or not so new artists and designers. www.cambridgeartistscoop.com.

The other store in Cambridge is Beadworks, also on Church Street. This is a company that has a chain of several stores in different cities. What is really terrific about this store is that they cater to the hobbyist, to those new to beadwork and to the more experienced artisans. The store has great natural light provided by a beautiful skylight that creates an airy feeling. It is clearly laid out with their beads grouped by color. They offer classes and friendly assistance. I wish that we had a Beadworks Store in NYC (though there is one in Westchester). www.beadworkscambridge.com

I have included two necklaces that I created from the beads that I bought at Beadworks and one picture of the jewelry from the coop.

May 28, 2009

What's Coming Up Here in NYC

The best deal in town for every New York City and tri-state area beaders/jewelry artisans is the Bead Society of Greater New York. For a very small sum of $5.00 one can go to a meeting and learn something new, meet other wonderful artists, exchange ideas and generally have a great time.

They have scheduled a three day retrospective at the Fashion Institute of Technology

A 20 Year Retrospective
JUNE 19-21, 2009 at Fashion Institute of Technology’s Great Hall

It sounds really like something not to be missed...I myself will be there. They are calling for volunteers, if you are interested.