Celebrating a Life: A Tribute to Longtime Beadwork Illustrator Bonnie Brooks

Bonnie Brooks, an illustrator, wife, mother, and grandmother, was part of the fabric of Beadwork magazine for nearly a decade. Bonnie passed away on October 9th, and her loss has been felt both professionally and personally by all of us here at Beadwork—as well as in the beading community at large.

Bonnie Brooks, longtime Beadwork illustrator

Bonnie Brooks, longtime Beadwork illustrator

Everyone who’s been on the Beadwork staff has interacted with Bonnie in one way or another during their tenure. Jean Cox (Campbell), founding Editor of Beadwork, has known Bonnie longer than most and shared this tribute:

  • Bonnie was not only the most talented, most intuitive illustrator I’ve ever worked with but also a kind and gentle friend. What a joy it was to work with her. We didn’t often have to rework Bonnie’s drawings because she was so good at illustrating our projects. The reason she often got it in one try was that she was always doing research to stay on top of beading trends. She even got a job at a bead store once a week so she could stay informed about new techniques, new products, and bead artists! She was totally immersed in beading.
  • Bonnie would do anything for her family and always put them first. She was very close to her grandchildren and helped her own kids out whenever she could. She always remembered the details of my life, too, asking about my kids, etc. She was such a lovely person.

Bonnie’s talent will shine on in the pages of Beadwork through the contributions she’s made over the years, and we are so blessed and honored that she has been such an integral part of the magazine.

We will miss you, Bonnie!
—Your friends at Beadwork magazine

Bonnie Brooks

A staff favorite: Bonnie’s illustration of Lisa Kan’s Radiance Necklace from December 2016/January 2017 Beadwork

Bonnie Brook

Lisa Kan’s Radiance Necklace from December 2016/January 2017 Beadwork


  1. Tracy G at 12:11 pm January 5, 2018

    She did truly beautiful work. My condolences to her family and the Interweave family.

  2. Esther L at 7:27 pm January 7, 2018

    Bonnie was a lovely person, and a beloved member of our beading community. We are all saddened by this loss.

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