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Beading with the Masters: Alphonse Mucha

If there’s one artist whose work could sum up the Art Nouveau movement, you guessed it—it’s Alphonse Mucha, Czech decorative artist and preeminent Art Nouveau painter born on July 24, 1860. His mass-produced commercial advertisements and playbills were so appealing that people would cut them from billboards with razor blades and steal them! I’m an […]

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How to Become a Beadwork Cover Girl

If you’ve been reading Beadwork for the past year, you’re undoubtedly familiar with Shanna Steele’s fabulous Tucson Vista necklace. We’ve restocked the Tucson Vista kit several times, and it continues to be one of our most popular designs. Read on to learn how Shanna became a Beadwork cover girl. Shanna’s inspiration for her Tucson Vista […]

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It is a widespread idea that traditional retail is dead, killed by the internet and the frenetic pace of modern life. And if that’s true in general, it’s particularly true for local bead stores, which are expiring like Mayflies in June as the ever-increasing variety and cost of specialty beads go up and up. However, […]

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What is your beading inspiration? Is it nature? color? people? events? a sunrise? a seashell? Do you keep ideas in a journal, on your phone, or on sticky notes? Do you meet with other beaders, artists, and creative people to talk about your work and ideas? Do you ever have days when nothing inspires you? […]

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Native American beadwork has a rich heritage of symbolism through the use of colors, gemstones, and designs to tell stories and convey meaning. If you want to learn more about these symbols, keep reading and then check out these resources from the Native American Heritage Month website to learn more about the culture and meaning […]

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Irene van Ligten, a lampwork artist from the Netherlands, submitted her version of Karen Winter’s Desert Thistle Earrings feature in the February/March 2013 issue of Beadwork. About six years ago, Irene van Ligten discovered the art of lampworking after taking a few classes and became obsessed with the versatile and beautiful art form. She often […]

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