Monthly Archives: April 2012

Art or craft?

Your medium of choice may label you as a crafter. Yet, your medium alone doesn’t necessarily define your work. Earlier this month two artisans who work in typical “craft” mediums participated in a panel on visual communication for a local … Continue reading

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The Courage to Move from Behind the Mask

As an intense, career-driven woman, I hid behind a “poised, knowledgeable and confident” persona for years. Even my hobbies were as all-consuming as my job. While we might choose such an “adult persona” from time to time, there’s no substitute … Continue reading

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Swipe the Beads, Leave the Creativity!

Yikes! My beadweaving needs a few more lime green delicas but the little girl-cat stole my beads! Yes, yes, I know they’re in the house somewhere. Obviously the little darling loved the wonderful tube that rattled! But where, oh where … Continue reading

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Color Redefines Beadweaving Project

Red Swarovski crystals call attention to the impish smile (in my view) on the face of Buddah in this Laughing Buddah beadweaving. An important accent, the red pops! At first, I’d not thought to include red. The multi-colored purple delicas … Continue reading

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Heed the African Trade Bead Voice

“This one speaks to me,” Sharon proclaimed. “It’s mine.” African trade beads, like the one forming the center of Sharon’s necklace offer untold memories of tribeswomen bargaining for food, water, and provisions of many kinds. Imagine using beads as currency! … Continue reading

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