Examples of the Special Guests at previous Bead Shows.
Did you know we have Celebrities in the crafting world? We sure do, and we have some of the best! They’ve even agreed to come and teach, and display their work at our show. So come on over and meet our Guest Artisans.
A self-taught bead artist living in Alberta, Carolyn enjoys the endless creativity derived from stringing and stitching “little round shiny things with holes in them”. This is both a frustrating and exhilarating way to fill in the spare moments of her very full days as a wife, mother to three adult daughters and one son-in-law and musician.
Creativity has always played a large role in her life, from sewing clothes at a young age, to experimenting with a wide variety of arts and crafts; from earning a Degree in Music and playing several instruments, to making jewellery. Her creations are inspired by a wide variety of things – the colours and shapes of the natural world, works of vintage and antique beaded art, the encouraging comments of her family, and the many hours spent “composing” with needle, beads, and thread.
Her work has been published in magazines around the world — Bead and Button (USA), Beadwork (USA), Beading Polska (Poland), Fashion and Handicraft (Ukraine), Bead and Jewellery (UK) and Perlen Poesie (Germany). She has won several beading awards, is a member of the BeadSmith’s Inspiration Squad and has done design work for other large bead manufacturers. She has written two books, Beautiful Designs with SuperDuos and Twin Beads and Stitching With a Handful of Beads, both published by Kalmbach.
Following a successful career in fashion design, I discovered quilting in 2002. After receiving a strong grounding in traditional quilting, I began experimenting with different techniques. These experiments cultivated a devotion to all forms of quilting and a love of hand-embellishment, free-motion embroidery, and machine piecing. I have put hundreds of hours into my work, stitch-by-stitch, adding lustrous threads, beads, fibers and non-traditional materials like paper and metal. My art takes on a life of its own.
Quick sketches or moments of inspiration challenge me to strive for something different. While new techniques are a welcome challenge, colour is a strong element in my work. It is one of the key elements in giving my art its aged or antique look. There is a sense of history with each piece that invites the viewer to take a closer look and see the story that is to be told.
I belong to the international group of artist called Connections Fibre Artists and we exhibit throughout Canada.