Author: Mandi

Fierce Exhibition Challenge Reveal

Fierce. When I say it, I immediately think of Lady Gaga, Beyonce, and Madonna (pictured) as women who embody the word. To me it means confidence, passion, untamed, with a splash of what will she do next…the perfect theme for a beading challenge. What’s an Exhibition Challenge? Well, I made it up. I wanted to create a safe space for creative expression with beads- no voting, no winners, no prizes. We will celebrate creativity and beading as an art form, and I am excited to promote these artists and their work! I made kits available and participants had to use...

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BCP 18 | Chic Beading with Amy Katz

Chic Beading with Amy Katz by Mandi Bugatti | Bead Circle Podcast https://beadcircle.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/AmyKatz.mp3 Amy Katz has been part of the world of seed beads since 1993 as a student, teacher and designer. All her life she has had a love of quality jewelry. Several years ago when she began designing her own pieces from scratch, Amy made the decision to make the fine jewelry look her own using seed beads and crystals. Using imagination and top-notch materials, this high-end style has come to life as her signature style. Amy is currently teaching both locally in northern Virginia and nationally....

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Butterfly Exhibition Challenge Reveal

It started with an idea for an exhibition challenge- no voting, no winners, no prizes. I wanted us to celebrate creativity and beading as an art form. Participants must use something from the kit in their beadwork and incorporate beadweaving techniques. I threw down the butterfly challenge inspired by their Herculean type strength that allows for their complete transformation…   and put together the kits… Now it’s time for the Big Reveal! Click the pictures for a closer look. Lynn Lytle Katy, Texas Many years ago my mom started beading peyote bracelets after she broke her ankle and could no longer...

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BCP 17 | Bead On with Laura Zeiner

Bead On with Laura Zeiner by Mandi Bugatti | Bead Circle Podcast https://beadcircle.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/LauraZeiner.mp3 Laura Zeiner has been beading and teaching beadwork for about twelve years and has a passion for putting a contemporary spin on traditional stitches. Nature is a constant theme in her beading and she loves to incorporate uncommon objects and “old things” into her work. She travels around selling her work at various bead& art shows, sometimes up to 15 in a year. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, John, and Ginger, her spoiled-rotten sheltie. In her “spare time”, she can usually be found...

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Ocean Exhibition Challenge Reveal

It started with an idea for an exhibition challenge- no voting, no winners, no prizes. I wanted us to celebrate creativity and beading as an art form. Participants must use something from the kit in their beadwork and incorporate beadweaving techniques. I threw down the challenge, chose the ocean for inspiration… and put together the kits… Amy Royster I took my challenge beads to a bead retreat and I wouldn’t allow myself to work on anything else until it was finished, or at least almost finished. When I saw the colors together, I instantly thought of ocean waves. When I...

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