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Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry: Photographs of Beautiful Contemporary Beadwork (Lark Jewelry & Beading)by Ray Hemachandra
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This beautiful and inspiring book gathers photographs of 500 of the most breathtaking beaded jewelry designs created in recent years. The techniques the beaders employ are as varied as the aesthetic sensibilities they bring to their gorgeous creations and include beadweaving in every stitch imaginable, embroidery, quilling, loom weaving, and kumihimo braiding, as well as basic stringing, simple wirework, and fine metalwork. Sometimes, a bead makers focal piece simply is set in a straightforward, unpretentious, and beautiful design.
Virtually all of the worlds most famous beaders who make jewelry have pieces included -- including Carol Wilcox Wells, Diane Fitzgerald, Marcia DeCoster, Jamie Cloud Eakin, Huib Petersen, Paulette Baron, Sabine Lippert, Sherry Serafini, Margie Deeb, Maggie Meister, Melanie Potter, Ann Tevepaugh Mitchell, Laura McCabe, Suzanne Golden, Jean Campbell, Rachel Nelson-Smith, Eva Dobos, and many more -- but we also present work from many artists who have never been published before. All together, this extensive, international, and fabulous survey of 500 pieces includes work from nearly 300 artists from 30 countries and reveals the striking vision and ambition of todays beading community.
Every beader, jeweler, and crafter will want Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry in their collection.
"Opening this gorgeous hunk of a book is like walking into a high-end jewelry gallery. There are 500 full-color photographs of beaded jewelry — necklaces, rings, bracelets, pins and earrings — created by 275 artists with beads, wire, filament, and fiber. Some of the artists are well-known to beaders, like Carol Wilcox Wells and Diane Fitzgerald, and some not-so-well-known, with their work published for the first time. This makes for a heady blend of inspiration, ideas, and expression. Editor Hemachandra selected the 500 beaded objects from submissions by 360 artists from 30 countries. To his credit, no single style — bead weaving, bead embroidery, bead stringing — gets short shrift. The photography is of high professional standards, no Instagram shots by amateurs posted to Facebook, and is also instructively illustrative of the beadwork, offering closeup shots that will help the aspiring bead worker reproduce some of the techniques. One quibble: it would have been nice to include the artists' countries of origin just below the photo of their work instead of in the index, saving the reader a lot of flipping back and forth. A list of artists' Web sites would have been nice, too." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Today, a large community of highly skilled beaders creates work that's every bit as much art as craft. This gorgeous book showcases 500 images of the world's best contemporary beaded jewelry, produced by 275 artists whose work is notable for exceptional technical expertise, innovative combinations, and sheer beauty. The international roster of famous beaders includes Diane Fitzgerald, Marcia DeCoster, Laura McCabe, and Sherry Serafini, as well as talented but lesser-known artists. Beaders of all levels will find much to admire--and inspire--in these pages.
Today, a large community of highly skilled beaders creates work that's every bit as much art as craft. This gorgeous book showcases 500 images of the world's best contemporary beaded jewelry, produced by 275 artists whose work is notable for exceptional technical expertise, innovative combinations, and sheer beauty. Beaders of all levels will find much to admire--and inspire--in these pages.
The extraordinary international roster of accomplished designers includes:
Diane Fitzgerald * Ingeborg Vandamme * Helena Tang-Lim * Felieke van der Leest *
Marcia DeCoster * Paulette Baron * Kira Seiden * Sherry Serafini * Melanie Potter *
Jamie Cloud Eakin * Sabine Lippert * Wayne Robbins * Kyunghee Kim * Katharina Eder *
Tamuna Lezhava * Veronica Jonsson * Margie Deeb * Jean Power * Amy Katz *
Jean Campbell * Ann Tevepaugh Mitchell * Nancy Cain * Laura McCabe * Rachel Nelson-Smith * Eva Dobos * Huib Petersen * Carol Wilcox Wells * as well as many talented but lesser-known artists!
About the Author
Ray Hemachandra is the team lead and business manager for Lark Jewelry & Beading and the author or senior editor of more than two dozen books including many 500 Series and Masters Series titles, among them Masters: Beadweaving, Masters: Gold, Masters: Polymer Clay, Masters: Blown Glass, 500 Judaica, 500 Vases, 500 Raku, 500 Art Quilts, as well as The Penland Book of Glass and Beading with World Beads. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina.
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