aka: Beadfest 2017
My pictures are mostly from Artisans Alley… and I know you want to see the loot. It was a wonderful year this year… let me show you a few of my favorite things.
A – Abundance. I came into BF this year stressed out and needing a break. I was overwhelmed by the abundance of friendship, compassion, and caring. It was exactly what I needed.
B – Beads. Yes – this IS what brought us all together. Bounty. Beautiful. Beckoning…
C – Camaraderie. Connections. Community. We all speak the same language, unified by creativity, collecting, art, expression. I am always excited to see what customers create with my cabs and pendants – so glad Helen brought “show and tell”
D – Diane Hawkey – one of my roomies and fellow ceramic bead maker/artist friends.
E – Excitement. Exuberance. Exhaustion.
F – Friends. Family. Fun. And Flat Diana!
G – Gemstones. I bought a few… ( this is my loot, yes it is. )
H – Heather Boardman of HMB Studios has been my neighbor for many years. BF wouldn’t be the same with out her!
I – Insects. Very popular motif this year – from my stoneware moths to Humblebeads cicadas and Summer Wind’s fireflies!
J – Just what I needed: Susan Kennedy ( fellow AE team mate and bead maker extraordinaire) stopped by for a quick visit as she was taking classes. She brought me a little bag of treasures – a get well/ feel better treat as she knew I’d been swamped. What a thoughtful gift!
K – Keep on keeping on. And drink coffee! There are busy spells and slow spells – part of the job.
L – LOOT! and lemon drop martinis?
M – Mermaids. ( see “W”) Marsha Neal Studios! Marsha is a dear friend, an inspiring ceramic artist, and a “connector”. She knows everyone!
N – Neighbors, including Nikki Thornburg!
O – One last dinner. Time spent with friends we see too rarely. Cars were packed and soon we would be heading our separate ways…
P – Polymer of course! No Bead Fest is complete without my polymer sister Staci Smith! And Andrew Thornton and William Jones were there representing Allegory Gallery
Q – the Quest for the perfect cab, the right color seed bead…
R – Rest and rejuvenation? Since it was a bit of a slumber party…. Remember BF is a marathon not a sprint!
S- Seed beads. Can you believe I did not buy ANY? I made up for it in gemstones….
T – Talking. Trading ideas and techniques and tips.
U – Understanding each other so clearly. Really feeling at home with your people, your tribe.
V – Very. Very inspired, very tired, very happy.
W – Weeki Wachee! Yes – where the mermaids are… What a thrilling surprise to meet Julie Komenda – artist in residence at Weeki Wachee! We have a few mermaid people people in common – and shall I say; got along swimmingly?
X – Extreme gratitude. I still at times find myself marveling at the fact that this is WHAT I DO full time. I count myself lucky to love work so and to be in this company. I work extreme hours, and sometimes the pay is… well, variable. But I love it all.
Y – You! Bead Fest wouldn’t work without you; readers, customers, artisans, bead makers, metal smiths, ceramic artists, collectors….
Z – Art ‘Zine. From Cynthia Thornton of Green Girl Studio. It is a treasure and a delight!
*Special thanks to Kathleen Klik since I stole her pictures!