Alexandra was born and raised in Ukraine. When Alexandra was about six years old she saw a magnificent beaded herdan. Instantly falling in love with this beaded treasure, she decided to learn how to make this kind of jewelry herself.
A little over seven years ago Alexandra went through a series of unexpected events that led her to start combining beads, leather, and semiprecious gemstones. This revelation was nothing short of a miracle for her. A year later she decided to enter a beading contest and, to her utmost surprise, the first piece she ever submitted won! She has since accumulated over the years both national and international victories and publications in US, Ukrainian, and German magazines. She had her pieces modeled on a runway. One of her necklace creations spent a year on exhibit at the TOHO Museum in Japan, and two another is featured in Creative Beading, Volume 9 and Creative Beading, Volume 10.
Alexandra teaches beading classes at US bead shops, for the B&B Show, and occasionally internationally.
Anne Dilker comes out of semi-retirement to teach for us at this event. She is one of the pioneers of kumihimo used in jewelry design. In addition to having written a number of books on the subject Anne has taught extensively both nationally and internationally.
The BeadSmith chose Anne to consult with them on their line of kumihimo tools, findings and materials And she continues to represent the BeadSmith as a guest designer on Jewelry Television’s how-to program Jewel School.
Anne has also pushed the concept of other textile techniques as jewelry (macrame and fingerweaving) and holds as patent on the Macrame Work Board.
Website: www.Kabeladesign.com, Email: [email protected]
Beth and Tom Botak of Kabela Design, have been providing filigree pieces to designers and shops around the world since 2008. Their line is proudly made in the USA. Their components are created using the original die plates dating back as far as 1904. The filigree pieces are truly unique and finished in Antique Brass, Antique Copper and Fine Silver.
Website: ACLPatternsandMore.com, Email: [email protected]
Edwin Batres has been beading for eight years. He discovered the beading world when he first met who would become his teacher and mentor, Aurelio Castano.
He experimented with different art media finding his passion in bead weaving.
Currently Edwin runs ACL Patterns and More, an online shop that specializes in the sale of beading patterns, unique and / or unusual beads and findings. He is a bilingual bead weaving teacher who hold classes locally and in South America. Edwin also uses his YouTube channel to share his passion for beads to his Spanish speaking followers around the world.
Website: www.etsy.com/shop/divabeaders, Email: [email protected]
Laina Goodman has always had a passion for art. She graduated from Drexel University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Fashion Design. While living in Florence, Italy for a study abroad program, she studied art history, painting, silk screening, and silversmithing. Laina’s love of creating turned into a realty when she and two partners opened Artful Beads Studio and Workshop in 2006. The ten years she spent designing, teaching, and selling beads were some of the happiest times of her life. Laina continues to enjoy teaching beadwork, as well as her new role as a first time mom. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, baby girl, and furry black cat.
Website: www.theodyssey-ojds.com; Email: [email protected]
Marti is a professional artist and craftsman. She received her BFA in jewelry making from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Marti has been designing jewelry for over 30 years using primarily metals and gemstone. She has been teaching jewelry classes for 23 years at different venues and in her own studio. Marti is certified to teach Precious Metal Clay by the PMC Guild . She is a juried member of the Bucks County Guild of Craftsmen, the Reading-Berks Guild of Craftsmen and the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen. Marti has worked in a variety of traditional and contemporary jewelry metals and processes. Currently she works in niobium, a colorful metal, Precious Metal Clay and of course beads. Recent trips to Tucson during the gem shows have reintroduced her to the joys of playing with beads. She is constantly looking for new sources of inspiration and has added bead weaving and PMC bead making to her techniques. Marti’s studio is located in Frenchtown, NJ.
Website: www.beadmeastory.com, Email: [email protected]
Mary Soucy, of Bead Me A Story, creates unique chain maille items in mixed media from her Glen Burnie, Maryland studio in the suburbs of Baltimore. Originally a seed bead and polymer clay artist, she finds new ways to use beads, rings, rubber and metal in her chain maille items. As a chain maille supplier, it offers Mary the opportunity to experiment with a lot of different items to see if they can be worked into her chain maille designs. Mary creates everything from whimsical and colorful flowers from rubber and acrylic to elegant rhinestone creations. Basically, she is someone who has a hard time thinking inside the box.
In addition to making jewelry and selling supplies, Mary enjoys teaching at her local Maryland bead store, Bead Soup, as well as at other east coast bead stores for one day or weekend events. Her projects have been featured in special editions of Bead Stringing as well as Step by Step Wire magazine and she will be teaching at the Bead & Button show in Milwaukee, WI for the first time this year.
Website: www.melodymacduffee.com, Email: [email protected]
Melody MacDuffee has been making jewelry for several decades. Originally a crocheter, she discovered wire as a medium about fifteen years ago. Still in love with lace, she has continued to allow her crochet aesthetic to inform her wirework. Melody is the author of four books, three of them on wire-working. Melody has taught jewelry-making all over the United States and as far away as West Africa, where she co-founded a non-profit that provides paid training and steady jobs at a living wage for at-risk young people belonging to Ghana’s Krobo tribe.
Email: [email protected]
Nicole Patrice Dul experiments with mixed media in her art and jewelry. She enjoys combining processes and media and exploring new methods.
Nicole has been teaching art to adults and children for 11 years +. She is a graduate of Tyler School of Art, B.F.A and Pratt Institute, M.F.A. She is an active member of Third Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, Orchard Artworks, a Fine Art and Craft Cooperative in Bryn Athyn, PA and Cheltenham Print Guild, Cheltenham, PA. . She is co-founder and co-director of Star Wheel Printers, a Philadelphia printmaking collective. Nicole is also an entrepreneur who uses her creativity to revamp vintage lamps and home goods as Facelift Thrift LLC’s co-owner.
Website: www.nollysfolly.com, Email: [email protected]
Nolly Gelsinger took her first beadmaking class in July 2002 and has been working in this small art form ever since. Gelsinger says that immediacy of the form speaks to her—the span from concep to finished product can be as little as 8 hours. Refining an idea can take considerably longer, but it’s possible to imagine a bead while at the torch, execute the plan, and behold the finished creation as soon as the kiln cools.
Nolly finds the scrolling and sculpting techniques available in glass to be challenging and fulfilling. Her work includes many traditional bead patterns like dots and twists, Nolly finds herself returning to the romance of petals, leaves, tendrils and scrolls any time she’s working to find a new pattern or series.
Gelsinger’s finished designs have been included juried exhibits at home and in Japan.. She teaches beadmaking at Common Ground on the Hill in Westminster, MD and at The Glass Resort in Frederick, MD, and sells her work on at Off Track Art in Westminster, MD and regional juried craft shows. More information can be found at www.nollysfolly.com.
Gelsinger lives in Westminster with her family.
Email: [email protected]
Reena Brooks is a graduate of Tyler School of Art, B.F.A. Reena is constantly making something and there is always a project underway. Whether in her prints, jewelry or other wearable arts she loves creating layers and using vintage materials she has collected over the years. Her work embodies depth, discovery, and energy.
Reena Brooks has been in numerous juried shows and sells her art and wearables at arts festivals in the area and Orchard Artworks. She is currently the president of the Cheltenham Print Guild in Cheltenham, PA and a member of Star Wheel Printers.
Email: [email protected]
Sue Powell began a long love affair with beads in the 1970’s when she learned macramé. Beads were hard to find back then so she eventually turned to other forms of needlework, including, knit, crochet, cross stitch, and hand quilting. In 2002 Sue decided to learn bead embroidery to embellish a quilt, and rekindled her love of all things beady. Originally self-taught, Sue has since taken a variety of classes and learned several techniques. Sue has taught in a number of local bead shops in her area and also at Bead Fest Philadelphia. She designs samples and kits for a number of companies including, Twisted Sistah, Kabela Designs, Priscilla Beads, and Beads Mosaic. Her work can be seen in Just Around the Corner Gallery and Gifts in Easton Pa., and at the Innovative Beads Expo shows.