Fourth of July Sale on Etsy & Amazon!

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Dear friends, I am running a Fourth of July sale on Amazon and Etsy! Get 15% off the purchase of any item, including made to order beaded dog jewelry and pet portraits. Enter coupon code 4THJULY16 at checkout. Shipping is free on most items within the USA. Coupon is valid now through July 5, 2016. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork and have a Happy Independence Day!:)

Huichol Bead Art of Mexico

Dear friends, last month I traveled to Playa del Carmen, Mexico. This was my 3rd visit to the country. For those who have never had the opportunity to go to Mexico, I highly recommend visiting the Yucatan peninsula. This area is full of nature, handcrafted art, adventure, fish tacos, relaxation, and fun in the sun. For those who haven’t been there, I thought I would share a few photos of some beautiful beaded artwork I discovered along the way.

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On my last night in Mexico, I visited Tierra Huichol, a gorgeous shop on 5th Avenue. This shop carries colorful hand beaded artwork made by indigenous Huichol (pronounced Wee-Chol) artists from the Pacific coast states of Jalisco and Nayarit. I had the opportunity to speak with the shop owner, Carlos, and he told me a little about the craft.

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The Huichol people use mainly Czech glass seed beads because Japanese seed beads are just too perfect. First, an animal figure is covered with beeswax, then tiny glass beads are imbedded into the wax one by one to create these amazing designs. One of the main concerns is that over time, the wax may harden and some beads may fall off. I was told they are in search of a manmade material (similar to beeswax) which they can use to help reduce bead loss.

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I think the most impressive thing about this art form is that the artist does not use a  drawing or outline to follow. They simply use their incredible artistic vision and creativity to create one of a kind pieces.

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I was given the chart above to learn about all of the symbols which can be found in the artwork. Then I shopped around for awhile, and I found a small beaded gourd to purchase. This piece features images of the Peyote flower and the Deer.

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The next time you visit Mexico, look for Huichol bead art in small tourist shops and at the airport. These artworks are affordable and easy to pack in your suitcase, so find one you would like to bring home. Your purchase will help support the culture and livelihood of a very gifted group of artists!:)

Opening Reception @ University Place Gallery

Dear friends, here are a few pics from Thursday night’s opening reception for Cambridge Art Association‘s small group show, Between Abstraction and Reality.

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February 18March 10, 2016.

Presented at University Place Gallery. 124 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge, MA  02138.

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Featuring artwork by Michael Bogdanow, The Lone Beader, Youngsheen A. Jhe, Jeff Melzack, Nancy Morgan..

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Stop by and check out my beaded Radio City painting in the flesh!

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Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00am to 6:00pm • Saturday 9:00am to 1:00pm

Park at University Place Garage or Take the T to Harvard Square:) 

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Closing Reception:  March 10, 6-8pm

This event is free and open to the public. I hope to see you there:)

 

Bead Embroidery Artist of the Week!

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Dear friends, I am thrilled to be Cambridge Art Association‘s Artist of the Week! Read this interview to learn more about me! Also, you are cordially invited to attend Between Abstraction and Reality, a small group show hosted by the Cambridge Art Association! I will be exhibiting 14 of my beaded paintings and artwork at this show – for 3 weeks only!

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February 18 – March 10, 2016.

Presented at University Place Gallery…124 Mt. Auburn St. Cambridge MA 02138.

Opening reception: Thursday, February 25, 6-8pm.

Closing reception: Thursday, March 10, 6-8pm.

“The exhibit will have a refreshing range o diversity in techniques, as well as a strong common denominator: playful, colorful imagery that falls in a mid-point between abstraction and reality, often touching on fantasy while retaining a grounding in reality. All of the artists use – and alter-  life imagery as a springboard to express their views.”

Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00am to 6:00pm  •  Saturday 9:00am to 1:00pm

Take the T to Harvard Square..
Free and Open to the Public. Hope to see you there!

Help Promote The Lone Beader!

Want to help promote The Lone Beader‘s bead embroidered dog jewelry and pet portraits? Display this printable flyer at your arts & crafts store, pet care business, animal rescue center, or veterinarian’s office! Post a photo of this flyer with a furry friend on my Facebook page, and I will list your business on my website. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork!:)

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Beaded Jewelry Set

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Dear friends, I am busy working on some new designs for this year. The first one came to me as a custom order for beaded tricolor Cavalier King Charles Spaniel drop earrings and matching pin pendant. The earrings measure about 1″ x 1″ and hang from a sterling silver earring which features a clear Swarovski crystal bead. Earrings and pin pendant are listed as made to order on Etsy and Amazon Handmade. These can also be made in Blenheim, Ruby, and Black & Tan colors upon request. Please follow me on Instagram or Facebook to see what I make next. Thanks for looking!:)

Bead Embroidered Basset Hound Brooch

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Dear friends, a new beaded Basset Hound pin pendant is now available for sale in my Amazon Handmade store. This pin was created by stitching tiny glass seed beads to felt 2-3 at a time. The dog’s floppy ears were beaded in a peyote stitch to add movement and realism. Ears measure approx. 2cm long – they actually move when you touch them! Seed beads were also layered over the dog’s body to accentuate his wrinkles:) A 1″ pin is sewn to the back, as well as a custom made bail. Pins are backed with Ultrasuede & signed by The Lone Beader. This item is ready-to-ship.

And, for a limited time, I am offering FREE SHIPPING within the USA on the purchase of any beaded dog pin, pendant, or jewelry item on both Amazon and Etsy. If you are interested in a custom beaded dog pin or portrait, please use the Contact form above. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork!:)