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Inspration Squad

Are you in need of inspiration? Looking for design ideas for those beads you've just purchased at your local bead shop? Look no further!

The BeadSmith Inspiration Squad is a carefully selected unit of highly trained and lethally talented bead artists from around the world who want nothing more than to inspire you to beading greatness! 


Need inspiration to create with all of the new bead shapes you've been seeing in your favorite bead shops? Our carefully selected group of Beadsmith Inspiration squaddies have had a go at creating with many of them.....Click Here
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america Leslie Rogalski - BeadSmith Creative Director   Seed Bead Specialist
Leslie is known for her passion and enthusiasm as a bead and jewelry artist, designer, and teacher. Recognized from regular appearances on Jewelry Television and Beads, Baubles, and Jewels, she also blogs, conducts workshops and exhibits at bead shows as Sleepless Beader and sells her original jewelry design kits at www.sleeplessbeader.com. The former editor in chief of Step by Step Beads and BeadingDaily.com, Leslie's projects and articles have been widely published in leading magazines and books and many books including the Lark 500 Beaded Jewelry Showcase. Her DoodleBeads(C) teaching method of drawing-before-your-eyes makes her workshops fun for all skill levels. Leslie has been a member of the several industry design teams, a former Swarovski Ambassador, and the author of "The Business of Beading," a regular column starting in 2014 in Bead & Button magazine. Craftsy.com launched her first online class, Essential Seed Bead Techniques, in July 2014. Leslie also sells her original finished jewelry at regional craft shows and to private clients. She lives outside Philadelphia, PA with her husband, illustrator Michael Rogalski, one fabulous daughter pursuing a career in musical theater, and two cats. She loves Disney World, pretzels, and really bad science fiction movies about mutant animals. Follow her as Sleepless Beader on Facebook, at www.sleeplessbeader.blogspot.com, and keep up with new designs and kits for sale, exhibitions, shows, and workshops at www.sleeplessbeader.com

TO SEE SOME OF LESLIE'S WORK CLICK HERE!

Julie

america Julie Romero   Jewelry Designer
JULIE ROMERO, french designer, was born in a family of artists and grew up in that atmosphere of creativity and love for handmade industry. Her different hobbies (couture, painting, soaping) gave way to beading and she’s never looked back. People noticed the jewelry she made for herself and her daughter, and after the Beadsmith invited her to the 2015 Bijorhca show in Paris her hobby became a full time job. With her brand registered and sales in several stores, she also worked for Marie Claire Idées & other renown magazines in France to introduce soutache embroidery to the public. Julie’s style is very influenced by her background and travels, with her diplomat father moving his family around Latin America. She says, “My jewelry is a mix of fashion and ethnicity. I like blending traditions in a modern twist with some ethnic touch and colorful lines.”.

TO SEE SOME OF JULIES'S WORK CLICK HERE!

anne

america Anne Dilker   Kumihimo Specialist
Anne came to jewelry design via ceramics. A studio art potter specializing in home decor for 25 years, she started making porcelain beads and pendants in 2002. A need to showcase her beads as finished pieces, along with no knowledge of traditional jewelry making techniques, lead her to the use of textile techniques in her designs. The interplay between the soft textiles and the hard surface of the beads, stones and metals creates a juxtaposition that she finds appealing.. And exploring the transition of textile techniques to jewelry design is one she finds endlessly intriguing. As a full-time independent artist Anne is fully committed to assisting other micro businesses and is developing a business series specifically for jewelry makers. A line of silk and nylon suitable for use in jewelry is under development with a local mill and her new Artifacts & Spirit of the Celts lines of bronze and silver jewelry design elements are being hand cast by a small art casting company here in the United States.

TO SEE SOME OF ANNE'S WORK CLICK HERE!

paul

america Paul Ricks   Ricks Beading Loom Specialist
Paul is the inventor of The Ricks Beading Loom, exclusively distributed by The BeadSmith. He has created many designs and kits to be made on his loom and is also a frequent guest on JTV's Jewel School. Paul frequently travels the country to present classes and demonstrations using his invention. The Ricks Beading Loom is the loom with only two threads to weave back in when your project is finished. The first chapter of "THE RICKS LOOMATIKS" has recently been founded in New Jersey and more are being started every day! Paul is a retired Police Officer (Deputy Chief of Police - Colorado Springs Police Department) and also a former professional musician. He and his wife, Charlene, (and their two cats) currently divide their time between their summer home in the beautiful Black Forest region of Colorado and their winter home in the desert of Casa Grande, Arizona.

TO SEE SOME OF PAUL'S WORK CLICK HERE!

amee

america Amee K. Sweet-McNamara   Soutache & Bead Embroidery Specialist
Ask Amee K. Sweet-McNamara why her fine-art jewelry business is called "Amee Runs with Scissors" and she usually just laughs and says, "Because it sounds a whole lot sexier than "Amee Eats Paste." Working out of her southern New Hampshire home, Sweet-McNamara makes one-of-a-kind pieces of wearable-art textile-jewelry using a technique called "Soutache & Bead Embroidery” which involves hand-stitching yards and yards of soutache braid and hundreds of tiny beads. She is inspired by curvilinear shapes and unexpected color-combinations wherever she discovers them; fine art, movies, architecture, advertising. Sweet-McNamara writes and teaches both private and group classes at venues across the country and is a proud member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen.

TO SEE SOME OF AMEE'S WORK CLICK HERE!

Apollinariya

slovenia Apollinariya Koprivnik     Jewelry Design Specialist
I am 25 years old student of architecture, young wife, quite an easy going person and I am obsessed with beads. Natively I was born in Russia, I am a real Siberian..sort of "beads are in my blood". I am writing my Master degree this year and cooperating with art store in our town, making tutorials and teaching people to explore beading and other techniques. Our small family lives in Slovenia, the city of Maribor, this beautifull country is full of inspiration. Nature, architecture, people..everything as a source for ideas. I am working in beading embroidery technique for three years, love to create interesting and rich color combinations, to try new shapes and to explore new materials and techniques. I never make a sketch for an artwork, the idea comes by itself, during the work. All ideas are spontaneous and always the material is the one that helps me to make the right decision.

TO SEE SOME OF APOLLINARIYA'S WORK CLICK HERE!

Eva

slovenia Eva Dobos   Jewelry Design Specialist
Eva Dobos is a Hungarian Bead Artist best known for her numerous intricate beaded beads and rings. A self-taught beader whose unique designs has earned her a spot as a renowned teacher in her country as well as abroad and been featured in countless magazines and exhibitions. Her work has participated in many competitions, with her most recent entry finishing in the top 6 of The Battle of the Beadsmith 2013. She started to make jewellery in 1992. Has been teaching since 2004 when she published her first book and instructions for a magazine. Since then she has her own pages in that magazine and published more then 65 instructions so far. She had a lot of extremely talented students over the years, who are now teachers and well known artists themselves recognized by the beading community around the globe! She uses almost every beading techniques and combines them within her pieces as well as materials – she loves experiencing, incorporating new and strange materials into her jewellery.

TO SEE SOME OF EVA'S WORK CLICK HERE!

Linda

america Linda Roberts    Jewelry Design Specialist
In 2003 I retired as a corporate controller, sold my home and bought an RV. I settled on beading as a hobby that I could take with me as I traveled around the country. I am a self taught beader and enjoy creating designs with bead weaving and bead embroidery. I have learned a variety of other skills including glass fusing, polymer clay, kumihimo, bead looming and metal work. I love diversity! In 2013 I returned to San Diego, CA where I currently live. I teach beading classes at a local bead shop and I started a beading group in the 55+ park where I live. I love helping others learn how to bead. I have had my designs and patterns published in Beadwork and Perlen Poesie magazines and have participated in the Battle of the Beadsmith since inception. I sell my beadwork, tutorials and kits in my Etsy and Artfire shops as My Heart Beads For You/BeadsForever

TO SEE SOME OF LINDA'S WORK CLICK HERE!

Sigi

slovenia Sigi Contreras    Jewelry Design Specialist
Sigi Contreras lives in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Sigi started making jewelry as a hobby but eventually it became a full time job and he has been doing it for almost 10 years. His favorite techniques are bead embroidery and peyote stitch, but he loves to explore and use every single technique he knows, and learn new ones everytime he can. He also loves working with polymer clay and makes most of the cabochons in his projects. Mixed media projects are his favorites and most of the time he includes more than one technique in his designs. You can visit his gallery at Puerto Vallarta`s downtown. Contact Sigi through his facebook page www.facebook.com/SigiContreras

TO SEE SOME OF SIGI'S WORK CLICK HERE!

Kerstin

slovenia Kerstin Kallin    Crown Design Specialist
Kerstin Kallin lives in Stockholm, Sweden with her husband and two small children. Kerstins speciality is crowns for brides, an old swedish tradition. The first crown she made was for her own wedding in 2007, and she was immediately hooked. Since then, she has started to make other kinds of jewelry as well and has started her own company named Kronbruden, www.thecrownbride.com. The biggest source of inspiration is nature and plants, and her jewelry often has soft curves rather than strict lines. She excels in wirework, but she works in many different techniques as well, from silversmithing to stitched jewelry with seed beads. The materials are often sterling silver, freshwater pearls and glass beads of high quality. There is always an interest to learn more about new techniques and expand the knowledge of the familiar ones.

TO SEE SOME OF KERSTIN'S WORK CLICK HERE!

Miriam

slovenia Miriam Shimon    Soutache Specialist
Miriam Shimon is an award winning Israeli bead work artist with a penchant for working with Soutache. Born and raised in Denmark she now lives in Israel where she regularly teaches jewelery making and soutache workshops. She has been published in several books and magazines, and won numerous awards for her work around the world. You can follow her blog at //www.cielodesign.blogspot.com.

TO SEE SOME OF MIRIAM'S WORK CLICK HERE!

Betty

america Betty Stephan   Bead Embroidery Specialist
Betty Stephan's mom was a seamstress and taught Betty and each of her 4 sisters how to sew at an early age. It wasn't until she was in her 50's that Betty combined this skill with the art of beadwork in the form of bead embroidery. After retiring from her "real” job as an aide to special needs preschool children in 2005, she became a full time bead artist. You can find Betty travelling throughout the US with her husband in their RV and exhibiting her intricate pieces at fine craft shows during the summers. During the winter, you will find her in her "dungeon” madly beading away- warm and toasty and shielded from the heavy western New York snows. Her work was published in "Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry” as well as being pictured on the cover. She has won numerous international awards and contests and her designs have been published in Bead and Button, Beadwork, and Ornament magazines. Betty participated in both 2012 and 2013 Battle of the Beadsmith.

TO SEE SOME OF BETTY'S WORK CLICK HERE!

Helena

singapore Helena Tang-Lim    Jewelry Design Specialist
Helena Tang-Lim started beaded in the mid-1990s so that she could make a pair of beaded shoes for herself. And from there, a passion for the colourful, glittering little balls of glass and crystal was born. A predominantly self-taught artist, Helena specializes in tiny seed beads using many off-loom techniques to create colourful, exquisite beaded creations. After leaving a fulfilling and rewarding career managing an eyewear distribution company, Helena decided to fulfil her dreams to have a career in beading. She now spends her time "painting” with her beads to create beaded jewellery and objects. Her work in beaded wearables often resemble fine haute joaillerie which she loves. Inspired by the colours and cultures of her adopted country of Singapore, many of her works incorporate accents and nuances of her people and races.

TO SEE SOME OF HELENA'S WORK CLICK HERE!

Melissa

america Melissa Cable    Mixed Media Jewelry Design Specialist
Melissa Cable is a mixed media jewelry artist, instructor and author who thrives on developing new designs and techniques with traditional and non-traditional materials, from metal, leather, and plastics to wood, clay and found objects. She is fascinated by the translation of techniques between materials and shares this love with students in her workshops around the world. Melissa enjoys documenting her experiments on her blog, Create Recklessly. She is the author of Spotlight on Wire (2011), Metal Jewelry in Bloom (2013) and Beautiful Leather Jewelry (2014) and her work has been featured in Art Jewelry, BeadStyle, Stringing Magazine, Wirework Magazine, Step-by-Step Wire and Showcase 500 Art Necklaces. In addition to creating her own products under her Create Recklessly brand, Melissa serves as a consulting design for Faux Bone and is on the design team for Patrik Kusek's Woodland Chic. She resides in the Greater Seattle area, where she calls Fusion Beads her teaching home. When she is not chasing after her young daughter and son, she might be found writing, running or rambling.

TO SEE SOME OF MELISSA'S WORK CLICK HERE!

Denisa

czech Denisa Kangas   Bead Embroidery Specialist
Denisa Kangas has been beading for 5 years. She was born and lives in the Czech Republic with her American husband and two little children. Even though her country is famous for beads, she was introduced to their beauty by her American mother in law. In her busy mom life, she still finds time for her passion : beading. Her favorite technique is bead embroidery, because it is like painting with beads. She enjoys designing beaded works of art as well as every day accessories. Denisa has won or was placed in top positions in several beading contests.

TO SEE SOME OF DENISA'S WORK CLICK HERE!

Akke

america Akke Jonkhof    Jewelry Design Specialist
I live with my family (husband and three teenagers) in a small village in Holland.  I've always been a creative person but when I discovered jewelry making in 2007 I became addicted in an instant. This addiction intensified over the years as I began working with tiny beads. In regards to creating jewelry, I'm basically self-taught. All I know, I learned from books and the internet.  I love playing with tiny shimmery things and discovering new structures and color combinations from which I can create nice jewelry. In general, the structures of my jewelry are simple with just a few types of beads in them.  At the moment, I am challenged by all the new forms of beads that are currently on the market. I love to discover all of their possibilities! About three years ago, I started blogging & posting pictures of my beadwork online at //www.akkesieraden.nl  and in late 2012 I started an Etsy shop (www.akkesieraden.etsy.com) to sell patterns of my creations. 
In addition to my bead-related work, I also work for 18 hours a week in health care for disabled people.

TO SEE SOME OF AKKE'S WORK CLICK HERE!

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america Laura Graham   Beadweaving Specialist
Laura studied and worked in the art and photography field from a very young age until being diagnosed with Lupus in 2007. Making jewelry became her way of coping with the disease, and now she is an award-winning designer and practices beadweaving therapy every day. The creative and technical aspects, the new two-hole beads as well as the endless possibilities keep her very busy and creativity flowing. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband, has an Etsy shop, and has started teaching her designs. You can reach her at desertstarcreations.etsy.com or at laura@desertstarcreations.com.

TO SEE SOME OF LAURA'S WORK CLICK HERE!

Ella

america Ella "The Admiral" Des   Jewelry Design Specialist
Ella Des is a self-taught bead artist from Belgrade, Serbia. She always loved sewing, knitting, and painting, but didn’t think she could find success with her creativity. So she worked in marketing and PR, but eventually decided to leave the rat race and sail around the world with her husband. As a self-proclaimed “Admiral,” she is now living and working on her yacht, where she has reconnected with her creative passion. Ella started to design beaded jewelry, working mainly with seed beads and using many off-loom techniques. She wrote her skedfirst step-by-step tutorial with pictures, because a friend a her how to make a bracelet. Since then, Ella has created more than 200 designs with tutorials. She has her own Etsy shop and web site, http://ellad2.com.

TO SEE SOME OF ELLA'S WORK CLICK HERE!

Carolyn

canada Carolyn Cave   Beadwork Specialist
A self-taught bead artist living in Alberta, Carolyn enjoys the endless creativity derived from stringing and stitching “little round shiny things with holes in them”. This is both a frustrating and exhilarating way to fill in the spare moments of her very full days as a wife, mother of three young ladies, and musician. Creativity has always played a large role in her life, from sewing clothes for Barbie at a young age, to experimenting with a wide variety of arts and crafts; from earning a Degree in Music and playing several instruments, to making jewellery. Her creations are inspired by a wide variety of things – the colours and shapes of the natural world, works of vintage and antique beaded art, the encouraging comments of her family, and the many hours spent “composing” with needle, beads and thread. Her work has been published in Bead and Button and Beadwork magazines, and she has been a winner in multiple categories of BeadStar every year since 2011. Her first book, Beautiful Designs with SuperDuos and Twin Beads, was released by Kalmbach in November. You can see some of Carolyn’s work on her Facebook page, Lady Beadle Designs.

TO SEE SOME OF CAROLYN'S WORK CLICK HERE!

Isabella

canada Isabella Lam   Beadwork Specialist
Isabella Lam started beading in 2009, living and working in Israel. Beadwork became her profession over the years; creating new designs of beaded jewelry using new beads in unique combinations is always an opportunity for challenge. She enjoys sharing her passion and love for beads and inspiring her students to share her love of jewelry making. As a leading beadwork designer her fans all over the world have the opportunity to learn and create many of her off-loom projects. Isabella believes that if you are interested in giving beads a try, she will help you create elegant and unique beadwork jewelry which will most certainly get you noticed. You can find over 100 different kits and over 120 tutorials in different levels from beginner to advance. Visit www.isabellalam.com or https://www.etsy.com/shop/bead4me.

TO SEE SOME OF ISABELLA'S WORK CLICK HERE!

katie

canada Katie Dean   Beadwork Specialist
Katie Dean lives just outside London, in the UK. She stumbled upon beads entirely by accident back in 2003, whilst she was on long-term sick leave from her job as a management consultant. She is a self-taught artist who began with French Beading, before moving on to off-loom bead-weaving and she still enjoys both styles today. The beading began as a therapy, helping her through her illness, but soon turned into a passion. Katie has reached the finals of beading competitions in the UK and internationally, winning ‘Best in Show’ at the British Bead Awards in 2010. In 2012 the beading changed from a hobby into a full-time job. She published her first book (‘Sweet Treats’) that year. Seven more (and counting!) have followed. Katie has also been published in numerous beading magazines, including Beadwork, Bead and Button, Perlen Poesie and Bead and Jewellery Magazine. In 2014 she was invited to become editor of Bead and Jewellery Magazine, working freelance alongside her existing teaching, writing and designing. You can find Katie’s patterns and teaching schedule at www.beadflowers.co.uk. Or if you’re curious about beading in general, her blog, www.myworldofbeads.com will give you all the information you ever wanted!

TO SEE SOME OF KATIE'S WORK CLICK HERE!

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flag Nealay Patel   Beadwork Specialist
Experimenting should never be limited to any one area of creativity. Nealay exercises his craft in designing, educating and publishing his jewelry works. His first book, Jewelry for the New Romantic, explored the concept of integrating beading wire in with bead weaving to create unique jewelry pieces with unusual textures and set a milestone in his checklist of accomplishments. This book opened many new opportunities for Nealay, including regularly contributing to several beading magazines (nationally and internationally) and even making television appearances on Beads, Baubles and Jewels and Jewel School on the Jewelry Television network. He has also had the privilege in instructing many workshops at noted trade shows, such as Bead&Button and Bead Fest. Aside from his dedication to the publication industry, Nealay enjoys teaching, and even learning, from his local bead community in his home town of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Nealay’s interest for the creative arts does not end at just jewelry. His passion for creating original works is utilized as a full time art director for a noted design firm in the heart of Tulsa booming arts district. Be my friend on Facebook: facebook.com/nealay, Visit my site: nealaypatel.com

TO SEE SOME OF NEALAY'S WORK CLICK HERE!

Christina

flag Christina Neit   Beadwork Specialist
Christina Neit, aka Good Quill Hunting, is a born-and-bred Mainer and proud parent of four children. Growing up in a self-sufficient home where she learned needlework at a very young age, she specializes in unique statement jewelry made using gemstones, crystals, and seed beads, with a passion for Vintage components. She enjoys incorporating unique textures and fibers, when possible, like metal stampings, porcupine quills and horsehair. She’s been teaching the art of beadwork, designing, creating and vending at various venues for ten years. Chris, Dave and their three dogs currently make their home near Denver, Colorado. She has been published in Bead Trends, Perlen Posie, Bead Unique and Beadwork Magazine where she was one of the Designers of the Year 2014.

TO SEE SOME OF CHRISTINA'S WORK CLICK HERE!

maria

flag Maria Rypan   Beadweaving Specialist
Maria Rypan is an international designer, instruction book publisher and educator since 1995 with work featured in many beadwork publications. She is a recognized expert on ‘gerdany’, Ukrainian-style of beading. Her specialties are netting, unique beadweaving and loomwork. Maria enjoys traveling to Europe for research and inspiration in all its forms. Born in the USA, she currently resides in Canada with her husband. Maria is a designer with a BA in Art and Diploma in Merchandising. She has a proven track record for initiating and developing private and branded products and programs from concept to market. All-inclusive RYPAN DESIGNS kits were launched in 1999. She joined the faculty of CraftArtEdu in 2014. Maria has a strong international presence through teaching, doing shows and visual presentations on global folk arts. She shares her enthusiasm for beadwork and creativity in rypandesigns.blogspot.ca and her monthly newsletter. Check latest kit styles, event details, downloadable patterns and link to her blog, Facebook, newsletters at www.rypandesigns.com

TO SEE SOME OF MARIA'S WORK CLICK HERE!

Jayashree

flag Jayashree Paramesh   Beadweaving Specialist
I was introduced to the world of beads through a bead embroidery class I took while a student at Parsons, The New School for Design, New York. I enjoyed the class but did not pursue beading until a few years ago. After seeing beaded jewelry in a magazine, my interest in beading was re-ignited! Now, I love making beaded jewelry. I look everywhere for inspiration and then create from within. My designs are more about my desire to bring out the unique beauty of the beads and the woman, rather than having a signature style. That being said, I am inspired by fine jewelry and I love to use some gold or silver in my pieces. Sparkly crystals and gemstones in jewel-tones are my favorites. My designs have been published in Perlen Poesie, Beadwork and Bead and Button. I have taught at the Bead and Button Show 2013, 2014 and 2015 and will be teaching again next year. I have been teaching locally and nationally for a while and it is a very gratifying experience for me to share my designs with fellow bead enthusiasts. To see more of my work, please visit https://www.etsy.com/shop/Nchantme. I also update my blog regularly about my new design inspirations and photos at http://blog.nchantme.com/.

TO SEE SOME OF JAYASHREE'S WORK CLICK HERE!

Amykatz

flag Amy Katz   Seed Bead Specialist
Amy Katz has been part of the world of seed beads since 1993 as a student, teacher and designer. Her admiration for high-end jewelry pieces is her inspiration. As her commitment to her own designs grew, Amy made the decision to give them a fine jewelry look using seed beads, crystals, pearls and other elegant materials. Using imagination, this vision has come to life as her signature style. Amy is a national teacher with a passion for sharing her love of the work. She is also the co-author of Beading Across America and author of Seed Bead Chic.

TO SEE SOME OF AMY'S WORK CLICK HERE!

Phylis

flag Phyllis Dintenfass    Seed Bead Specialist
Phyllis Dintenfass has been working with beads for several decades, stringing, weaving, and embroidering. She is inspired by the beads themselves and enjoys designing jewelry that’s unique and fun to both create and wear. She has been the featured artist in several national magazines, as well as a contributor. Phyllis has inspired some contemporary artists and her work has been included in various beading books. Her work has been in juried shows and on display in Europe and Japan. She has taught from coast to coast and continues to welcome invitations to both teach and design custom pieces. Her website is www.phylart.com.

TO SEE SOME OF PHYLLIS'S WORK CLICK HERE!

Carol Dean Sharpe

flag Carol Dean Sharpe   Peyote Stitch Cuff Design Specialist
Carol Dean Sharpe (aka Sand Fibers) is a self-taught bead artist who is best known for her flat peyote cuff work. She aims for designs that are accessible for many different types of women, from the young college student who just wants playful adornments to the business woman who needs accessories that will go from business to dinner. She has been published in Step-by-Step Beads as well as in Perlen Poesie. Her work has also been featured in books by American, British, and German bead artists. While Carol Dean can be found happily beading and designing in her New Mexico home, her extensive and ever-growing library of patterns (and the occasional kit) can be found at http://sandfibers.etsy.com

TO SEE SOME OF CAROL'S WORK CLICK HERE!

paulette

flag Paulette Baron   Seed Bead Specialist
After earning her Fine Arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University, Paulette became a graphic designer, but found her true calling when she discovered beading. Paulette is known for creating three-dimensional sculptural pieces of art featuring different sizes and shapes of beads, using a variety of bead-weaving stitches. Paulette has three pieces featured in the Lark book "Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry: Photographs of Beautiful Contemporary Beadwork", August 2012. Her Autumnal Floral Necklace was in the exhibit “Bead” at the Greater Reston Arts Center in January of 2015, which also featured beadwork by Joyce Scott and David Chatt. Her published works include “Beading Across America: A Jewelry Inspirations from Coast to Coast”, 2011, Kalmbach Publishing with Sherry Serafini and Amy Katz. She also illustrated “Seed Bead Chic” by Amy Katz, 2014, Lark Books. In addition to teaching around her home base of Washington, D.C., Paulette teaches at several national bead shows and bead stores around the U.S. View Paulette’s work at www.paulettebaron.com

TO SEE SOME OF PAULETTE'S WORK CLICK HERE!

liz thompson

flag Bianca van der Molen   Jewelry Design Specialist
About ten years ago I came in contact with beads, during a small workshop at my job. Since then I was completely hooked on the beads. Over the years I taught myself to bead, from “just” stringing (with a bit of wirewrapping) beads, bead embroidery and then to beadweaving! I just love it that you can make the most intricate but yet simple jewelry by just weaving the beads with different techniques. At the end of 2012 I began writing my first tutorial Star of Kallista (and opened my etsystore www.biancmolendesigns.etsy.com ). I’ve made several more since then and was published in two magazines in 2014. At my website you can also find a few free tutorials (www.biancmolendesigns.com).

TO SEE SOME OF BIANCA'S WORK CLICK HERE!

Erika Sandor

flag Erika Sandor   Jewelry Design Specialist
I am a jewelry designer, a writer and a passionate traveler and adventurer. A gypsy spirit: longing to see all the close and distant corners of the world and transform the impressions into beaded and written memories. At the age of 29 I sold my successful bead-shop in Bratislava, Slovakia. I returned to my roots – art, creativity and traveling. I design one-of-a-kind art jewelry. The necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings and headpieces are inspired by foreign cultures, special places, persons, feelings and much more. You can follow my work at thestorytellingtutorials.com. Looking forward to see you there!

TO SEE SOME OF ERIKA'S WORK CLICK HERE!

Diana Shiraishi

flag Diana Shiraishi    Jewelry Design Specialist
Diana Miglionico-Shiraishi began her creative life as a floral designer for her mother’s flower shop, where color, texture and design remained an inspiration into jewelry making. Her many world travels led her to Japan where she discovered the art of kumihimo, the “gathering of threads” that so clearly brings all her skills together in this ancient technique. Diana’s Jasmine Tea Designs fulfills her vision for an intimate boutique of handcrafted beaded jewelry and kumihumo. Her designs reflect the inspiration she finds in nature, art, and memories from her childhood. Visit her web site www. Jasmine tea designs.com and shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/JasmineTeaDesigns.

TO SEE SOME OF DIANA'S WORK CLICK HERE!

Raquel Cruz

flag Raquel Cruz    Macramé Specialist
Raquel Cruz is a macramé artist, graphic designer, and the author of the book Micro-macramé Basics and Beyond. She is known for her exquisite micro macramé, and her skills as a graphic designer empower her to create illustrated tutorials which she sells on Etsy along with finished works: www.etsy.com/shop/RaquelsBeaDesigns.

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Joanne Zammit

flag JOANNE ZAMMIT    Jewelry Design Specialist
Joanne had her first training in colour and design in the early 1990′s whilst studying Interior Design and discovered beading some 10 years later. She instantly fell in love with the world of beads and over the years has continuously added to her skills, supplementing self-teaching with workshop instruction in various techniques. Joanne’s work is mostly inspired by the sea and by her home, the Mediterranean Island of Malta. Joanne participated in the Battle Of The Beadsmith in 2014 and again in 2015 when she reached the Final. She was awarded Malta's National Artisan Award for 2014. Find Joanne at www.joannezammit.com

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Kim Newman

flag Kimberly Newman   Wire Jewelry Specialist
Kim has been the owner of Kim’s Creative Designs bead shop in her home town of Urbana Ohio since 2007 but has been beading seriously since 1995. Kim loves every aspect of beading from weaving, to stringing, to her favorite--wire working. Kim’s designs have been published in Just Steampunk magazine, Just Jewelry magazine, multiple issues of Step By Step Wire Jewelry magazine, the on line e-zine The Pixelated Palette, and has recently submitted her work to the Bead Dreams competition. There is a saying painted on the wall of Kim’s classroom that reads, “Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” With the help of her husband and two boys, Kim has been able to follow her dreams.

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Susan Sassoon

flag Susan Sassoon   Jewelry Design Specialist
Susan Sassoon is an architect, wife and mother living in New York. She has always had a passion for art, but just began her beading journey in 2011. She began with stringing and beadweaving but has experience with many different jewelry making techniques including chain maille, soutache, bead embroidery, macrame, and wirework. Susan is constantly inspired by beads and has a passion for creating her own designs, for which she often writes patterns. Her work has been published in Bead Style, Beadwork, and Bead and Button Magazines. The best way to keep up with her is on her Facebook page www.Facebook.com/SoSassybySusanSassoon or her Etsy shop, www.Etsy.com/shop/SoSassySusanSassoon .

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Sherri Stokey

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Sherri Stokey is an admitted jewelry junky and slight perfectionist with a slightly obsessive personality. Both can be great qualities in a micro macrame artist! She’s married with two grown children and one adorable grandson. Sherri creates jewelry pieces using macramé techniques, knotting small cords, seed beads and other decorative embellishments. into wearable pieces of art. She first tried macramé back in the 1970s when plant hangers and owls were all the rage, then picked it up again about 8 years ago and hasn't stopped since. After learning some of the basic knots, she began creating her own patterns as well as tutorials.
With a history of exploring arts and crafts going all the way back to her childhood when she "helped" in her grandmother's ceramic shop, Sherri has a varied background. She has tried her hand at many different mediums including cross-stitch, cake decorating, candle making and stained glass. She’s self-taught and has branched out into other areas of jewelry making like bead embroidery and bead weaving, but macramé knotting is her hands-down favorite.

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Sherri Stokey

flag Diane Whiting   Jewelry Design Specialist
Diane Whiting is an award-winning designer and National teacher who has been creating and teaching innovative jewelry and accessories featuring SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS for more than 10 years. She specializes in off-loom bead weaving with crystals and seed beads and is thoroughly enjoying incorporating Tru-2 Fire Polish into her latest designs.
Diane began her beading career making crystal purses, which have won multiple awards, including 1st place in Swarovski’s design competition. Her work has been published in BeadStyle, Wirework, Bead & Button, Step-By-Step Beads, Bead Design Studio and as a featured designer in the inaugural issue of Swarovski’s CREATE YOUR STYLE magazine “Water”. Her first book: Convertible Crystal Jewelry, explores a variety of techniques to make jewelry wearable in multiple ways.

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We remain grateful for the generosity and creativity of Inspiration Squad members who step aside to pursue other endeavors.
Many thanks to Nancy Dale, Cynthia Newcomer Daniel, Kinga Nichols, Kris Empting-Obenland, Ioana Sava, Liz Thompson
and Beth Stone for sharing your talents with us, and good luck on your new paths.

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