Last week, I had the opportunity to travel to a much warmer climate – I went to Mexico! This was my first time visiting the country and it is just beautiful. It is very much like the paradise I imagined!!
I stayed in Playa del Carmen just south of Cancun. Of course, I went to the beach and did a few touristy excursions (Tulum, Xel-Ha, and snorkeling in Cozumel), but I also did a little shopping on 5th Avenue. Anyone who has already been there knows this is not easy. Bargaining is the name of the game, and everyone is trying to sell you something whether you need it or not. I was shopping for local handmade goods. I found quite a few shops selling many beaded jewelry items! I asked permission to take this photo of some beaded bracelets I saw:
Women who live in the tiny villages of Mexico make this beaded jewelry to support themselves and their families. Any purchase you make helps support the local economy, and is greatly appreciated. So, of course I picked up a few bracelets to take home. Which one do you like best?
On your next visit to Mexico, stop and look at the beadwork. Perhaps you will find something special to take home, too:)
Posted in beadwork, bracelets, travel
Tagged Bead Art, beaded, Beads, beadweaving, Beadwork, Jewelry, Mexico, Peyote stitch, Shopping, Travel
There is a new pair of earrings for sale in my Etsy shop!
Beaded Bichon-Frise doggie face earrings. I used Japanese size 15 seed beads and tiny glass doll eyes. They hang on sterling silver fish hooks, but they could also be made as studs..
How do they look?
Posted in animals, beadwork, dogs, earrings, etsy
Tagged Bead embroidery, beaded, beading, Beadwork, Bichon-Frise, Dogs, earrings, Etsy, Lucille Ball, Pets, Seed Beads
Well, it took me a few months, but I finally finished my beaded painting! This piece is entitled Majestic, named after the Boston theatre of the same name. Perhaps you have walked past this alley many times without noticing it..
Bead embroidery on canvas.. 20″ x 24″.
This piece features a bead-embroidered Peterbilt semi truck w/American Bulldog. Materials used in this piece include: metal & glass seed beads, Swarovski crystals, sterling silver, wire, leather cord, felt, & acrylics.. The truck measures approx. 10″ x 10″, and the entire piece measures 20″ x 24″. Beadwork was hand-stitched to a painted canvas, as well as bits of wire, leather, beaded rats, beaded cigarette butts, and one beaded pigeon. (Can you find him?)
This piece will eventually be listed for sale in my Etsy shop.. Until then, I have posted detail photos of this piece on my website.. Thanks for looking!!
Posted in bead embroidery, Boston, dogs, fiber art, painting, trucks
Tagged American, Bead embroidery, beaded, Beadwork, Boston, Dogs, Fiber Art, Mixed media, Theatre, USA
Today, I am pleased to announce the arrival of my official mobile app! Get this free app on your iPhone, Blackberry, or Android smartphone to stay up to date on all of my latest beading news! Click the beaded cheeseburger iPhone icon (above) from your phone. Select ‘Add to Home Screen’. Enter ‘Lone Beader’ as the title. OR click the beaded cheeseburger icon from your iPad or home computer, and enter your email address for the direct link to this app. Please note that you must open the link from your phone to get this app.
And, if you have pre-ordered an iPhone 5, I have created a new case just for you! Click the cheeseburger iPhone case above to view all electronics accessories now available in my Zazzle shop. These cases feature fun prints of my beaded artwork. More beaded cheeseburger items coming soon! That’s the news for now. Thanks for your interest in my beadwork! :p
Posted in mobile app, zazzle
Tagged Android, Bead embroidery, beaded, beading, Beadwork, Blackberry, IPad, iPhone, Mobile application development, Mobile phone, Seed Beads, Zazzle
Finally, a quick pic from Friday night’s reception at the Cambridge Art Association’s 11th National Prize Show! What a fantastic event and what an honor it is to be a part of the show!
Also, for the first time, the Cambridge Art Association allowed artists to take out an advertisement in their full-color exhibition booklet. All proceeds support the Cambridge Art Association, so I decided to take advantage of the opportunity. I designed my own ad! How does it look?
If you happen to be in Harvard Square during the month of June, I hope you’ll stop by the Kathryn Schultz Gallery to check out my beaded M1 Abrams military tank, entitled ‘Imminence of War’. Please check the Cambridge Art Association‘s website for hours and directions. The show runs through July 5th, 2012. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork!
Posted in advertisements, CAA, current exhibition, exhibits, galleries
Tagged Army, Art exhibition, Bead embroidery, beaded, Beadwork, Boston, Boston artist, Cambridge, Cambridge Art Association, Harvard Square, military, Mixed media