Bead Fest, bead swap, bead abundance.

When I left for Philadelphia Saturday morning, with Marsha of Marsha Neal Studio, I had the best laid bloggy plans. We were headed to Beadfest. I wanted to take pictures of inspirational items, gorgeous gems, beautiful beads, and the people…Here is all I managed: 

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Once there – it was a frenzy of shopping, familiar faces, chatting, shopping… Such a great day! And the camera stayed in my pocket. Oh well. I can show you the loot, and there is some loot…

A highlight of the day was the Bead Swap organized by Diana of Suburban Girl Studio. This wasnt about a contest, or a challenge, or a blog entry – it was simply a great way to meet, and share the beady goodness with friends old and new! My new friend and swap partner was Meredith Arnold – a very talented and humorous lady! I crashed her class and got a handful of her gorgoeus polymer beads! They are a bit of a challenge as I am a gemstone junkie, but I already am starting to have some ideas!

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Then there is the shopping, the loot, the treasure. Lets start with artist beads, shall we? 

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goedes and fossils

Geode slices and fossilezed starfish!

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Amazonite, calcedony, mystery gem, sapphire!!!, kyanite. 

loot 2

Moonstone, calcedony (?) and yes, more moonstone…

gems loot

Apatite, mystery gem, amethyst, smoky quartz, rutilated quartz, moonstone, lapis, garnet, labradorite, amazonite. 

I know. I bought quite a bit. I get dazzled by the gemstones in all their glory. But I am officially doing Art on the Avenue in October as a “jewelry/mixed media” artist. Meaning I am juried in for jewelry, a coveted spot, and I am allowed to bring tiles and shrines as well. So excited!

After the shopping and swapping marathon – time for a little wine and conversation! The large group of us settled in at Legal Seafoods, and had a great evening! I thoroughly enjoyed getting to meet and chat with people whose work I admire, people who were inspirational/influential to me when I began making ceramic beads, people whose blogs I read regularly. Thank you all, it was a pleasure!

candid camera

Candid camera with Lorelei Eurto and Diane Hawkey. (Elaine Ray and Cynthia Deis look on…)

dinner 1

Nancy Schindler/Round Rabbit, Lisa Petrillo, Lorelei Eurto, Diana P/Suburban Girl. 

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Mary and Molly Hubbard/White Clover Kiln, Melanie/Earthenwood Studio

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Kristie Roeder/Artisan Clay, Melinda Orr, Marsha/Marsha Neal Studio

I hope there are many future meetings in our futures!

 

 

4 thoughts on “Bead Fest, bead swap, bead abundance.

  1. Cindy says:

    Hi Jenny
    It was fun to tour Bead Fest with you! Just look at the loot! Those fossilized starfish caught my eye… I was just having a conversation with a friend today about them – she used one as a focal in the current issue of Bead Trends.

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  2. Laura Twiford says:

    We had to have been standing shoulder to shoulder in some of these booths by looking at what you got. We share the same addiction! 🙂 I did the same thing with my camera, said i was too busy fishing out my credit card instead! Hope to see you again at Artbliss

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    • jenny says:

      Yes! ArtBliss it is! I am looking forward to classes and making ceramic charms and pendants for my in room Trunk show! Some new pieces – available for the 1st time! Now if I can get through two shows before then… Yikes. 

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