Member Kenny Halstead did a fabulous job setting up our display booth!
A close up of some of the gorgeous work that was entered:
Fran teaching about lampwork at the education booth:
Kenny and Laura Sandison, winner of the first place bead embroidery prize for her piece, "Love Blue"
The winners of the "Elements and Principles of Jewelry Design Contest" sponsored by Mama's Minerals were also announced at the April Meeting. 11 BSNM members submitted pieces to the contest. The three winners each received a gift certificate from Mama's Minerals. Congratulations to the winners!
Coming in first place, Margo Yee for $25;
in second place, Maryellen Merrigan for $15;
and third place Sandy Greenfield for $10.
The winning pieces are currently on display at Mama's Minerals in Albuquerque, so go check them out! Thanks to all members who participated in the contest.
The April BSNM meeting was hosted by Mama's Minerals, and featured guest speaker David Mueller (aka "David The Geologist" on Facebook). David gave a fascinating talk to a full house of BSNM members on the formation of gemstones in the earth, how they are mined, and the chemistry that generates their unique colorations. (Who knew garnets = Ca,Fe,Mg,NF,Al,Si,O3?)
With a B.S. in Geology from UNM, David specializes in mining and petroleum geology. His research includes the Rio Grande rift, Colorado Plateau, and geomorphology of the Grand Canyon. He is passionate about geology as well as sharing his information, inspiring a number of us to go rock hunting locally!
Spring has definitely sprung here in Albuquerque, and the members of the Bead Society have been busy!
The end of March brought BeadFest to Santa Fe once again. Everyone had a blast taking classes and (of course) buying beads at the expo. Below is a lantern made by one of our members during a metalworking and enameling class with instructor Steven James:
A few of our members also taught classes at BeadFest this year! Kenny Halstead and Margo Yee taught their fabulous beaded bird class:
On March 29th, the talented Susan Lenart Kazmer taught a class all about different techniques for using resin in jewelry making. Our members really enjoyed themselves!
We also learned how to make this beautiful beaded rope with Kenny Halstead during the April Bead Time.
Last but not least, we spent our March meeting making memory wire bracelets that will be sold to benefit Susan's Legacy at the 2017 Fiber Arts Fiesta.
On March 4th, several of our members attended the Chevron Earring class with Ginger Shockey to learn wire wrapping techniques. Everyone had a great time, and some were even challenged to work out of their beading comfort zone. BSNM member Mary Ellen Merrigan has written a wonderful blog post about her experience in the class here: http://www.maryellenbeads.com/index.php/2017/03/05/bust-comfort-zone. Be sure to check it out!
At our February 27th meeting, BSNM member and accomplished jewelry designer Geri Verble gave a fantastic presentation about the elements of design. Geri noted that "Most of us start out making jewelry by following instructions or copying ideas from books and magazines. The next step is to learn how to design jewelry that is truly your own design". During her talk, Geri showed examples of the fundamental principles of design, including color, shape, texture, line, and space, and then she explained how each design element enhanced the jewelry. After her presentation, we all had the chance to put what we learned to the test! We divided into several groups, and each group was given the same selection of beads. Geri charged us with creating a strung jewelry piece that demonstrated the techniques we had learned. The resulting pieces were all unique and beautiful!
January 23rd was our monthly BSNM meeting and our annual holiday party! The theme was cowgirl glam. Our members really got into the spirit and dressed up in their cowgirl (and cowboy) best.
We enjoyed great food provided by several of our members, and we gave away some exciting door prizes, including some beautiful picture frames decorated by member Jill Bartel.
We also voted on the winner of our Cowgirl Glam Bead Challenge. Members decorated cigar boxes in a western theme, and we had many beautiful entries.
Mary Ellen Merrigan was our first place winner with her entry named "Back in the Saddle"
Thank you to Patti Farley, Jill Bartel and everyone who participated in the planning, decorating, and cooking. We would also like to thank Lipstick Ranch for donating the gorgeous rustic pendants that each member received!
On January 4th and 11th, Bead Society members had a blast learning how to tie fishing flies with Dave Patton from Healing Waters. Healing Waters is a non-profit organization that aids disabled military members using outdoor activities such as fishing. If you are interested in learning more about this organization, you can read about it on their website, http://www.projecthealingwaters.org/.
The Bead Society of New Mexico had a last minute opportunity to join with the Albuquerque Fiber Arts Council (AFAC) to fill in the Albuquerque International Sunport display area located in the ground floor walkway joining the terminal to the first floor parking garage. Works from all AFAC guilds are represented and will remain on display until February 2, 2017.
After a year of hard work by all of our members, our Christmas tree to benefit the Carrie Tingley hospital was completed! All of the BSNM members contributed handmade beaded ornaments and beaded garland, and member Jessica Dowell helped to create the bead-covered snowflake topper. Special thanks to Margo Field for donating the beautiful artificial tree for us to decorate! The tree was sold for the Carrie Tingley Festival of Trees. All proceeds from the sale of the tree benefit the Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation.