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Conversation with the Artist: Cliff Swain-Salomon

Conversation with the Artist: Cliff Swain-Salomon 1

Cliff Swain-Salomon is known for creating non-traditional jewelry shapes and pushing the boundaries of color exploration in weaving seed beads. His work has been exhibited internationally, and he teaches workshops and classes around the globe. Join us as Cliff tells us his story!
Conversation with the Artist: Leslie Grigsby

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Artist and museum professional Leslie Grigsby shares with us her beading influences, inspirations, and accomplishments. Her stunning beaded sculptures require many months, sometimes even years to create. Join us as we dive into Leslie's collections!
MOB Challenge: Wings & Stings Winners

MOB Challenge: Wings & Stings Winners 5

On May 31, 2021, 47 entries for our first MOB Challenge: Wings & Stings were chosen by our panel of judges to move to the final round of judgin...
Conversation with the Artist: Betsy Youngquist

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On today's blog we have a conversation with artist Betsy Youngquist, whose work is a wondrous web of storytelling on loss, remembrance, and magic. Youngquist is a mixed media artist whose dazzling beaded creatures bring the fantastical realms of our imagination to life. Join us as we delve in with Betsy to talk about her pieces that she's been working on and the stories they create along the way.
Wings & Stings July Picks

Wings & Stings July Picks 0

Last month we featured a very small selection of our favorites from the Wings & Stings challenge prior to the final judging that will be announced by August 1st. We wanted to select some more pieces for you to take a closer look at for the month of July!
History of Beads: Upper Paleolithic Era

History of Beads: Upper Paleolithic Era 0

After the Upper Paleolithic era, we see an elaboration of new crafting technologies used to create beads and art forms, new forms of adornment, and unique distinctions across cultures.