Bead Chic: 36 Stylish Jewelry Projects & Inspired Variations by Margot Potter has now been officially launched! Margot is not only a wonderful designer, she is a truly engaging writer. In this new work, she had the clever idea to write a book focusing on variations on a theme. She created beautiful original designs for the book, then invited other jewelry designers to come up with variations based on these designs.
Here's a rough pic of my own necklace design, entitled "Sweet Dreams", that appears in Bead Chic:
My design was inspired by Margot's original, entitled "Green Man", which used beads from Melanie Brooks of Earthenwood Studio. An image of the piece appears in the table of contents of the book. (You can see it by using the sneak peek function on Amazon. Click on the book link, above, to go there. Can you find it?)
There's a little secret associated with my variation. My necklace uses fab beads from ceramic artist Diane Hawkey. In fact, Melanie was the person who actually introduced me to Diane and her work several years ago, so I felt it would be fitting to use Diane's beads here to create a subtle link between the work of the two artists.
When you get a chance, please take a look at Bead Chic, Margot Potter's excellent new work.
I am an intellectual property lawyer by training and have a background in English Renaissance literature. I love science fiction. I primarily watch Sesame Street these days and find myself humming "Pop Goes the Weasel" at odd moments (guess why). I can happily eat ice cream in the middle of winter when the wind chill is 20 below 0. I have been making beads and designing jewelry since 2007.
2010 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Other Finished Bead Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2010 - Grand Prize, Gold Medal Winner, Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, Metal Clay, Metal Beads, Wirework and Chain Jewelry-Making Contest
2010 - Finalist, Bead Star, Stones, Plastics and Designs with Heart Categories
2009 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay
2009 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Beyond Glass, Handmade Beads and Components
2009 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Arts Awards, Necklace
2009 - Finalist, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Beading Contest, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist, Bead Star, Pearls
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