Saturday, January 14, 2012

Time Capsule: January 2009

Three years ago this month, something really fantastic happened on Inspirational Beading - the first ever Inspired Beader segment. I had originally imagined this showcase of awesome beading and jewelry talent as a stand-alone site, long before I had really sunk my teeth into blogging. When I realized how much fun it was to create posts for the blog, I realized that sharing and celebrating the work of other beaders was just the thing I needed to keep the ball rolling.

Our first inspired beader was Sheryl Westleigh of Noadi’s Art. Her incredible polymer clay sculptures and pendants caught my eye, and I was very pleased to share some of her inspirations and designs here. Since then, her selection of cephalopod and specimen jar jewelry has grown, but her imaginative designs still have her signature flair.

There have been almost forty inspired beaders featured here in the last three years, each one with their own exciting ideas and techniques, and amazing portfolios of beading and artwork to share. Here are just a few of my favorites:

Inspired Beader: Noadi

Lionfish Mermaid
by Noadi

Gemstone Soaps by Soapsmith

Amethyst Soap Rocks
by Soapsmith

Inspired Beader C.C. Valenzo

Glass Pendants
by C.C. Valenzo

Barbie Jewelry by Margaux Lange

Barbie Smile Brooch
by Margaux Lange

Lavender Field Crochet

Colorido Crochet Necklace
by Lavender Field

Inspired Beader Zoya Gutina

Spring Romance Necklace
by Zoya Gutina

I’m always on the lookout for unique designs to showcase on Inspirational Beading, and beaders who want to share their ideas and insights into our favorite materials. There are now three separate segments for guest designers, and everyone is invited to join in the fun. I want to extend a huge thank you to everyone that has participated in an interview with me over the years. Thanks for sharing with us!

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