While living in Holland I received the call for entries for 500 Beaded Objects, curated by Carol Wilcox Wells. I had an inspiration, but sadly neither access to good materials, nor enough technical competence to reach my vision. I didn't submit and when that beautiful book came out I regretted not having pushed to be part of it.
And now....I am honored to have pieces accepted into Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry.
A lot has changed since that first call for entries that I missed in 2004. My skills have improved, my design aesthetic has matured and my corporate career was traded in for one of a full time artist, working with beads on a daily basis.
The shift was difficult at first, finances were challenging and a big move away from my support base left me feeling a bit adrift. Beads saved me, creating relationships that come together both in person and on line. I am honored to know so many of my bead idols and mentors personally and I am honored to have been juried into this book. I know I will treasure turning the pages and taking in the breadth of talent that will be displayed here. I know based on the pieces of mine that were accepted that we will see a range of styles from simple to incredible and I think this will serve the subject well. Nice job Ray! Can't wait to see it.
And if you would like to win a copy, signed by Ray, hop over to this post on Lark's blog and leave a comment! You could be the first to own this incredible book.
I'm not at all surprised that your work is included in a book like this. You have a personal touch and the skills to match.
It is so wonderful that you are in this book, and I am honored to have my piece juried in along side your amazing work, you have been an idol and an inspiration of mine since I first started out. I can't wait to see the book.
Thank you Lynsey, what a lovely thing to say, and can't wait to see your piece. I think the book is going to be spectacular.
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