Friday, June 22, 2012

Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry

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.


Peikkonen said...

Congratulations, Marcia!

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.

lynsey said...

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.

Marcia DeCoster said...

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.