Upcoming Meetings

What’s Happening in 2020
 
Upcoming Programs and Classes in 2020

Saturday March 14
Cliff Swain-Salomon presentation at the JCC La Jolla doors open at 10:am
Sunday March 15
Cliff Swain-Salomon class SPANISH LACE at the JCC La Jolla 10:00 – 4:00

Saturday April 18
Liisa Turunen presentation at the JCC La Jolla doors open at 10:am
Sunday April 19
Liisa Turunen class TBD at the JCC La Jolla 10:00 – 4:00

Saturday May 16
Open Beading / Stitch Clinic at the JCC La Jolla doors open at 10:am

Saturday May 23
Kinga Nichols class CRABBY CALIFORNIA at the JCC La Jolla 10:00 – 4:00
Sunday May 24
Kinga Nichols class SISSI at the JCC La Jolla 10:00 – 4:00

Saturday June 20
Cindy Holsclaw presentation TBD at the JCC La Jolla doors open at 10:am
Sunday June 21
Cindy Holsclaw class COMPASS ROSE  at the JCC La Jolla 10:00 – 4:00

Saturday August 15
Open Beading / Stitch Clinic at the JCC La Jolla doors open at 10:am

Saturday September 19
Open Beading / Stitch Clinic at the JCC La Jolla doors open at 10:am

Saturday October 17
Nikia Angel presentation at the JCC La Jolla doors open at 10:am
Sunday October 18
Nikia Angel class TBD at the JCC La Jolla 10:00 – 4:00

November 21
Annual Pot Luck, Party and AUCTION!


Our speaker for March 21, 2020
will be Cliff Swain-Salomon.
 

Cliff Swain-Salomon is an off-the-loom seed bead weaver known for creating non-traditional jewelry shapes and pushing the boundaries of color exploration. After injuring and losing use of both of his hands for over three years, he began beading when a friend recommended he try it as part of his hand rehabilitation therapy. Once he started, he was hooked.

In all of his pieces, Cliff integrates over 30 years of study in multiple fields, including graphic design, painting, as well as apprenticeships with several medicine men and women, exploring sacred geometry and chromotherapy. His art has been featured in several publications and exhibits, including Bead & Button (October 2018, June 2019), Style Magazine, Facet Jewelry, Palos Verdes Arts Center, Conejo Valley Art Museum Show, and California Lutheran University, to name a few. Recently, Toho Beads also invited him to be a featured artist for their 2019 Toho Bead Challenge. The piece he designed for them is currently touring the United States and will continue through Europe before being brought to Japan in 2020 to be added to the Toho Museum’s exhibition. Cliff has won several awards for his work including the People’s Choice Award for Bead Dreams 2018 and Juror’s Selection at Placer Artists Studio Tour.

Cliff teaches beadweaving at various stores and retreats, and he will be teaching at the Bead & Button show in June 2019. He also has been an invited lecturer and teacher for various bead societies across the United States.

visit: www.cssfineart.com
email: cliff@cssfineart.com

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Our speaker for April 18, 2020
will be Liisa Turunen.

Liisa threaded her first beading needle back in 1994. Beading as a hobby she went on to become a massage therapist, esthetician, and got her nursing degree in Finland. But in 2006 beads wove her back in. Since then she has spent her time fully submerged in beads! She has been working professionally as a designer and teacher since 2006. Liisa has taught at the Bead & Button shows and Bead Fest shows. Along with beads her other major obsession is with cats. Often volunteering in her local shelter and fostering kittens! Cats have been her biggest inspiration in her designing process. And just like cats, her designs are known for being classic, ageless, and graceful….

With a few hairballs thrown into the mix.Liisa was named one of Beadwork magazine’s Designer of the Year in 2014.
Her website: liisaturunendesigns.com

A Mini Retreat for May 23 & 24, 2020
with Kinga Nichols.

Kinga Nichols was born in 1980, in Hungary. At 19, she packed up her life in a backpack and moved to the US where she has been residing since, albeit not at the same place. She currently lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband Paul Nichols and furbabies Samantha Regina Nichols and Karl Friedrich Barx. Samantha Regina is not only her muse but her model as well. Many of Kinga’s best known pieces were popularized by the canine model.

One way or another Kinga has been always making things, which started turning into a career when she was painting murals at the time she lived in New York. The murals were fun, but  she did not feel like painting was her calling. Eventually she picked up a bead and Button magazine in 2007, found a bead embroidery project, and slowly but surely the obsession took over. 

After that first project, she started creating her own designs and quickly found her own distinctive voice that allowed her to translate her imaginings into beadwork. Kinga is always brainstorming, and her imagination provides an endless supply of fanciful ideas that she translates into bead embroidery. 

Her work first got noticed in the first Battle of the Beadsmith, quickly followed by her being a BeadDreams finalist in 2013 and getting 3rd place in the same competition in the Swarovski category in 2014, and a book feature in Marcia Decoster Presents, 2014. In 2015 she won first place in the crystal category in BeadDreams. She has done a number of instructional bead embroidery videos for Interweave publishing in 2016 and 2017, and has been featured in magazines in the US and Europe.

 In 2013 she started teaching and she hopes to continue this as her chosen profession for a long time to come, not only passing on beady knowledge, but perhaps her unique way of looking at the world as a magical place filled with endless possibilities.

website: Crimson Frog Designs


Our speaker for June 20, 2020
will be Cindy Holsclaw.

Cindy Holsclaw has dabbled in crafts for longer than she can remember, but she’s always been most fond of geometric structures. After many years of exploring these mathematical forms in modular origami, in 2006 she learned that these structures could also be made with beads. From then on, she was hooked! In 2009 Cindy started writing patterns for her own beading designs, and in 2012 she dove into designing and teaching beadwork full-time.

With a background in academia and a doctorate in biochemistry, Cindy takes an analytical approach to her design style; she likes exploring different bead shapes and variations on the established beading techniques, and she’s constantly thinking of new ways to put beads together. Biochemistry and mathematics continue to inspire her and often show up in her finished work. As an educator, Cindy challenges her students to learn something new in every class, while giving them the tools they need through her very detailed beading patterns.

In 2015 Cindy was named Designer of the Year by Beadwork Magazine, and a series of her beading videos were published by Interweave in the same year. Cindy has taught at the Bead & Button, Bead Fest, and BABE! shows as well as at several bead stores and bead societies around the country. When not on the road, Cindy makes her home in San Diego, California with her musician husband and baby daughter.

website:  BeadOrigami.com