Upcoming Meetings

Our January 19th Speaker

Laura Andrews

Creating art and beading began for Laura when she was a child. Her mother, a very talented artist, taught her beading on a loom while sharing the joy of creativity.

Training in art, color, theatrical costuming, glass lampworking, metalwork, wirework, beading and communication have led Laura to teaching the art of beadwork. Her extensive background in theatrical costume design has provided a great deal of related experience, especially in the area of color selection and tonal relationships. Favorite past productions include Costume Designer for “Camelot” and “Cats” and Jewelry Designer for “Evita”. She has been taking classes and now teaching at the Bead and Button Show for many years.

Art and culture around the world have provided Laura with tremendous inspiration, as have the long walks along a beautiful river near her home in Minnesota. She has demostrated for Toho Beads, toured the Miyuki Shoji Bead Factory in Japan and trained with a master instructor in Tokyo.

Laura has taught throughout the US and Europe, including teaching for Swarovski and Toho Beads. The German bead magazine, Perlen Poesie, featured Laura in their 4th issue. In 2014 Laura was a designer of the year for Beadwork magazine. Her work has been featured in many publications and used to advertise Bead & Button Show, Beadfest and Beaders Best Bead Fair.

As a recognized international designer and instructor, Laura is eager to share her love of color, design and bead artistry.

See many wonderful designs by Laura at her website:lauraandrews.com

Our February 16th Speaker

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.

See many wonderful designs by Laura at her crimsonfrogdesigns.blogspot.com

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