Upcoming Meetings

Our April 21 Speaker

Jill MacKay

Presentation Title:  “One Girl’s Creative Journey”

Jill MacKay is an accomplished designer, author and consultant. Her name is synonymous with innovation and inspiration.  Jill is perhaps best known for having been the jewelry designer for the daytime drama The Guiding Light, and for her work on Paramount Studio’s Star Trek: The Next Generation. In addition, Jill is a celebrated Arts In Education (AIE) specialist and working artist having collaborated with many of our national art institutions and organizations on large-scale projects and residencies.
Jill truly believes in the power of creativity to change lives, help solve social issues, heal hearts and build communities. In her career, Jill, has developed creative and arts programming for mental health rehabilitation centers, homeless, and community centers. She spent 12 years as Artist in Residence at the Caring Place; a grieving center for children and their families who were dealing with the death of loved ones. In 2018 Jill was awarded the prestigious Special Recognition award from the Association for Creative Industries for her humanitarian efforts using the arts to help others. Her main inspirations are the beauty and patterns found in nature. She lives and works from her home and studio in Bellvue, Colorado. Visit www.JillMacKayJewelry.com

 

Our May 20 Speaker

Leslee Frumin

Leslee Frumin, a bead and metal artist from San Juan Capistrano, California teaches off-loom bead weaving as well as metal/jewelry techniques. She has been teaching for a number of years and truly enjoys it.

Leslee’s passion for all the colors and textures made possible by the marriage between beads, metals and stones keeps her excited. She fabricates clasps and connectors and often sets semi-precious stones to enhance the design. Her art jewelry pieces are one of a kind. Leslee has won awards for some of her combination bead and metal projects. Visit www.lesleefrumin.com

Our June 16 Speaker

Helena Tang-Lim

Helena Tang-Lim started beaded in the mid-1990s so that she could make a pair of beaded shoes for herself. And from there, a passion, nay an obsession with the colourful, glittering little balls of glass and crystal was born. A predominantly self-taught artist, Helena specializes in tiny seed beads using many off-loom techniques to create colourful, exquisite beaded creations. After leaving an extremely fulfilling and rewarding career managing an eyewear distribution company, Helena decided to fulfil her dreams to own a “bead shop”. However, given her management expertise and the high cost of operation, Helena knew that a traditional brick and mortar shop was not the way to go. It also did not allow her to indulge in her other passion which is to travel and see the world as a tourist. Instead, she harnessed her creativity in both management and her love of creating in beads to have a completely virtual bead shop. Helena, now spends her time “painting” with her beads to create exquisite beaded jewellery and objects. Her work in beaded wearables often resembles fine haute joaillerie which she loves. Inspired by the colours and cultures of her adopted country of Singapore, many of her works incorporate accents and nuances of the many people and races. Her virtual shop, Manek-Manek Beads, takes its name from the Malay word for beads – manek-manek and also pays homage to her first encounter with beads, her first pair of kasut manek (beaded shoes) Many of her works can be found in speciliazed bead and craft publications and have been honored with international awards. She now shares her work through teaching and selling pre-packed kits and instructions so that others may create and own one of her beaded creations. Visit www.manek-manek.com and FaceBook : www.facebook.com/ManekLady

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