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 Kinga at her crimsonfrogdesigns.blogspot.com
Our March 13th Speaker
David V. Horste is a lapidary artist living in Portland, Oregon. I started making jewelry when I was 8 years old, began cutting and polishing stones when I was 10, and learned basic silversmithing when I was 12. I have been doing lapidary work full time since 1992. I’ve always loved stones and I especially love designing focal beads using unusual gemstones as well as found objects. My beads can be worn alone on a chain or cable as a pendant or can be incorporated into more elaborate designer necklaces. I also make a lot of cabochons (cabs) for the jewelry designer to work with.
I’ve been a Powerseller on eBay since 2000 and have been selling my work on Etsy since 2009. I’m pleased to finally have my own shopping cart in my website with my complete inventory available for online purchase directly from me. My office manager Susan and I look forward to supplying your bead and cabochon needs for years to come.
I have a vast inventory of unusual rough to work with so if you want something in particular that you don’t see here in the store don’t hesitate to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow me on Facebook at DVHdesigns Custom Cut Beads to see what I’m up to in the studio!
Our April 13th Speaker
Amee Runs with Scissors is a Woman-Owned-and-Operated company, actively seeking out and employing women interested in pursuing careers in the visual arts. Amee aspires to encourage their Individual Creative Spirits while fostering a solid understanding of Business Principles.
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See many wonderful designs by Amee at her website: AmeeRunsWithScissors