Summer 2023 Workshops

Heart of Texas Bead Retreat

Summer Retreat

June 1-4, 2023

Workshops

 

VIP Registration October 1-5, 2022

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Cynthia Rutledge

Cynthia is a contemporary artist and teacher focusing on beadwork as her medium. She specializes in peyote stitch and off-loom weaving techniques with an emphasis on developing sculptural unsupported shapes in beadwork.

Her work has been exhibited in national and international shows and has appeared in Nicolette Stessin’s Beaded Amulet Purses, Carol Taylor’s Creative Bead Jewelry, and Carol Wilcox Wells’Creative Bead Weaving: A Contemporary Guide to Classic Off-Loom Stitches.

“My attraction to 3-dimensional shapes has created a fascination for me throughout my life and has fueled my creative spirit. My choice of beadwork as a primary medium has followed that same fascination. As my beadwork has evolved, my work seems to always lean towards the building of shapes and forms that are functional and wearable.

The choice to use beads as my medium was primarily influenced by my love of color. Beads reflect and absorb light, hold shape and dimension, and in so doing, offer chameleon-like qualities. It is not always the end result that is the most important to me, however. The process of working with beads and thread is meditative and calming, which allows time for reflection. Engineering each piece is always a challenge that thrills me, as well as giving me the power to make the decisions that need to be made for each piece. The more I experience the wonderful qualities of beadwork, the more I realize my relationship with beads will always be one of learning, experiencing and sharing.

The decision to teach grew from my personal desire to share my love of beads and all the wonderful things that can be created with them. The commitment that I have to teaching stems from my desire to share the knowledge I have gained while developing my own skills in this medium. Ultimately, my mission is to help to keep this art form alive and well.”    (photo of Cynthia by Mark Rutledge)

To view more of Cynthia’s designs: Click HERE

All You Need is Love

Description:

“All You Need Is Love” is a song that was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney of the Beatles, being released as a single in 1967. The song was written for the first live global television link, “Our World”. The Beatles performed the song live to an audience of over 400 million people in 25 countries.

This design is a tribute to HRH Queen Elizabeth II (April 1926 – September 2022). She spent her whole life in the pursuit of service to her country. Her reign of 70 years and 214 days is the longest of any British monarch and the longest verified reign of any female sovereign in history.

HRH had a deep sense of religious and civic duty. She did not express her own political opinions in public, which was rare. She worked tirelessly to bring the world together, whether in joy or in sorrow. She will be greatly missed.

Sir Paul McCartney had met HRH nine times. Sir Paul was knighted by Her Majesty for his service to music in 1997, in a centuries-old ceremony of pomp and solemnity at Buckingham Palace. On one of the occasions, and as they were shaking hands, Paul leaned over and whispered, “Your Majesty, we really should stop meeting like this!” The Queen giggled. What a great sense of humor she had.

So “All You Need Is Love” your Royal Highness. Rest in peace knowing that you were well loved.

HRH Queen Elizabeth II loved wearing pearls, so I had to include that in the design. A basic bezel around a central CZ trillion begins an in-depth layering system of pearls, set CZs, netting and peyote stitch. The necklace was created in pearls using right-angle weave, ending in two CZ buttons and a connector for a lovely necklace fit for a Queen!

Workshop: Designed for The Heart of Texas Summer 2023 Bead Retreat
Skill level: Intermediate to Advanced
Techniques: Peyote Stitch, Netting, Right-Angle Weave (RAW), Setting CZ’s
Materials: Kit Mandatory
Kit: $
Kit Colors: Click HERE
Students should bring: Lighting/Magnification, your usual beading supplies

 

 


Sherry Serafini

Sherry was raised in a military family, moving every few years. She credits that nomadic lifestyle with giving her an adventurous and uninhibited approach to her work. Always the artist, even in childhood Sherry found herself preferring more artistic activities than most. Sherry studied and earned a degree in Graphic Design at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh – to which she states to this day is where she encountered some of her greatest inspirations and mentors. After college, Sherry worked as an Ad Director for the local newspaper – it wasn’t until the birth of her daughters which inspired her to pick up beads. Sherry has dabbled with nearly every medium available – none of which compare to the emotions she evokes from her beadwork.

Unusual objects and shapes become part of a new story as Sherry stitches beads and gemstones, one at a time to her creations. Most pieces are born spontaneously as the beads and Sherry’s imagination dictate the design. She seldom works from sketches. Sherry finds this meditative form of art to be a rich counterpoint to a society full of instant gratification. Each piece designed by Sherry is entirely unique – no two pieces are the same. Even within the classroom, she encourages her students to work outside of the guidelines she provides, never fearing to take risk. Sherry believes that there is never enough beauty in the world and believes everyone should take time to create.

Sherry was voted one of the top 10 instructors in the United States by Bead & Button magazine. She lectures and teaches throughout the world. She has been published and has written articles for several well-known magazines. Her work has been featured on the covers of trade magazines and catalogs and is the co-author of the Art of Bead Embroidery with artist & friend Heidi Kummli and Sensational Bead Embroidery by Sherry Serafini. Sherry’s beaded art is known internationally and has been worn by Grammy winner Melissa Etheridge, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Lenny Kravitz, pro golfer Michelle Wie and singer Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas.

To view more of Sherry’s designs : Click HERE


Description: 

Workshop: Designed for The Heart of Texas Summer 2023 Bead Retreat
Skill Level: All Levels
Techniques: Bead embroidery, Peyote, assorted weaving stitches
Materials: Kit Mandatory
Kit: $
Students should bring: Lighting/Magnification, your usual beading supplies
Kit Color Options: Click HERE

 


Melissa Grakowsky Shippee

My life didn’t always involve tiny pieces of colored glass with holes in them. Earlier in life my interests had a broader focus. I always had a fascination with the natural world, and equally with art. In college, when I was finally free to study what I liked, I majored in biology at first but went on to complete a bachelor’s degree in physics, and another bachelor’s degree in fine arts (with a painting concentration).

I got into bead weaving in my early twenties after my son was born and I desperately needed a creative hobby that would conform to the new space- and time- (some might say space-time) limitations that I was confronted with as I entered a new phase of my life. My old medium, painting, was simply not an option when caring for a baby in an apartment. And I had decided to quit my studies to care for my son, who needed just a little more help than the average baby in getting a good start to his life.

Thankfully a good college friend of mine introduced me to his aunt’s bead store, Beads East, formerly located in Manchester, Connecticut, and the rest is history.

I now travel all over the United States and to select countries around the world to share my love of beading with workshops, I design projects to sell as kits and patterns here in my online shop and in my workshops, and I produce illustrations for other artists in the industry.

To view more of Melissa’s designs: Click HERE

Here Comes the Sun

Description:

In April 1969, George absented himself from an Apple meeting, choosing instead to head 20 miles south to his friend Eric Clapton’s house in Ewhurst, Surrey. And it was while relaxing with Eric in the garden that the seeds of “Here Comes The Sun” were planted. As George recalled in his autobiography, I Me Mine: “‘Here Comes The Sun’ was written at the time when Apple was getting like school, where we had to go and be businessmen: ‘sign this’ and ‘sign that.’ Anyway, it seems as if winter in England goes on forever, by the time spring comes you really deserve it. So one day I decided I was going to sag off Apple and I went over to Eric Clapton’s house. The relief of not having to go see all those dopey accountants was wonderful, and I walked around the garden with one of Eric’s acoustic guitars and wrote ‘Here Comes The Sun.’”

This Heart of Texas project can be made as a pendant, a brooch or hairclip (or even a hairband/hatband ornament). Filled with sunshine and blue skies, this ray of light inspired design is one of two offered for Summer 2023 Retreat attendees. Attendees may select to do one or both of the two designs!

Workshop : Designed for The Heart of Texas Summer 2023 Bead Retreat
Skill Level: Intermediate
Techniques:  Bead Embroidery
Materials: Kit Mandatory
Kit: $50
Students should bring: Lighting/Magnification, your usual beading supplies
Kit Color Options: Sunrise, Moonrise Click HERE

Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds

Description: John Lennon said that his inspiration for the song came when his three-year-old son Julian showed him a nursery school drawing that he called “Lucy – in the Sky with Diamonds”, depicting his classmate Lucy O’Donnell. It was recorded in March, 1967 on Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album.

This Heart of Texas project can be made as a pendant, a brooch or hairclip (or even a hairband/hatband ornament). Filled with light and color, this mandala inspired design is one of two offered for Summer 2023 Retreat attendees. Attendees may select to do one or both of the two designs!

Workshop : Designed for The Heart of Texas Summer 2023 Bead Retreat
Skill Level: Intermediate
Techniques:  Bead Embroidery
Materials: Kit Mandatory
Kit: $32
Students should bring: Lighting/Magnification, your usual beading supplies
Kit Color Options: Pink/Blue (shown), Green/Gold, Orange/Purple Click HERE

 


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, sacred geometry, and chromotherapy, as well as apprenticeships with several medicine men and women.  He has exhibited his work internationally, including at the Toho Bead Galleries in Osaka and Tokyo Japan. Several publications have featured his jewelry, including Bead & Jewellery UK (Issue 112, 2021 front cover), Beadwork Magazine, Facet Jewelry, and Bead & Button, to name a few.

Cliff’s beadwork has earned him several awards—he was the grand prize winner of Bead Dreams in 2018, where he was chosen for the People’s Choice Award, and he also received the Facet Jewelry Reader’s Choice Award in July 2019 and Judge’s Award in November 2019. His work has also been featured in ad campaigns and in a blog article for The Museum of Beadwork in Portland, Maine and Toho Beads in partnership with Bobby Beads & Starman. Toho Beads has also invited him to be a featured artist for their 2019 and 2020 Toho Bead Challenges. He is also a permanent ambassador for the Beadworker’s Guild and International Beading Week who featured him in their January 2022 Journal, as well as the international tutor for Melbourne, Australia for 2021.

Cliff teaches beadweaving at various stores, for bead societies, and for retreats internationally. Before becoming a full-time artist/teacher, Cliff had worked as an instructor for a college of natural medicine, as a chef, and had held a private holistic medicine practice. He is married with a 5 year-old daughter and lives in California, near San Francisco.

To view more of Cliff’s designs: Click HERE

Let It Be

Description:

Workshop: Designed for The Heart of Texas Summer 2023 Bead Retreat
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Techniques: 
Materials:
Kit: $
Students should bring: Lighting/Magnification, your usual beading supplies
Kit Color Options: Click HERE


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