Make and Take Jewelry Classes at our Culver City Bead Bazaar.
At the Culver City Bead Bazaar, our Artist Instructors, Mary Yaeger and Deidre Green (AKA Copper Doc)
will be teaching three workshops at our Bazaar. Pictures above give you a hint! Click Here
to see more information on Mary's Three Square Chain Pattern for bracelets and necklaces ($35),
and the Tierra Ring ($35) and Deidre's Charm Bracelet with Copper Jewelry Art ($75). Go to the Classes Page to reserve your space!
These events will be held at the Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium located at 4117 Overland Avenue,
Culver City, 90230. the date is Sunday May 6, 2018 from 10AM until 5PM.
Research Grant Given for Analysis of Melon Beads of Tani Tribes of Northeast India
The Grants Committee of the Bead Society recently funded Barbie Campbell Cole for a research grant on using chemical analysis
of glass heirloom melon beads worn by the Tani tribes of northeast India. We feel that this research will be of value to the bead community. We received an email from Ms. Cole thanking us.
Dear Nikki Donahue:
I was absolutely delighted to receive your cheque towards my bead research today! A very large thank you to all the members of your grant committee. I am so pleased and can assure you that the Bead Society of Los Angeles will be credited for their support and encouragement.
Barbie Campbell Cole
Barbie Campbell Cole wrote the following article:
Barbie Campbell Cole. Heirloom Blue-Glass Melon Beads of the Tani Tribes, Northeast India. Beads, Journal of the Society of Bead Researchers 2012, 24:7-25.
Remembering Annette Bird
Annette Bird, one of the founders of the Bead Society and a past president passed away in March in Eugene, Oregon.
A well-known Southern California artist, Annette was a printmaker, sculptor, jewelry maker and photographer. Her career in art spanned five decades.
The September 1990 issue of Ornament (Autumn 1990, Vol. 14 Issue 1, p32) has an article entitled "Ancient Echoes: The Jewelry Of Annette Bird." From the abstract,
the article describes the jewelry designs of Los Angeles-based Annette Bird. Bird casts silver jewelry that reinterprets the simplicity of southwestern rock art
and expresses her sense of connectedness with other cultures and other times. Among Bird's jewelry creations are necklaces that contain rock-art-inspired pendants,
silver beads intermingled with smaller rock art elements and earrings with Mimbres pot design.
At our April Meeting, several members brought jewelry they had obtained from Annette. There were several examples of the rock-art inspired jewelry.
We also shared stories about her studio and her interest in art.
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year! We are starting the second half of our year with lots of interesting speakers and events.
In January, many of us braved the cold and rain, (we were lucky, it stopped raining for a while) to hear Robert Liu speak about Jewelry
in Museums of the World. The talk is a collaboration with Walker Qin, a Chinese bead collector who has traveled to 45 countries and photographed
jewelry in 65 museums. They combined their images and knowledge for the lecture which focused on the Indus Civilization and the Zhou
Dynasty/Warring States Period. It was fascinating.
In February in honor of Valentine's Day we are focusing on heart jewelry. Bring your heart shaped, or heart inspired, or even jewelry that is
dear to your heart! We will have a show and tell and get to know each other! Join us; it will be fun and enlightening!
In March, Floor Kaspers will return to delight us with her travels. She will be fresh from the Tucson Bead Shows. Floor has also gathered much information on the famous bead towns of Germany: Lauscha, Neugablonz and Idar-Oberstein. Additionally, she's authored books on the beads of Briare and Jablonec. More information is coming!
On December 2nd, we had our Annual Bead Society Holiday Party at the Griffin Club, formerly the Beverly Hills Country Club in West LA. We had a lively crowd,
almost didn't need the music, and there were raffles for door prizes and for a bead jar for those who brought beads. We ended the evening with the Bead
Exchange where we shared some exciting treasures with each other!
Bead Society President
The Bead Society's Gift of Beads Gives Joy to Cancer Support Community Patients
Kindly Email All Member News to Mary Yaeger
Bead Society president Kay Deeney and Vice President Licia Ramos presented a beautiful selection of beads, clasps and components to the Cancer Support Community to help with their patient activities.
The letter below is a beautiful thank you from Mario Haug, executive director. It also mentions that VP Licia leads beading classes there.
Good Afternoon Kay:
I want to personally thank you for the very generous donation from the Bead Society of Los Angeles! Your contribution of beads and jewelry findings is going to make a big difference in the lives of people suffering with cancer. Unfortunately, over 80 percent of the people served at the Cancer Support Community in Pasadena are in financial dire straits. When someone is diagnosed with this horrible disease, they often cannot work, and many times a spouse or caregiver must also forego work (outside the home) to help care for their loved one.
At the Cancer Support Community we provide services free of charge to all participants. When someone is diagnosed, the patient often finds it difficult to navigate the healthcare system, and to develop a support network to assist them through the many phases associated with the disease. In over 80 percent of the cases, people suffer with depression, unwanted isolation and a lack of control as a result of their diagnosis. The Cancer Support Community exists to help people in this situation. The cornerstone of our program is patient and caregiver support groups, with mind-body classes (such as yoga, beading and journaling), and finally our education component empowers people to learn about the disease and possible treatments. This combination of programs helps address their isolation and the sense that they have lost control.
Our community serves over 1,000 people through support groups and mind-body classes. An additional 1,000 people are served through our education and outreach programs. Licia Ramos has generously offered her time and experience to help patients who thoughts ruminate around the cancer, the depression and the loss of hope that accompanies these thoughts. Your contribution will make it possible for participants to get involved in the beading classes led by Licia, and therefore transform their mindset. They will feel a sense of community and therefore greatly improve their chances of survival. Our beading classes are some of the most popular opportunities we offer. It has been scientifically proven, that if someone participates in our programs, that they can actually improve their chances of survival!
Many thanks to you, and the Bead Society of Los Angeles - for making a difference! We are forever grateful!
New Website for Bead Bazaar! Before you know it, the Bead Society's Spring Bead
Bazaar will be right around the corner. We have added to our Social Media line up a bead bazaar microsite, so please take the time to check it out. Our site will continue to
grow to share and give all kinds of Bead Bazaar information: www.culvercitybeadbazaar.com
Book Thing Bead Society Library! We have set up a library on a website
called Library Thing. We are slowly adding books to the collection. Kay will
bring about five books to each meeting that members can check out and bring back the following month. For more information, Click Here!