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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.

Kind regards,
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



March 2016

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. Read her Obituary

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. Here are a few of her sculptures from an auction site.



Happy New Year!

January 2016

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!

Kay Deeney
Bead Society President



Remembering Suzanne Miller

July 25, 2015



Suzanne Miller passed away on Saturday, July 25, 2015.

Remembering Suzanne...
By Lois Rose Rose
Suzanne Miller was a warm, lovely, wonderfully talented Diva.
She was a founding member of the first Bead Society, our Los Angeles Bead Society and first President. It all began around her work table in Macramania, the Westwood shop she happened to share with my cousin, Babe Harris. Babe was importing South American folk art, displaying it in the front of the shop, while Suzanne was creating her custom beadwork and art on her table at the back of the store. When I came to visit my cousin I also visited with Suzanne. Eventually she made a double rose velvet tabard for me to wear for a Collectibles show that I was performing for various organizations around California. I still treasure that tabard.

Aside from creating art, Suzanne used her work table to gather other bead lovers, (collectors, importers, and scholars) to meet regularly to discuss and share information about the fascinating beads that were rolling into Los Angeles from Africa, Asia and Europe. Thus began our Bead Society, and life-long friendships.

Through the years Suzanne hosted Bead Society Board meetings at her stunning apartment. The apartment was decorated to match her signature pearls and white/blond hair. Suzanne chaired the committee for the very successful Designer Boutique at the First International Bead Conference aboard the Queen Mary. Suzanne's opulent, finely crafted bead necklaces set the standard for elegant quality bead working. Her private bead stringing classes and the courses she taught at Beverly Hills High School helped other artisans to meet those standards.

Suzanne, gifted, imaginative, glamourous, romantic Suzanne, will be well remembered and truly missed.


July 29, 2015
Beautiful Suzanne!
By Licia Ramos

Suzanne Miller was a sophisticated, worldly and talented jewelry designer who had a passion for beauty, art and adornment. Her collections of exquisite and stunning jewelry as well as the decorative arts gave joy to her customers, friends and family. She shared her talents by teaching others her unique designs and techniques. She knew and exemplified the pleasure of creativity and achievement.

I had the good fortune to spend quality time with her; we had wonderful private design sessions where we laughed, shared stories and learned from each other.

Her beauty, grace and style are imprinted in my heart. I am thankful for her inspiration and encouragement; we will all miss this lovely and glamorous lady.



The Bead Society's Gift of Beads Gives Joy to Cancer Support Community Patients

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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!

Best Regards,

Mario Haug
Executive Director
CSC Pasadena