Kerry Bogert is a bead making, wire wrapping, author, mom of three from Western New York. She has been sharing her love of color and design through teaching wire working classes for more than 5 years. You can find her work featured in Step By Step Wire, Creative Jewelry, Beadwork, Stringing, Artful Blogging, and several other popular trade magazines. Kerry is the author of Rustic Wrappings: Exploring Patina in Wire, Metal, and Glass Jewelry (Interweave 2011), Totally Twisted: Innovative Wire Work + Art Glass Jewelry (Interweave 2010) and has contributed to Wire Style, Wire Style 2, and 101 Wire Earrings by Denise Peck, and Chain Style by Jane Dickerson. When Kerry isn't busy writing or teaching, she enjoys park picnics with the kids, knitting her fingers to the bone, studio tutu twirling to loud music, and kicking back on the deck with her hubby. This will be her first Bead Cruise experience and she couldn't be more thrilled to see you there. Visit Kerry's website to see her brilliant beads and jewelry designs, www.kabsconcepts.com.
Over the past 19 years Beverly has become an expert at a variety of beading techniques which she quickly translated into her own design sensibility. She has been teaching and sharing her bead knowledge for over 16 years. She teaches her original designs at bead retreats and classes throughout the South. Her work has also been published in national bead magazines and books. You can find more of her designs and patterns in her etsy shop and her website www.noeasybeads.com.
Heather Powers is the organizer of the Bead Cruise, a popular beadmaker and a jewelry-designer. Her work has been featured in numerous publications including BeadStyle, Stringing, Bead Trends, Beadwork and more. Her work has appeared on HGTV's That's Clever and PBS' Beads, Baubles and Jewels. Heather's first book Jewelry Designs from Nature will be released in September 2011 with Kalmbach Publishing. Heather is also the founder and editor of the blog, The Art Bead Scene that celebrates art beads and inspires those who use them.
You can view Heather's work and learn more at her website: www.humblebeads.com.
I have been enchanted with beads ever since my mother gave me a box of broken jewelry when I complained of “nothing to do.” When I began learning beadweaving stitches in 1994, I found I couldn’t stop, and beading has continued to fascinate me like no other artistic endeavor. I was lucky to study with inspiring teachers Carol Wilcox Wells, NanC Meinhardt, and Robin Atkins early on, learning much more than beading from them. Since 1996, I’ve had the great pleasure of teaching students throughout the United States, Japan, Canada, and Columbia.
Leslie has developed some unique variations of off-loom bead-weaving techniques, including Twisted Ribbon Ndebele and 3-Dimensional Spiraling Ndebele, included in Carol Wilcox Wells’ book, The Art and Elegance of Beadweaving. She is also well known for her innovative designs using pinch beads, aka three-sided oval beads. Combining Ndebele stitch and peyote stitch led to the creation of several popular floral and leafy designs. Recently her work was included in the Lark books, Masters: Beadweaving, Showcase 500 beaded jewelry, and I CAN herringbone. Beadwork Magazine featured her designs as a Designer of the Year in 2012.
You can view Leslie's work, class schedule and purchases kits at her website: www.lesliefrazier.com.