Heather Powers has been organizing the Bead Cruise for over 10 years! She is the busy beadmaker and jewelry designer behind Humblebeads. Creating and selling for over 20 years, Heather also teaches across the country and hosts retreats. She sells her beads around the world and at Bead & Button and BeadFest. Heather is the author of Jewelry Designers from Nature, Beautiful Elements and her 3rd book Beadmaking Lab will be out in May 2016. You can also find Heather's Color Canvas column in each issue of Step by Step Wire Jewelry. See more of Heather's work at www.humblebeads.com.
Over the past 22 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 18 years. This Beverly's 11th year of teaching with the Bead Cruise. Over the years she taught her original designs at bead retreats and classes throughout the South. For 5 years she was facilitator of the New Orleans Bead Bead Society. 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.
Beki Haley has been in love with beads for over 40 years now. She was introduced to the amazing art form of seed bead weaving her Grandmother when she was a child. That early start in exploring the intricacies and fine detail that can be attained with seed beads has stayed with Beki throughout her life. Even as a young teen, Beki loved teaching others all the beautiful things that can be created with beads. She has over 30 years of teaching experience in several different venues from large auditorium settings tointimate one-on-one classes.
Training as a classic silversmith at a young age gave Beki an appreciation and understanding of the art and beauty of jewelry design. Beki uses those formal skills to teach the technical aspects of jewelry design. In her classes, the students learn the importance of attention to detail and craftsmanship while exploring their natural creativity. Her love and beads led Beki to opener own bead store, Out on A Whim, in 1986. With her husband, four children, several animals, and days filled with beads, Beki's life is complete. Visit Beki's site for more information: www.whimbeads.com.
Eva Sherman began beading as a way to spend time with her daughters but soon became hopelessly addicted. In 2005 she traded in her architectural career for the opportunity to spend all her time among beads, and opened Grand River Bead Studio in Cleveland, Ohio. Eva now happily spends most days in the studio creating, writing and teaching, but has been know to take her show on the road. She has discovered an affinity for working with wire and metals, and prefers to design in an organic and unstructured style. Eva has taught nationally and internationally over the past 8 years, and is the author of "Organic Metal and Wire Jewelry" released in 2013, and "Cool Copper Cuffs" to be released in the summer of 2016.
Jayashree Paramesh was introduced to the world of beads through a bead embroidery class she took while a student at Parsons, The New School for Design, New York. She looks everywhere for inspiration and then creates from within. Her designs are more about her desire to bring out the unique beauty of the beads and the woman, rather than having a signature style. That being said, she is inspired by fine jewelry and loves to use some gold or silver in her pieces. Sparkly crystals and gemstones in jewel-tones are her favorites.
Her designs have been published in Perlen Poesie, Beadwork and Bead and Button. She has taught and continues to teach at various studios and stores across the USA, Bead and Button Shows and Bead Guilds. It is a very gratifying experience for her to share her designs with fellow bead artists. To see more of her work, please visit http://blog.nchantme.com/. Many kits and tutorials of her designs are available at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Nchantme.
Gail Crosman Moore
Gail Crosman Moore, an award winning multi disciplinary artist, brings to you many years of arts education, both as teacher and student. Her B.F.A. from Mass College of Art was in the Art Education discipline, which is to say she was able to pursue any/all media.
Seduced and stimulated by so many things; surface, form, color and texture that can be readily interpreted through a myriad of materials paired with a lifelong obsession with the ‘Pod Form’ work together as inspiration and a recipe for a ‘job’ never completed. From concept to execution to trade shows and classrooms, the artist/teacher lies at the core.
Crosman Moore’s work has been recognized and awarded through publication in many trade magazines, including Ornament, Beadwork, Bead and Button, and Lamagga, as well as invitations to be a part of many books in varied media.
Her teaching has taken her around the world, enriching her visual pool of resource, context for life and expansion of her humanity.