As regular readers will know, I can be a bit of a beading snob, but in my research for blogging over at Craft Gossip, I have come across two jewelers recently who have proven my previous notions of beading totally and utterly wrong. As the exciting this is that they work is very different styles, proving that there are many many ways to create truly artistic and creative pieces in a field of jewelry design which is normally relegated to craft and hobby work.
The first is Laura McCabe, who makes the most intricate and baroque beaded jewels which she describes as:
Elaborately beaded body adornment that combines Native American, African Zulu, and Victorian beadweaving techniques with modern materials and color schemes.
The second beader is Charlotte Hosten a Belgian jeweler who now works out of Montreal. She creates lush sumptuous necklaces that have gotten quite a bit of attention. She works with a wide range of materials from recycled silk saris to Swarovski crystals and semi precious stones. She is creates novel neck pieces with high ruffled collars.
With pieces as beautiful as these, I am happy to be proven wrong, so please if you are a bead artist and want to further prove me wrong, drop me a line.