Friday, February 17, 2017

Beads on the Trail - 2017

Hello Friends,  

Set of 5 Beads I created for the "Beads on the Trail - 2017" Project
I joined in on a special bead adventure that I'd like to share with you: Beads on the Trail 2017. There was a call for beads to support children with cancer or serious illness. These beads are to travel with mushers on the 1000 mile long Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.  Each artist who signed up for the challenge made a set of 5 Alaskan themed beads.  At the end of the race, one bead will be kept by the musher and the other 4 beads will be used to raise money for BOC and go to the children in the BOC program.  Below are pictures of the beads that I created and sent along to Alaska. 

Being a part of this event has added to an awakening I’ve been feeling lately. The need to be an advocate, to help others; that this life is precious, and I need to focus on what matters most to me.  Helping others has always been at the core of who I am, it brings me life.  Sometimes I get lost, but re-awakening is humbling and refreshing.
  
Beads on the Trail 2017 is organized by Beads of Courage (BOC) with the help of Artmosphere Studio, the goal of this annual event is to connect Alaska's Last Great Race (Iditarod) with the kids in the Beads of Courage program, who are in a race for their lives. Mushers share the strength and courage they need for Iditarod in honor of the children who will receive the beads they carry on the 1000 mile long Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.  

Beads of Courage has a unique goal; they are a non-profit group that supports children with cancer or serious illnesses and their families. BOC acknowledges each treatment undergone by a child by giving them a bead.  Each child’s bead collection grows and represents badges of courage and honors the wars they are fighting with their illnesses; fighting for their lives.  To learn more about Beads of Courage: http://www.beadsofcourage.org
  
Artmosphere Studio, in Anchorage Alaska, is a shared working studio space.  They are open for classes and special events by appointment. Artmosphere Studio is working with Beads of Courage in 2017 to send beads on the Iditarod Trail for the 6th time.    

Also volunteering and helping with the organization of this event are the Hot Headed Honeys:   Alaska’s first co-op of lampwork artists dedicated to promoting lampwork art and artists in Alaska and providing creative and business resources to  co-op members.  
  
The Iditarod:A race covering 1000 miles of the roughest, most beautiful terrain Mother Nature has to offer. She throws jagged mountain ranges, frozen river, dense forest, desolate tundra and miles of windswept coast at the mushers and their dog teams.  Add to that temperatures far below zero, winds that can cause a complete loss of visibility, the hazards of overflow, long hours of darkness and treacherous climbs and side hills, and you have the Iditarod. A race extraordinaire, a race only possible in Alaska.  The race starts in Anchorage, in south central Alaska, to Nome on the western Bering Sea coast.”  This year's race starts on March 4th.  To learn more about the Iditarod:  http://iditarod.com/about/










Monday, October 24, 2016

The Bead Affaire - It Was a Blast!!

Wow, that was fun!!  Thank you to all the people who came out to the Bead Affaire in Watertown on such a gorgeous day!  One of the special perks of vending at the Bead Affaire is that you have prime seating for your own personal “wearable art fashion show”. It is always a joy to see what beautiful pieces people are wearing, be it a necklace, bracelet, pin or article of clothing. 

One of my greatest enjoyments is helping a person find the special piece that will enhance or complete a look.  This fuels my need to continue with my own creations.

Catching up with old friends always fills my heart with happiness; many thanks to those that took the time to stop by and say ‘hello’.

Below is a necklace that Robin Pass put together after the show, including a single translucent aqua blue bead she purchased from me.  I am always excited to see how people incorporate my work into theirs...  Beautiful work Robin!!

Necklace created by Robin Pass

Sunday, October 9, 2016

The 38th Annual Bead Affaire - October 15th, 2016!

Hello Friends!

It is once again that special time of year! The weather is crisp and the nights are brisk with the stars twinkling brightly in the evening sky.  The leaves are turning stunning colors and all of this means that it is time for the very BEST bead show in New England, the Bead Affaire, sponsored by Beadesigner International.

The Bead Affaire has an amazing line up of bead artists and bead vendors with something for everyone. You will find handmade beads, natural stone beads, imported beads, beaded objects …. old beads, new beads, big beads, blue beads….  and me!

This will be my 2nd year back to this wonderful show that has meant so much to me over the years. 

My Ocean & Moon Series - Collaboration with Chris O'Connor

I will be sharing a table this year with my good friend Louise Erskine.  She  has been working with all forms of glass for many years, starting out her glass adventures with stained glass and today has mastered flameworking, fusing, pate de verre and decorative painting on glass (to name a few of her talents).  She will have a great selection of work available for sale.  Here are a couple of examples of Louise's work: 


"Louise's Smiles are Frowns turned upside down"
.... more of Louise's beads... 




I have been increasing my hours at the torch, having more fun and getting more and more back into the swing of things.  My goal is to find my ‘Zen’ place again, where flameworking is the cure for anything that ails me. 

I will have beads, pendants, beaded goodies: bookmarks, key chains, pens, finished necklaces and ribbons and chains to accompany a pendant or bead.  I will also have a couple of copies of Paul Engle’s  book ‘Conciatore’ and a few of Emilio Santini’s little bottles, vessels and earrings.    

I am very excited about the prospect of seeing old friends and meeting new bead enthusiasts!  Stop by and say ‘hello’!


Mark your calendars
for


October 15, 2016  10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Armenian Cultural and Education Center

47 Nichols Ave., Watertown, MA

Admission is $6:00, for a $1.00 off admission - print the coupon on  BDI's website:  Bead Affaire Coupon  
 A list of vendors can be found here:  Bead Affaire 2016 Vendor List

Below are two necklaces that Chris O'Connor and I collaborated on. 

 I will have both pieces at the show.





I hope to see you at the show!




Monday, October 12, 2015

The 37th Annual Bead Affaire - October 17th, 2015!

Hello my Glass and Bead Friends!

Well I am very excited and I have to admit, a little nervous, to be returning to the best bead show in New England, the Bead Affaire, sponsored by Beadesigner International.  I have been very busy playing with molten glass and fire; reacquainting myself with the quiet calm that comes over me when I find myself sitting behind a torch.

I’m looking forward to seeing all you wonderful bead people!  I'm happy to be able to have my wonderful hubby, Paul, giving me a hand at the show this year. Yeah Paul!  

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Tucson 2015 - New Show - Tucson Glass Art and Bead Festival

Hello Glass and Bead Friends!

I am thrilled to announce that I will be returning to Tucson this year! It has been two years since I’ve been there and I miss the people and the town itself. 

I will be exhibiting at a new show, the Tucson Glass Art and Bead Festival, a show focusing on handmade glass. The line-up of exhibitors has some of the most talented artists in glass. One such artist, Jared DeLong, has not been in Tucson for several years and his glasswork and carving skills are unrivaled.  Also attending will be a group of Japanese artists who have cornered the market on delicate detail in their glass beads and artwork.  Lewis Wilson will  present select items for viewing and sale from his personal collection-- along with his own artwork; he has been making glass art for over 40 years! A full list of exhibitors seen here at http://www.tucsonglassartshow.com/exhibitors.html.


This year, my husband Paul will be with me at the show. He just finished writing Conciatore, the Life and Times of 17th Century Glassmaker Antonio Neri, a biography on Antonio Neri, author of the first printed book of glass recipes  published in 1612. Paul will be available to discuss his new book, Antonio Neri, and to sell signed copies of Conciatore. (For more info on Conciatore: http://www.conciatore.org/




Continuing with tradition, I will have my friend Emilio Santini’s miniature bottles, amphorae and earrings for sale.  All pieces are brand new and beautiful!




Please stop by and say hello, I would love to see you!

Show location, dates and times:

Quality Inn and Suites – Airport North
5251 S. Julian Drive
Tucson, AZ

February 3rd – 7th, 2015

                                    Tuesday, Feb 3rd                   11:00am – 8:00pm
                                    Wednesday, Feb 4th             10:00am – 6:00pm
                                    Thursday, Feb 5th                 10:00am – 6:00pm
                                    Friday, Feb 6th                      10:00am – 6:00pm
                                    Saturday, Feb 7th                  10:00am – 5:00pm

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Some Recent and Some Old Work...


'Beads of a Feather' mobile -
1st Collaboration EVER ...with my hubby, Paul

'Make Like a Tree' mobile
Collaboration with Paul Engle


'Seed Pods and Leaf' beads

'Seed Pod Pendant'

'Flower Garden' necklace 
Collaboration with Karen Flowers

'Feather and Tassel' necklace
Collaboration with Chris O'Connor

'Honey Comb Bead' Bracelet
Collaboration with Francine Emrick

'Ocean Waves' necklace

'Ocean Moon Bead'

'My Father's Bead' necklace
In memory of my dad... Fred Heiden, Jr

Sunday, October 13, 2013

I'm back! .... well sort of....


... and I am very happy and excited!!!
I love to play with fire and glass to design works that bring peace to my soul.


My studio is where I find serenity (and a few creepy crawlies on occasion). This is the view out my studio window, gazing upon the wildlife and the quiet pond in our back yard. 

The studio in winter.

The making of a bead.