On the weekend of April 14th and 15th, I had the pleasure of attending the Bead Fest Spring show in Philadelphia. A group of jewelry designers and bead artists from the beading community got together for an art bead swap Saturday afternoon at the show. The swap was hosted by my friend, Diana Ptaszynski of Suburban Girl Studio. Diana organized the whole event and she even planned a dinner for us afterwards. What a treat!
On Saturday afternoon, we all met up at the concessions area at the convention center and threw our names in the bag. Diana drew the partners. My art bead swap partner was Linda Landig. Linda came all the way from Washington state to meet us! I’m so glad she wanted to make that connection and join our group. It was such a wonderful pleasure to meet her and make a new friend in the beading world. Linda sure was generous with her box of beads. Here is my treasure trove of art beads from Linda:
A ceramic flower pendant from The Classic Bead, a yellow flower button from Jennifer Jangles, a copper clay pendant from Kristi Bowman, two lampwork glass beads from Radiant Mind, a lampwork focal bead from Scott Parrish and a ceramic pendant from Marti Conrad. I can not wait to play with these beautiful goodies. Linda really spoiled me with this stash of art beads!
Later on, Diana drew our names, again for some door prizes. I won this gorgeous polymer clay heart pendant from Staci Louise Smith
. I love the color and I already have an idea for a necklace! Staci was also there at the show and she joined us for our art bead swap. It was so great to meet her. She is really a friendly and super FUN girl. I’m looking forward to seeing her again next time!
The best part of attending the Bead Fest show by far, is getting together with beady friends and socializing. Here is a photo of us all at the show (aka the East Coast Bead Mafia):
, Lorelei Eurto
, Jan Onipenco
, Nancy Schindler
, Cindy Wimmer
, Diana Ptaszynski
, Vanessa Gilkes
Sitting: Melinda Orr
, Staci Smith
, Linda Landig
, Linda Hanes
It’s so nice to meet these ladies in person and make a solid, real-life connection. Isn’t that what we are all looking for in the end? A connection. I tend to think so. I had a blast with each and every one of these ladies here. They are all truly a joy to be around! I walked away 100% satisfied with my trip to Philadelphia. I’m looking forward to next time already. And speaking of next time, please join us! Consider attending Bead Fest Summer
in August! If you’d like to join the art bead swap, just contact our host, Diana
and let her know you are coming. See you there!
Erin Siegel is a jewelry designer, beading instructor and co-author of the forth-coming jewelry book, Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry: 50 Designs Using Leather, Ribbon and Cords
. To find out more, visit her blog, Erin Siegel Jewelry