Wednesday 22 February 2012

Show time!

If you have been following my blog recently you will know that towards the end of 2011 I was invited by The Beadsmith to join an on-line group of international bead artists who were all asked to choose a couple of clasps from the new 'Elegant Elements' range and then to incorporate them into our designs to show possible ways to use them.  So first I created The Family Tree using a lovely little nest clasp and then I made The Dream Divers using a beautiful domed clasp that reminded me of a turtle.  Shortly after that, Steven from The Beadsmith contacted me to say that his company was going to be attending a trade show in the UK which was quite close to where I live and he asked if I would be interested in showing some of my work at their stand ... what do you think I said?

Yes of course I jumped at the chance!  I also suggested that Steven send me a couple more clasps so that I could make a bigger display showing even more ways to use these high quality clasps.  This gave me just 10 days to come up with some new designs and get all the beadwork finished and ready to display.  Although I did change the clasps on a couple of recently completed pieces so that they could be included, I can tell you that evenings and weekends were cancelled as I pulled out all the stops to get everything finished and ready for the show.  My fingers were quite literally bleeding by the time I stitched the last bead into place but I think it was worth the extra work.

I spent two days at the show meeting and chatting to old friends and making new ones, helping out at the stand (a little!) and talking to people about my work.  Of course people weren't only interested in my work, there was a very eye-catching glass case at the edge of the walkway filled with stunning work created by some of our talented US friends (such as Nancy Dale, Linda Roberts and Cynthia Newcomer Daniel) and as they twinkled and sparkled in the lights they caught nearly everyone's attention.  Don't forget that you can drool over the work from all the artists in the 'Elegant Elements' group in this Facebook album.

And now it is time to recover from all the glitz and the glamour and return to my beady greenhouse to see what will be making an appearance in the Midnight Garden next ...


  1. I'm so glad you got to go!!! Not so glad to hear you had bleeding fingers, lol - but I hope you had a fabulous time!! Thanks so much for taking so many wonderful pictures for us!!!

  2. Kerrie,

    Thanks for sharing,you made me feel like I was right there with you....5001 miles away....hope you had an awesome time.

  3. Thank you for sharing, Kerrie! I loved seeing your pictures of the show, and reading about it - it looks like it was a very busy one, indeed.

  4. Kerrie, it's so cool that you got to work with The Beadsmith! Your pieces are lovely. Looks like all your hard work paid off... and then some. :)

  5. Loved the wonderful photos you posted to let us all see how lovely everything looked. Also LOVE the new multi-bracelet expansion piece you did!

  6. Thank you for taking the time to stop by and leave such great comments everyone!

    I was very fortunate to be able to attend the show and I loved seeing your pieces Nancy and Cindy - I just wish you could have flown over with them!

    Kerrie x


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