Wednesday, 16 December 2015

ISGB Bead & Button Scholarship Award Recipient - that's me!

2016 Bead&Button Show - ISGB  Scholarship Award Recipient 
We are pleased to announce the recipient of the 2016 Bead&Button Show - ISGB Scholarship, Linda Newnham. 
Linda is a glass beadmaker and jewelry designer living and working independently on the Isle of Wight in the United Kingdom. She designs and creates not just beads, but a variety of jewelry components in the form of headpins, glass rings and toggle clasps. Linda's inspiration comes from many directions which she says leads her on an unexpected journey that continues to motivate her every day.  
This generous scholarship is given by the Show and ISGB in support of members who seek artistic excellence and the education needed to further explore their passion for glass, beadmaking, metal work, jewelry making, and more. 
The scholarship includes:  
*  Bead&Button Show Registration Fee 
*  2016 Bead&Button Show Commemorative Bead, designed by Robyn Cornelius 
*  Master Class and the Master Class Dinner Event 
*  Six (6) Hour Workshop and Three (3) Hour Workshop 
*  Tickets to Meet the Teachers, Lampworking Madness, Bead Social & Auction Night 
*  Hotel Accommodations for the Event  
*  $300 Stipend to Assist with Airfare or Driving Expenses 
This year, we received a record number of scholarship applications and the decision was a difficult one for the jury. Submissions were excellent and we are proud of each of our ISGB members who participated.  

I can still hardly believe it! So excited and honored to have been accepted for this amazing scholarship provided by the ISGB. Such a fantastic opportunity and an amazing selection of classes to choose from.

It's the first time I have applied for anything like this. This is what I had to do for the application:

To Apply for the Bead&Button Show - ISGB Scholarship

•   Applicants must be a new, first time attendee to any portion of the Bead&Button Show 

•   Applicants must be a current ISGB member at the time of submission and at the time of the Show 

•   Applicants are required to submit an Artist Statement, which should also include the vision and inspiration in your work

•   Applicants are required to submit a one-page essay explaining how you expect to benefit from attending the Bead&Button Show and what you hope to return to the glass, beadmaking, and/or jewelry community from your experience in workshops and at the Show   

•   Three (3) images representing the scope of your work must be submitted via email to . Please label each image in numerical order with your name. For example, “01_Smith.jpg,” etc. Images must be in JPG format, and should be a maximum size of 1MB

•   Three (3) letters of recommendation must accompany the application    

 I'll let you know how I got on here in my little blog but not until June 2016.

Thanks for looking.

Linda x

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

AJE December Reveal

The theme for December on the Art Jewellery Elements Blog is about the Re-birth of the sun. or more importantly the Winter Solstice which was on December 22nd. You can read all about the challenge and the inspiration behind in by clicking the link above.

When I saw this inspirational picture with the spirals posted by Lesley
I knew exactly what I was going to make.

This challenge couldn't have come at a better time for me, too many grey days and not enough sun is enough to make anyone down, so with bright oranges in mind for a bright sun it was bound to give me a lift.

I made these headpins using a glass called Apricot Yellow, one of my absolute favourites. I love the way that the glass has a different tone where it has been stamped.

I used this spiral stamp from ABR Imagery to create the texture in the centre of the headpin and then placed dots on the outside and manipulated them in the flame to makes the rays of the sun. The first ones were a bit ropey but I got much better as I went on, managing to get the rays to all go the same way.

I knew I wanted 5 to make a necklace plus a few extra to put for sale in my Etsy store.

When I set about designing a piece of jewellery I like to pull out all the beads and ribbon in my stash that I think will go with what I am making. Now I have to say that although I love orange as you can see I don't have that many orange beads in my stash.

I didn't want to make the necklace too fussy as I felt the headpins had enough detail in them as it is so I had a little play and narrowed it down to some seed beads (from a charity shop find), some of those yummy matt crystals (from Totally Beads I had a look on their site but can't see them any more) and some hand dye chiffon ribbon (purchased from Ebay a while ago).

I wrapped the chiffon ribbon around some 2mm elastic cord and finished the ends with some ribbon crimps. I threaded some of the seed beads and a crystal onto the headpin and then because I didn't want the headpins to move around the necklace, I wire wrapped them in place at intervals.

Now of course a necklace like this needs a special clasp to finish it off, so back to the torch I went and made one of my daisy toggle clasps with a twist.

Here is the finished piece

I hope you like it.

Don't forget to pop over and give some love to the other participants.

Guest Designers

AJE Team

Thanks for looking.

Linda x

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