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Introducing 1000 Beads

April 03, 2014, 10:55 am  Posted by Lark
 

A sparkling new collection that focuses on the timeless creative practice of beadmaking,1000 Beads features a diverse group of handmade beads in glass, clay, metal, paper, and fiber from an international roster of artists. As the companion volume to Lark’s 2004 title 1000 Glass Beads, this impressive new volume provides an illuminating look at contemporary practitioners of the form.   The pieces in the collection were selected by Kristina Logan, who is known internationally for her glass beads. The techniques used—image transfer, appliqué, and traditional flameworking, among many others—are as diverse as the materials.

Whether they’re depicted individually or as part of a necklace, bracelet, or brooch, the beads in this dazzling book are examples of consummate craftsmanship on an intimate scale. Enjoy the images below and pick up a copy of 1000 Beads. You can find it at Barnes & Noble and wherever books are sold.

 

Cubes, of Course! by Ann Klem

Thera by Holly Cooper



Spiral by Wiwat Kamolpornwijit 

 

 

Purple Fibers by Lee Schein

PB2 by Lily Liu

 
 
 
 
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We thank you for sharing this call for entries promptly with all appropriate colleagues, professional groups and associations, message boards, schools, students, and beadmaking communities:

Lark Jewelry & Beading seeks excellent photographs of original, contemporary beads in all materials to publish in a new juried, international collection in our 500 Series of books: Showcase 1000 Beads. This book is scheduled to be published in January 2014. The book will be juried by Kristina Logan.

We welcome and encourage submission of photographs of your handmade beads in all materials (glass, metal, polymer clay, metal clay, ceramics, paper, fiber, plastic, wood, stone, etc.) and design styles. All work must be made no earlier than 2010, and the more recent the work the better—we’d prefer to see your 2012 work over your 2011 work, and your 2011 work over your 2010 work.

We strongly prefer images of beads that have not been published previously, and please do NOT submit images of pieces that have been published in any Lark book. We can accept only high-quality digital images. Artists will receive full acknowledgment within the book and a complimentary copy. Artists retain copyright of their work. There is no entry fee.

All submissions must be submitted electronically through Juried Art Services. Note that there is no fee for using Juried Art Services. The entry page can be found at the following link: http://bit.ly/VTfT6E or, the full URL,  http://www.juriedartservices.com/index.php?content=event_info&event_id=614.

Entries must be submitted by February 14, 2013. We strongly encourage early entries.

All visuals submitted must represent work that is original in design. Please choose work that reflects the book’s concept. A maximum of four entries per artist is allowed, so please submit your best work. An entry may consist of no more than two visuals: an overall shot and one detail (or alternate view); the detail shots are not required. The primary images you submit should each be different designs. For example, do NOT submit four variations of very similar beads; instead, submit one bead from each of four series.

Important: Lark will only publish photos of entries containing images and text that are free of copyright or for which the artist (or approved institution) holds copyright.

 
 
 
 
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Add some bling to your spring with inspiration (and let’s be honest: complete eye candy) from a number of our gorgeous Jewelry and Beading gallery books! Right now, hundreds of Lark books are included in a 50% Off Spring Sale on BN.com, where you’ll find everything from master beadwork to enameling instruction to easy beginner techniques.

Included in the Spring Sale are the following stunning gallery books, which spotlight no end of artistry and craftsmanship, as you can see in the featured photos. Click here for a link to the complete listing of Lark books in the BN.com 50% Off Spring Sale.

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500 Earrings

Polly Wales

“Gypsy Wedding”

Each 7 x 9 x 0.1 cm

Gold plate, sterling silver, 9-karat gold, aquamarines; hand pierced

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500 Silver Jewelry Designs

Jasmin Winter

“Friends of Mine: Two Sides”

63 cm long

Sterling silver, enamel, resin, thread; annealed, oxidized

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Masters: Gemstones

George Morin

“Jaded Sun”

3.6 x 4.9 x 3 cm

Gold, jade, Paraiba; hand fabricated, pavé set

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UPDATE 1/9/2013: Congratulations to Colleen White of Bradenton, Florida, the randomly selected winner of this giveaway. Our thanks to everyone who participated: thank you for being a part of our community! ~ Ray

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Well, it’s the holiday season, and I hope you’re feeling in the spirit—or at least whatever kind of good spirit is meaningful to you!

The spirit I’m feeling today is genuine gratitude for all the kind community you share with us throughout the year, and that makes me want to give something special to thank you.

So I’m doing a spur-of-the-moment giveaway, and a big one: a random selection of 15 of our 500 Series books old and new from Lark Jewelry & Beading, including two especially precious ones that are out of print. Here are the books in the set, stacked nicely in a pile by my desk (okay, honestly, that’s not my desk or anywhere close to it; my desk is covered in papers and a stack of books would tumble over very loudly):

Showcase 500 Rings
Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry
500 Necklaces
500 Pendants & Lockets
500 Metal Vessels
500 Judaica
500 Silver Jewelry Designs
500 Plastic Jewelry Designs
500 Brooches (out of print)
500 Bracelets
400 Polymer Clay Designs
500 Gemstone Jewels
1000 Glass Beads (being taken out of print with more than 38,000 copies sold lifetime, and we have now run out of stock in our warehouse)
1000 Rings
21st Century Jewelry: The Best of the 500 Series

How can you enter for a chance to win this fabulous set of 15 inspiring gift books? Leave a comment on this blog post by 9 p.m. EST on Wednesday, January 2. Any comment will do, but we’d love it if you’d write about something special: the most meaningful present you’ve ever given—and what made it so special.

One winner will be selected at random and announced on January 11, 2013. I encourage you to join us: Please “Like” the Lark Jewelry & Beading Facebook page to see photos of contemporary jewelry and beading work and to be alerted to free projects and giveaways on this blog. Click here for the official giveaway rules.

Good luck. And, of course, we here at Lark wish you and your family a holiday season and new year filled with kindness, joy, laughter, and grace.

 
 
 
 
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What could possibly make your summer days even more magical? A summer sale celebration! From July 10-17, selected books from Lark Jewelry & Beading–including many of our most popular new books from our most popular authors–are on sale at 50% off on BN.com with their special summer sale! Plus you get free shipping when you place an order for $25 or more. It’s the perfect time to purchase all those books you’ve been thinking and thinking and thinking about getting … and to load up on gifts for friends, family, and the holidays.

Look below to see all of Lark’s bead books on sale; you can click through on any cover to go directly to that book’s page on BN.com. Also, don’t miss the related posts for Lark Jewelry & Beading’s JEWELRY BOOKS, GIFT GALLERY BOOKS, or the overall sale page, including books in other categories from Lark and other publishers! Please spread the word (and this page’s URL link) with your friends and social media community right now, too … this special half-off BN.com sale only lasts through Tuesday, July 17!

So start browsing …

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What a summer celebration! From July 10-17, selected books from Lark Jewelry & Beading–including many of our most popular current books–are on sale at 50% off on BN.com with their special summer sale! Plus you get free shipping when you place an order for $25 or more. It’s the perfect time to purchase all those books you’ve been thinking and thinking and thinking about getting … and to load up on gifts for friends, family, and the holidays.

Look below to see all the jewelry and beading gallery books on sale; you can click through on any cover to go directly to that book’s page on BN.com. Also, don’t miss the related posts for Lark Jewelry & Beading’s JEWELRY BOOKS, BEADING BOOKS, or the overall sale page, including books in other categories from Lark and other publishers! Please spread the word with your friends and social media community right now, too … this special half-off BN.com sale only lasts through Tuesday, July 17!

So start browsing …

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Summer Sale: Lark’s 500 Series

July 10, 2012, 13:53 pm  Posted by Lark
 

50% Off Summer Sale at BN.comTruly, it’s as if the holidays have arrived two seasons ahead of schedule–from July 10 through July 17, BN.com is hosting a 50% Off Summer Sale of incredible Lark books! Yes, half off armfuls of books, and the following beautiful list of 500 series titles are among the sale.

Give the gift of artful inspiration to yourself, your family, your friends, students, teachers, and colleagues this year–check out the following list of 500 series books at bn.com–happy browsing!

(Want to learn about ALL of the titles in Lark’s 500 series?

See the entire 500 collection on bn.com)

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21st Century Jewelry

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1000 Glass Beads1000 Glass Beads

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1000 Rings1000 Rings

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400 Polymer Clay Designs400 Polymer Clay Designs

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400 Wood Boxes400 Wood Boxes

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500 Animals in Clay500 Animals in Clay

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500 Art Quilts500 Art Quilts

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500 Beaded Objects500 Beaded Objects

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We’ve asked some of our authors, contributors, and favorite people in the beading community to recommend the very best beading and jewelry books, and we’re stacking these lists all together for you. The books might be ones they especially treasure and love, that affected their own work or development, or simply books they’d recommend as excellent, helpful, and instructive.

Click here to see an earlier post featuring the first eight lists, from Diane Fitzgerald, Jean Campbell, Sabine Lippert, Margie Deeb, Kathy King, Carol Dean Sharpe, Jennifer VanBenschoten, and Jill Wiseman.

Our newest list is from Amy Katz, joining the wishlists of Margo C. Field, Diane Hyde, Melissa Grakowsky, Jean Power, and Paulette Baron. We’ll keep updating this post with new lists in the days to come.

Please enjoy, share the link widely, and leave a comment on this post with the beading and jewelry books you recommend yourself. Join the Lark Jewelry & Beading community on Facebook, too!

Amy Katz

List No. 14: Amy Katz

Amy’s website is beadjourney.com. She writes:

I decided to look at this list as if I was stranded on a desert island (with all my beads of course), and upon my arrival my books were sinking. Which ones would I save not knowing if I’d ever see another living soul? I know I’d never run out of beads (I have bought more than my lifetime’s worth). I think all true bead addicts can relate to that. So if it was going to be me and my beads isolated for an undisclosed period of time or perhaps forever, here are the books that I couldn’t live without. Happy holidays to all!

 

 

 

1.  Creating Glamorous Jewelry with Swarovski Elements by Jean Campbell

I love this book. Jean has taken the jewels of the famous and translated them to beadwork. What a wonderfully creative concept that to me is so inspiring.

 

 

 

2.  500 Beaded Objects

This is truly a sea of beautiful projects from some of the finest artists of our time. Looking at the photos gives me so much inspiration to create and move forward with my art.

 

 

 

3.  The Art of Bead Embroidery by Heidi Kummli and Sherry Serafini and Sherry Serafini’s Sensational Bead Embroidery

It’s a tie! I’d save both of these beautiful books. I love the way Heidi and Sherry compared their views of the art in the former book, but it’s also nice to have one of Sherry’s solo compositions. These two are true companion books if you want an in-depth view of bead embroidery.

 

4.  Beaded Colorways by Beverly Gilbert

This book really opened my eyes to the beauty of color. The way it is written actually demonstrates the use of color that in my mind is a very difficult concept to get across. It is uniquely and beautifully done.

 

 

 

5.  Rachel Nelson-Smith’s Bead Riffs

I really enjoyed the way Rachel mixed her love of jazz with her love of beads. There is really passion in this book from both of her creative sides, which makes it very special for me.

 

 

 

 

6.  Beading Across America by Paulette Baron, Amy Katz,
and Sherry Serafini

I have to tout my own book, not for the “me” factor at all but for the “we” factor. This book features projects from some of the greatest artists of our time. It is a sampler of projects designed to inspire people to look at their work in a new light. It also features a huge variety of stitches that makes for a great learning opportunity. I can’t even begin to describe how much I’ve learned about the art of beadwork just from being a part of this publication.

 

 

Margo C. Field

List No. 13: Margo C. Field

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Best Beading Books: Eight Lists

December 01, 2011, 16:55 pm  Posted by Lark Jewelry & Beading
 

We’ve asked some of our authors, contributors, and favorite people in the beading community to recommend the best beading and jewelry books, and we’re stacking these lists all together right here for you. The books might be ones they especially treasure and love, that affected their own work or development, or simply books they’d recommend as excellent, helpful, and instructive.

These lists come from Jean Campbell, Kathy King, Diane Fitzgerald, Carol Dean Sharpe, Sabine Lippert, Margie Deeb, Jennifer VanBenschoten, and Jill Wiseman. Read them, and then go read even more lists.

Please enjoy, share the link widely, and leave a comment on this post with the beading and jewelry books you’d recommend to others. Join the Lark Jewelry & Beading community on Facebook, too.

List No. 8: Jean Campbell

Jean Campbell is the senior editor of Beadwork magazine, a Create Your Style Crystallized Elements Ambassador for Swarovski, a blogger for Beading Daily, and the author of numerous books, including Creating Glamorous Jewelry with Swarovski Elements, The Art of Beaded Beads, Steampunk Style Jewelry, and Beading with Crystals. Visit her website at www.jeancampbellink.com.

I have so many favorites that this could take all week, but here are a handful of books that I seem to go to for inspiration again and again:

Seed Bead Fusion: 18 Projects to Stitch, Wire & String by Rachel Nelson-Smith: Book CoverSeed Bead Fusion by Rachel Nelson-Smith: I love Rachel’s use of color, but it’s her beadwork shaping in conjunction with wire that totally inspires me. She’s a genius! I also like that this book has both step-out photography and illustrations, something rare in beadwork books.



Enchanted Adornments by Cynthia Thornton: This book’s title is so appropriate. It reads like a personal fairy tale, and Cynthia’s designs and whimsical illustrations are just magical.



Creating Crystal Jewelry with Swarovski
by Laura McCabe: This has been a go-to book for so many of us crystal lovers! Laura really started the whole ball rolling on seed beaders working with crystal stones, and this is the bible on how to do it. I especially like her sizing charts.



Marcia DeCoster’s Beaded Opulence
Diane Fitzgerald’s Shaped Beadwork
Maggie Meister’s Classical Elegance
Sherry Serafini’s Sensational Bead Embroidery
These four books by four of the powerhouses in the bead world are simply stunning. Marcia’s intriguing shaping, Diane’s clever stitching, Maggie’s delicious inspiration, and Sherry’s sumptuous designs make them all coffee-table books at my house.

Kathy King

List No. 7: Kathy King

Kathy King is the author of Bead Quilled Jewelry., and her work has been featured in all the leading beading magazines. Learn more about Kathy and her work at www.kathykingjewelry.com.

Here a a list of five of my favorite jewelry books. There are so many it was hard to pick just five!

Creative Bead Weaving: A Contemporary Guide To Classic Off-Loom Stitches1. Creative Bead Weaving by Carol Wilcox Wells: After taking my first beadweaving class from Carol, this was the first book I bought on the subject. It is still one of the best for instruction on the basic stitches.

 

500 Beaded Objects: New Dimensions in Contemporary Beadwork by Lark Books: Book Cover2. 500 Beaded Objects: New Dimensions in Contemporary Beadwork by Carol Wilcox Wells and Terry Krautwurst: This is just a great book to show you the diversity of seed beads. I love seeing what other artists are doing with the medium and am constantly amazed by it.

 

Masters: Beadweaving by Carol Wilcox Wells: Book Cover3. Masters: Beadweaving — Major Works by Leading Artists by Carol Wilcox Wells and Ray Hemachandra: Another great book to see what others are doing with the medium. Tons of inspiration from all the artists.

 

 

Art Jewelry Today 2 by Jeffrey B. Snyder: Book Cover

4. Art Jewelry Today 2 by Jeffrey B. Snyder: A great source of inspiration for jewelry design. It covers all kinds of materials and styles. I love seeing what other seed beaders are doing and also seeing the shapes and colors artists from other mediums are using.

 

 

Miriam Haskell Jewelry by Cathy Gordon: Book Cover

5. Miriam Haskell Jewelry by Cathy Gordon and Sheila Pamfiloff: The book covers the entire career of Miriam Haskell and all the different designers that have worked for the company. I get so much inspiration for designs looking at the costume jewelry created over the past several decades.

 


Diane Fitzgerald

List No. 6: Diane Fitzgerald

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Winner of SEVEN 500 Series books!

October 08, 2010, 09:30 am  Posted by Lark Jewelry & Beading
 

More than 220 people left comments on our blog post hoping for a chance to win seven fantastic 500 books from Lark Jewelry & Beading.

We offered a fantastically diverse bundle of seven non-jewelry books: the newly released and incredibly beautiful 500 Judaica, along with 500 Metal Vessels, 500 Enameled Objects, 500 Knives, 500 Beaded Objects, 1000 Glass Beads, and 400 Polymer Clay Designs.

Our winner is Sharon Driscoll. In her comment, Sharon wrote, “I love this series of books. I use them all of the time to stoke my creative energy when it ebbs. The Driscoll library of heavenly inspiration and learning needs some new additions.” Thank you to everyone in the Lark Jewelry & Beading community who left a comment, and Sharon, we hope you and yours love the books!