Carolyn Cave is our Celebrity Guest for Beadwork at the 2019 GRBS Show. She will be teaching and doing demos during our fall show. More information about her is here.
She specializes in beadwork jewellery. She is an award-winning jewelry designer and the author of Beautiful Designs with SuperDuos and Twin Beads and Stitching with a Handful of Beads for Kalmbach Pub (Bead & Button).
She is bringing jewellery pieces to sell at her vendor table.
Maria Rypan is a well-known bead artist, researcher and recognized expert on ‘gerdany’, Ukrainian-style of beadwork since 1995. She loves teaching, creating visually-oriented instructions, has produced an all-inclusive kit line which she is now retiring. www.rypandesigns.com.
DNA Bugle and Pony Bead Bracelet kits and Cascading Swags.
Netted Zigzags with Daggers in red, few Triple V Jewels, Cascading Swags and Herringbone Soutache kits await beaders.
Sandy English is the owner of Origami Owl Custom Jewelry. Her main product is the “Living Locket”, a clear-faced, hollow pendant. It can be filled with a variety of charms that tell a story. She will be bringing a variety of chains, pendants, and charms.
Craig Ewing has been an artist of many mediums his entire life. Fifteen years ago, he focused on beading, and he has never looked back. He is primarily a self-taught designer, creating unique wearable art for his clients. His main focus of design uses seed beads, Swarovski elements, natural agates, semi-precious stones, skulls, and freshwater pearls, but not limited to these mediums, which he incorporated as focal points.
Now a published artist and teacher, he will still continue to grow and experiment. His inspirations come primarily from the roaring ’20-’30s, and the glam of yesteryear. He especially enjoys working with a rich array of metals finishes available on beads. Whether you are considering at one of his ready-made creations or having a custom piece for your self, you will only see the highest quality of materials are used, and his workmanship is outstanding.
Colour and texture are my passion. As I work, a piece takes on its own life.
It is like taking a tiger by the tail and the exhilaration and challenge of each piece can become evident to the viewer. I studied Fashion and Design in Belgrade, Serbia for five years, and have traveled the road from fashion to quilting to experimental fiber art.
Sara Silver is bringing silver chains, pendants, and finished jewellery.
My name is Sarah Alami. My small business is Sara Silver Boutique where I sell 925 sterling silver and Precious gemstones.
All my jewelry is handmade in Bali and made with the finest quality 925 and beautiful precious gemstones that come from around the world. Each gemstone has a story to tell with its beautiful colours and finish.
Bringing: Finished Jewellery, Beads, and Gemstone Beads
Yellow Bird Creations offers the finest in handcrafted, unique and one-of-a-kind jewellery designed by artist Marilynn Matheson.
Marilynn is a self-taught artist, who expresses her designs through the use of beautiful natural stones and gemstones, based in a philosophy of the healing energy of these stones. Her work includes the use of fine metals and fibres to frame and support the designs.
Marilynn has been designing jewellery and creating handmade jewellery for several years. She has taken courses in advanced wire work, gemology, silversmithing, and beading. Her work is definitely spiritual-based, drawing upon the earth’s energy when designing and creating her one of a kind jewellery pieces.
She works out of her home studio and has initiated beginner jewellery classes, starting in January 2015.
Marilyn Gardiner is a teacher, a jewellery designer, and a creator of jewellery kits. She published her first book: Modern Chain Mail Jewelry in 2015, and she will be selling and autographing her newest book, Fabulous Chain Mail Jewelry, 2018,at the show.
Her kits are known for their easy-to-follow, and clearly illustrated instructions. She also sells the jump rings, tools, beads and findings that she uses to make her own jewellery.
In addition to teaching classes in Canada and the U.S., she sells her kits and other products through her online store.
Her husband, Brad, is an active part of the company—he makes the jump rings and assembles the kits. The saw-cut and polished jump rings are available in several different metals.
Bringing: Kazuri beads from Kenya and Samunnat beads from Nepal
Karibu Beads is the authorized Canadian distributor of fair-trade Kazuri beads and buttons from Kenya. These wonderful beads are made from the clay around Mount Kenya, and are hand-made and hand-painted by the women employed in the Kazuri factory. A new addition of hand-made polymer clay beads from Nepal are also fair-trade and support Nepalese women who are affected by domestic violence. Each bead is a gift, and a story of one woman’s life. Deb Thivierge, the owner of Karibu Beads is very excited to be back at the fantastic Grand River Bead Society Fall Show this year!
Jeanne Bean is a mixed media artist who lives in Stratford, Ontario. Jeanne has a home studio where she creates jewellery with metalsmithing and wire wrapping. She also works with metal clay and resins. Other talents are bead stringing and paper quilling. She has just started selling to the public at craft shows through her company Wire, Glass and Gem Designs. Jeanne also does custom work for various clients.
Bringing: Finished Jewelry (necklaces, bracelets); Findings (silver-plated, pewter, copper, and gold tone), individual beads (bone and stone), and Seed Beads.
Using Bead Crochet, Needlework and Kumihimo Braiding, I create unique necklaces and bracelets with Japanese and Czech glass, pearls and leather in a rainbow of colours. Recently I have begun braiding leather on the Kumi disc. Both kits and finished pieces are available at my table. I shall be demonstrating Kumihimo braiding with beads throughout the show.
Bringing: Gemstone beads, freshwater pearls, TOHO & Czech seed beads, findings, stringing materials, and other beading supplies.
Canada Beading Supply is in its 35th year of supplying gemstones, freshwater pearls, seed beads, and related supplies. Check out their website www.canbead.com. If you are attending the show and have special interests, let them know beforehand as the full range of products is not taken to every show.
Bringing: Seedbeads, findings, stringing materials, mixed media supplies, beading surfaces, wire, and tools.
BeadFX is proud to be a part of the Grand River Bead Society’s Show and Sale. We are a brick-and-mortar store in Toronto’s East York neighbourhood, with a full-service online ordering system. We also offer a wide array of classes for makers in all jewellery media including chainmaille, seed beading, metalwork, lampwork, mixed media, and knotting/fibre techniques.
Booth demo area: Have a question about a product? Drop by and ask!
We’ll have lots of seed beads and other supplies for beading enthusiasts!
Stones, findings, beading surfaces, looms and more!
Bringing: Gemstone beads, American and Mexican turquoise, charms, Kumihimo clasps, Murano beads, and some finished jewellery: e.g. Kumihimo necklaces and sterling silver earrings.
Coming from a family background in mining, Amanda started collecting rocks and minerals at the tender age of seven. Her hobby eventually turned into Earthy Girl Designs, established over 20 years ago, which encompasses a wide range of gemstone beads, Kumihimo clasps, hand-made jewellery and Native American jewellery in sterling silver. Always looking for the unusual or different, Amanda’s assortment is continuously evolving. Amanda is an active member of the Toronto Bead Society, The Gem & Mineral Club of Scarborough and a Gemmologist from the Canadian Gemmological Association, FCGmA.
Bringing: Loose lampwork beads, finished jewelry made with her lampwork beads, glass headpins, leather bracelets with glass heart charms, and etched metal components.
Deborah Muss discovered lampworking approximately 8 years ago because she was dissatisfied with the poor quality & high cost of commercially available beads. Lampworking is the process of melting glass in a very hot flame & forming it around a mandrel to create beads and other artistic glass pieces. Consequently, all the finished jewelry she makes incorporates her handmade beads, glass head pins, and metal components.
Four years ago she began teaching this amazing craft and her teaching schedule can be found on the BeadFX class calendar. BeadFX is a bead store located in Toronto and has a well-equipped lampworking studio.
Visit her booth & you can purchase both loose lampwork beads or finished jewelry. All beads are made by her and immediately annealed in a kiln for strength & durability. Her current obsession is two-tone beads and etched beads.
Argus Collection offers high-quality clasps from Israel, Europe, the U.S., and Bali.
Alison Griffiths is an author, jewellery maker and co-owner of Argus Collection which she started with her husband, David Cruise, to sell high-quality clasps and findings. They got started as Canadian distributors for U.S. made Mag-lok magnetic clasps and the inventory has grown rapidly from there. Currently, they sell at shows and through an Etsy shop, ArgusCollection.