Autumn 2022 Creativity Challenge

Stronger Together - ISGB/Beads of Courage

This month we are inviting everyone to join us, let's be Stronger Together in helping the Beads of Courage reach their goal.  They are currently in need of beads of all types to support their program.

 

Create a minimum of 15 beads to donate to the Beads of Courage.

Challenge Sept 2022 -1 (4)

Susan Oltman

Artist Statement

Some of the beads I have made for BOC are these made with Lauscha glass donated to our chapter by Paula of Flame Dame Glass. I imagine a child battling illness, daydreaming of collecting shells on the beach when they have victory over their health challenge!

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Stephanie White

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For this challenge I experimented with some glass I had never worked with before and made some cute little animals (some brown and green birds and some teddy bear faces).

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Gerry White

Artist Statement

For this challenge I went through all my desks, drawers, and boxes of beads to find any that were overlooked.

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Lisa Blanchard

Artist Statement

Lisa Blanchard owner, and artist has been creating all of her life.  Growing up on the coast of Maine gave me a love for the world around me. The middle child of a creative family.  We grew up making gifts to give, and quickly learned that handmade gifts received were the best and treasures from the heart. My parents took great joy in things that were both practical and beautiful and have passed that delight to me. 

I took my first glass class in 1984, and have never looked back, and continue to add bigger kilns, torches and experiences.  In addition to glass I love to paint and sketch, especially when traveling. There is so much to learn!  And create! I enjoy combining my love of art, creating, teaching and curiosity into fun classes, workshops and adventures.

Whomever said, “Wherever you go, there you are!” was surely referring to me.  I find inspiration in the places and people around me, wherever I am.

When not in the studio, I can be found gardening, boating, skiing, bicycling, playing tennis, traveling and visiting with family and friends.

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Julia Tachihara

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I am a member of the Glass Dragons. I live in Reno, NV, and have been making beads for about 16 years. For the past few years I have sent 20-40 beads a year to Beads of Courage. I also sell Carry-a-Bead kits. I like making little silly critters/monsters and this year you can see the eyes have it. There are only 18 in this batch, but there will be more sent before long.

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Nina Dusedau

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I became aware of Beads Of Courage around 2006 through an article in a bead magazine, written by Sharon Peters interviewing Jean Gribbon. I was very moved by the article. Very soon after, I watched Sharon Peters demo a monkey bead that she was making for Beads Of Courage. After listening to her explain the point of Beads Of Courage, it hit me that I had a whole group of beadmakers at my disposal that I could introduce to BOC and make it our goal to contribute to this amazing cause. I spoke with my teacher, Stefanie Maddelena, and she was very excited about the program. She agreed to collect beads from all of her students in her glass beadmaking classes. We collected hundreds of beads that I cleaned and sent to BOC. Since that time, I have enjoyed making BOC beads and enjoyed encouraging other glass beadmakers to do the same. 

In this batch of beads there are Marcy’s Pup Beads, which I get a kick out of making cause I love dogs and Marcy’s work just makes me happy. I am a bird watcher of sorts, and enjoy making these little colorful cartoony birds for the kids. Two are from Jeri’s tutorial, and other  random beads I’ve included for the kids.

Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to contribute in the name of the SoCal Flamesurfers and the ISGB.

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Juliet Page

Artist Statement

As someone with a serious genetic condition, Cystic Fibrosis, I’m very proud of and grateful for the strong support and encouragement Beads of Courage gives to children and their families who are dealing with serious medical conditions. The program really makes a difference, and provides a bright spot in these children’s lives.  I have been supporting the wonderful Beads of Courage program for years, initially by making beads with my local chapter, but also over the last few years, participating in auctions.  I’m also really happy for the opportunity to collaborate with my daughter, making more than 20 Lampwork tutorials for fun kid style beads, hosted on her ExaLectric YouTube page. I’m really pleased to see ISGB and many of the chapters encouraging everyone to support BOC!

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Diana Spiller

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My idea was to make something that delights children and adults alike.  We're all kids at heart.  What better way than to celebrate the upcoming winter season.  We all know that one snowflake disappears in the blink of an eye but a million snowflakes make a snowball.  Stronger together!

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Louise Erskine

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I thought about the colors, shapes, textures and sizes in making these beads. Some green creatures interspersed for fun too. I hope the recipients will have as much fun with them as I had making them.

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Kathy Sanders

Artist Statement

I am obsessed with gnomes of all sizes, shapes, and styles even though some people say they are going out of "style." I sincerely hope the kids will love these baby gnomes in their tiny onesies with their teeny tiny toes sticking out!

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Debra Becker

Artist Statement

Here's a group of Christmas Carolers ready to bring joy and happiness to all. I love it when a bead looks back at ya and these cuties have the eye to do it.

My passion to make beads for Beads of Courage started in 2014. I love and enjoy making the beads and it's my pleasure to do so. This is my third year participating with the Stonger Together Challenge and BOC 1000+ Bead Challenge.

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Karen Headstream

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I chose one of the inspirational tutorials generously provided by ISGB and multiple artists! Thanks!

I made some of Janice Peacock’s Fast Fish in a variety of bright colors. I also made some fun paw print beads.

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Inge von Roos

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This fall I made many of my beads of courage beads using the Arizona Society of Glass Beadmakers’ tutorials. The tutorials were by Juliet Page, Diane Sepanski, Karen Crown-Polzin, and Wendy Wyman. Great fun!

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Jackie Marr

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Inspired by Arizona weekly tutorials. Already mailed these and hundreds more to BOC.

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Colleen Grebus

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I made smile and frown faces as well as other colorful beads to help express how they feel.

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Ann Conlin

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When I think back through the many decades since I was a child, I am reminded my of feelings of wild abandon. As I approached this challenge, I abandoned any thoughts of making beads that would make nice jewelry, but tried instead to make something that would make me smile when I was a child.  As a result, I received a gift from each child who will receive one of these beads.  As I made each bead, the struggles each of these children's experience with illness allowed me to be transported to a more carefree time, filling me with hope that in some small way, each of my beads will allow these children to feel that sense of wild abandon every child should feel every minute of every day.

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Vicky Thompson

Artist Statement

Always learning and building my beadmaking skill set while enjoying the company of wonderful friends.

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Tanya Layton

Artist Statement

These are 20 beads for the kids. My inspiration this year is hearts and flowers. I have also added some murrini and twisty mushrooms and a woodland critter or two in the mix.  The children are my inspiration.

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Kevin Heard

Artist Statement

I drew inspiration from several of the amazing tutorials that were posted by various artists and organizations. In particular, I was drawn to the mushroom beads that Diane Sepanski did a tutorial of for the ASGB October challenge. I loved how simple they were, yet lent themselves to all sorts of fun color combinations. When making beads for Beads of Courage, my main focus is creating something with bright, bold colors.

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Carolyn Ferrell

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I loved the avocado tutorial! These are such happy breads with little personalities. Everybody loves them. 

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